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Rhinoplasty (nose job)

More commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure in which the nose is broken and then reshaped.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Side Effects

Potential medical risks include infection, nasal obstruction or altered breathing, poor healing of incisions and wounds, bleeding, asymmetry of the nose, a noticeable change in skin sensations such as a numbness of the affected area, persisting pain, scarring, skin contour or pigment irregularities, and a rupture of the small surface vessels of the nose. It's normal for the tip of the nose to lose sensation for about two weeks after surgery; feeling will return over time.

Who shouldn't use it: If rhinoplasty is performed on a patient who is too young, unsightly cosmetic complications can occur with the onset of puberty. The surgeon should also be aware of your medical history, current medications, previous nasal surgeries and allergies.

Drawbacks: The nose is the centerpiece of your face - a botched nose job can't be hidden, only corrected.

Recovery Time For Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

Patients usually return to work seven to 10 days after rhinoplasty surgery. Concealer can be used to cover up any marks once daily activities are resumed. The bruises that appear around the eyes should disappear after a little more than a week, while really obvious swelling can take two to four weeks to subside. Some puffiness may persist for up to a year.

After care for rhinoplasty (nose job): The nose and surrounding area are extremely sensitive and fragile following rhinoplasty surgery, so it's important to adhere to your surgeon's specific instructions. During the 24-hour period following surgery, the head should be propped upright to relieve pressure, and a protective splint will be put in place to provide stability along the septum, which divides the nasal air passage.

To help reduce the occurrence of bruising, leave the nose splint on for the full amount of recommended time - usually between five to eight days after the operation. To minimize pain, patients will often receive a prescription for painkillers, though a cold compress or bag of frozen peas will also reduce swelling and any bruising around the nose and eyes.

Avoid the sun as well as any activity, like exercise, that requires too much motion or poses an injury risk for at least a month. Those who wear glasses should find an alternative means, like tape, to hold their frames in place to avoid any added pressure to the affected area.

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