Nasal Surgery: Know the Basics For A Safe Outcome

Nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, is performed by a doctor with surgical expertise for changing a conspicuous or misshapen nose into a normal shape.  Some people have a bump on the bridge of the nose, a ball-shaped tip or it may be crooked, which can draw attention to the nose and away from their preeminent features.

whitespaceSuperficial nasal surgery is generally performed in a surgical hospital center where the patient is under anesthesia.  However, some hospitals and surgeons prefer outpatient rhinoplasty surgery.  The suturing is done with advanced techniques which alleviate the need for packing of the nose, making recovery more relaxed.  After one week, most patients return to work or school if the splint taped to the outside of their nose is removed.

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During your consultation before nasal surgery, you should tell the surgeon exactly what you specifically want changed.  Explaining what needs to be the main focus of the surgery is the key element of great results.  Your medical history is also important, especially any procedures performed on sinus, nose or septum, and your ease of breathing.

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Also, any smoking habits you have had, or still have, and nicotine gum are especially important to tell your surgeon.  It is important that you reveal any medical history involving high blood pressure that cannot be controlled, blood thinning medications, and all over-the-counter pain relievers except Tylenol.  These are forbidden two weeks prior to and three weeks following the surgery, as are ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, and high servings of fish oil and vitamin E.

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When you have definitely decided to have the surgery, there will be a visit to the surgeon’s office that will last for about 90 minutes.  You will receive instructions concerning before and after surgery and prescriptions.

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The day of the surgery, your surgeon’s staff will greet you and then work to make you as comfortable as possible.  You will probably spend one-two hours at the hospital after the nasal surgery before returning home.  Most patients take their prescribed medication for pain for 24-36 hours after the surgery before switching to Tylenol.  Other patients use Tylenol at the beginning.

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In situations where rhinoplasty is performed as outpatient surgery, it is also under what is called twilight anesthesia – also known as IV sedation.  In this procedure, most incisions are hidden in the nose or in natural crimp lines, which will finally leave no evidence of the surgery.

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Six Reasons to Have Nasal Surgery
• Reduce a disproportionate nose to a normal size

• Smooth a bulge on, or other misshapen area on the bridge of the nose

• Make the tip of the nose and nostrils perfect by general standards

• Repair a nose that is broken, or stricken by injury

• Straighten a septum that is digressed

• To help one breath better and easier

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Returning to your natural activities, routine and work should be expected within one week.  However, your body needs enough time to heal both medically and emotionally, depending on the severity and reason for the surgery.

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