Nose Correction - Rhinoplasty
If the story of Cyrano de Bergerac is unfamiliar to anyone, then he was a man plagued all his life by an over dimensional nose. Just like the main character in Edmond Rostand’s drama, many people suffer if their nose is too large. But it is not only the size that can be a mental strain for people, the shape, whether it be, for example hooked, bumped, humped or anything else other than what is considered “normal”, it can be just as heavy on the psyche. A conspicuous-looking nose can therefore be troublesome because the nose in particular greatly contributes to the overall harmony of the facial expression. We are therefore fully aware of the responsibilities we have in performing this surgery. Above all, the unique characteristics of the individual’s face must be retained.
Rhinoplasty is carried out on short-stay in-patients under general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic in combination with sedatives which induce a half-sleep. On rare occasions it can also be carried out on an out-patient basis. The extent of surgery will either require closed or open rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty requires an incision in the columella – the fleshy piece of tissue between the nostrils at the base of the nose (see diagram). The skin is then freed from the underlying nasal cartilage and bones. In this way it is possible to carry out the necessary corrections to the nose cartilage, nasal septum and nasal bones.
Aftercare and Recovery
The wounds are closed and nasal packing is usually required for a few days. A support which stabilizes and forms the nose is essential. This can also be in the form of a plaster cast. As swelling and bleeding take time to stop, you will have to sleep for a few days with your upper body as raised as much as possible. Sports or physically demanding activities must be avoided for a few weeks. In general, it is necessary to avoid all activities that could lead to a swelling of the mucous membranes in the nose in order not to endanger the success of the operation.