Nose augmentation is a medical procedure where your nose is reshaped so it has a more natural or attractive appearance. The operation is performed by a surgeon and is usually done for cosmetic reasons or to correct a defect or imperfection brought about by an injury, from birth or due to a previous surgery.
How Nose Augmentation Works?
Just like other surgical procedures, nose augmentation is done under anesthesia and last one or two hours depending on the extent of the operation. While operations vary, some common features can be found in many surgeries. For instance, additional framework under the skin has to be added for strengthening and raising nose bridge. The procedure, usually called augmentation rhinoplasty, requires the use of various materials including gristle (cartilage), bones and other synthetic materials that were developed for this purpose. Usually the extra framework is added by cutting within the nostrils or skin strut between the nostrils. In cases where a bone graft is required, it will be taken from the back elbow, rib, or hip. In surgeries where cartilage will be used, the material will be taken from cartilage within the nose or from the ears. If rhinoplasty is to be done to help the patient breathe, the problem may be corrected by straightening the buckle although methods may be used. If the nose has collapsed, it will need more than just simple surgery and require multiple skin grafts. While this procedure is complicated, surgeries for cosmetic purposes are much simpler and won’t take as long to complete. In addition, the recovery time is usually much quicker.
Possible Complications with Nose Augmentation
Complications arising from the surgery varies from patient to patient, but most will experience some bruising and swelling around the eyes. During the period of recovery, a splint will be used to support the nose, and it may take a week or three weeks before it is removed. Aside from the bruising, there will be some swelling as well as feeling of stiffness around your face. All these are normal and will go away after some time.
If you are planning to have an L shaped silicon implant you should prepare yourself prior to the surgery. First of all you need to talk with your surgeon and tell him / her what kind of operation you want, as they’ll be the ones to determine which procedure is best. You can also help in the preparation by staying fit and healthy, avoid smoking or taking any medication that has aspirin at least a couple of weeks before the operation. In fact it is recommended that you furnish your doctor with all the meds you take first to ensure there are no complications. In addition, you need to remember that even the best nose augmentation will take some time getting used to. Following the surgery, your nose may feel hard at first and that it doesn’t seem as flexible as it used to be. This is only temporary and over time your nose will feel natural again.
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