Rhinoplasty Recovery Period


Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that both aims to improve the breathing function of the nose and have a good appearance aesthetically.

The primary function of the nose is to breathe and it is necessary to maintain and improve this within rhinoplasty.



Candidates for Nose Job

The main motivation when deciding on rhinoplasty is usually dissatisfaction with the own image. Anyone with a good health condition can benefit from this aesthetic surgery. Rhinoplasty can be applied for reasons such as having an arched nose, long nose, low nasal tip, structure and asymmetrical nostrils, and damage as a result of accident and trauma. All of these problems can be resolved, as well as the curvature of the bone that causes breathing problems can be corrected.


Procedures in Rhinoplasty

The rhinoplasty procedure is generally divided into two, open and closed techniques. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. Open rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made just below the nostrils. In this way, the surgeon has a wide perspective from which he/she can see the bones, muscles, and cartilage of the nose. The incision continues inwards and reaches the nose pole. This incision will become invisible in the future. With the open technique, every part of the nose can be easily intervened. It takes longer than the closed technique.

In closed rhinoplasty, intervention is performed from the inside without lifting the nose. With the incision made, the nasal cartilages and nasal bones are reached. After the necessary procedures are applied to the bones or cartilages, they are closed with sutures. It is a shorter technique. Compared to open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty offers the surgeon more limited vision.


Rhinoplasty Recovery Period

Full recovery in rhinoplasty is a process that may take some time. It can start from about 5-6 months and last up to 2 years. Hospitalization may be required for 1 day after the operation, the patient is discharged later. The patient should not eat or drink anything for several hours. Resting with the head elevated is good for the pain. If symptoms such as mild pain or nausea occur, the patient may take medications. From the 3rd day, the patient can slowly return to his/her daily life. It is very important to protect the nose from damage at the beginning of the healing. Swelling around the nose and eyes due to the operation also starts to decrease from the 3rd day. At the end of 1 week, edema decreases visibly. It is necessary to wait a few months for it to completely disappear.

Swelling occurs around the nose and mouth after rhinoplasty. The patient's smile is affected by this but this situation is not permanent, the swelling decreases over time and the smile returns to normal within a few months.
All interventions performed inside and outside the nose with rhinoplasty are permanent. They do not lose their effect naturally.
Like all other aesthetic procedures, rhinoplasty also carries some risks and some side effects may occur afterward. Anesthesia-related problems, bleeding, and infections may be seen after rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is performed to change the shape or function of the nose. Before undergoing nose job, you should have realistic expectations and know that it is not possible to achieve a perfect nose as a result of the surgery. It is important to share your health status with your doctor to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. You should be informed about what to expect during the recovery process after surgery and follow your doctor's recommendations. After surgery, changes in the shape of your nose will be visible, but it may take several months for the results to be fully visible.
During the healing process of rhinoplasty, you may feel pain, but the intensity of the pain can vary from person to person. During the first few days after surgery, it is normal to feel mild pain and discomfort, especially in the nose area. Swelling and bruising around the nose may also be observed. To control the pain, the medications prescribed by the doctor should be taken.
The cost of rhinoplasty is generally not covered by health insurance. This is because this surgery is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures. However, in cases where rhinoplasty is performed due to health problems, it may be included in the insurance coverage. For example, if abnormalities in the shape and function of the nose cause breathing problems or if the nasal bone is broken, rhinoplasty is necessary in these cases to solve the health problems and may be covered by insurance.

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