The nose lies at the centre of the face and hence is the most prominent feature of the face; however, even a slight change in its position or structure can significantly impact one's facial appearance. Rhinoplasty treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore aims to weld the nose aesthetically, which will suit the face, bring symmetry, and harmonise with other features, thus enhancing the overall appearance. However, this surgery is also suitable for people with difficulty breathing, reconstructing the nose to ease breathing.
Before the surgery, the surgeon will thoroughly investigate the person's medical history and examine the patient to assess whether or not the reconstruction will require harvesting the person's tissue, such as skin or cartilage, to reconstruct the nose.
Depending on the surgery type, the doctor will administer anaesthesia. In combination with mild sedatives, general anaesthesia is used when one wants to put the patient in a deep sleep. On the other hand, local anaesthesia allows the person to be awake while ensuring a pain-free procedure.
Once the anaesthesia is administered to the patient's body, the doctor will make a small incision underside of the nose with the surgical tool and slide the skin away to view the cartilage and bone underneath. To remove the excess cartilage, a scalpel comes in handy. Then comes the most crucial part, where the bone is carefully shaped using a delicate instrument called an osteotome.
While shaping the nose to beautify one's appearance, the doctor may also take intensive care to ensure that the nasal passages are not blocked so that the breathing process is hassle-free.
Some examples of this procedure are
Nasal septoplasty to straighten a deviated nasal septum, the internal wall that separates the two nasal cavities
Inferior turbinate reduction to address membrane-covered bony structures within the nose that can become enlarged due to allergies or sinus problems
Nasal valve repair to strengthen or enlarge abnormally narrow places within the nose.
Cartilage grafts strengthen and support the nose during rhinoplasty or nasal airway surgery. Most of these grafts are taken from the nasal septum (from within the nose) or, in more complex surgeries, from behind the ear or the chest wall (rib cartilage.)
After the surgery, the doctor would cover the nose with a small splint to protect it and ensure the structure is stable and maintained. The splint should stay on for at least five days. If the surgeon has packed absorbent dressings inside the patient's nose following surgery, the packing comes out a day or two later.
The surgeon will likely use absorbable sutures (stitches) inside the nose; these will dissolve over time and not need to be removed. If there are external sutures, these may be released a week or so after surgery.
However, after the surgery, one may expect swelling around the nose, which may last for a week or two and sometimes a year. Any pain or discomfort felt by the patient can be handled with cold compresses. However, if the pain is unbearable, it is advised to go and see a doctor. However, to generate a faster recovery, it is suggested that one should keep their head elevated for a few days and avoid blowing or picking the nose, also avoid any contact with the sun. These are general guidelines; the doctor will further elaborate on post-surgery care during follow-up appointments to ensure a timely and healthy recovery. Book an appointment at Manipal Hospitals to know more about treatments with the help of best doctors in Bangalore.