What does the rhinoplasty procedure involve?

For most patients, a Rhinoplasty procedure entails either narrowing or breaking the nose, taking a slight bump down or shaping the tip of the nose. There are three general procedures in Rhinoplasty.

The first is called the dorsum of the nose, which is the top of the nose. Surgery on this area is done to make the nose straight. The second component involves the narrowing of a nose that may be too wide. Known as Asthiatomy, this part of the Rhinoplasty procedure narrows the nose. Such narrowing is done by breaking the nose from both sides. The third component of Rhinoplasty involves shaping the tips of noses which are found not to be optimal in look and size. In essence, by shaping the tip of the nose through either an open or closed Rhinoplasty, the nose can be stitched together, cartilage can be inserted or the cartilage that is already there can be reshaped to optimize the tip’s shape and projection.

Risks

One of the risks associated with a Rhinoplasty procedure is bleeding. This is due to the incisions and breaking of the bone which is typically associated with a nose job procedure. However, this risk is not very high since most nose surgery patients do not suffer from alarming rates of bleeding or any other bleeding related complications.

Other risks associated with a nose job surgery springs from bone breakage. If the healing process of the bone doesn't happen properly there’s an increasing likelihood for the nose to heal in a crooked position. This too, is a very low risk.

If a Rhinoplasty procedure is done in an aggressive manner, a patient can suffer from what is known as a saddle nose deformity, which is caused by a collapsed nose. The occurrence of this complication is also quite rare.

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