Rhinoplasty is a surgical intervention aimed at changing the shape of the nose, increasing or decreasing the size, or just improving its contour. This procedure is also able to narrow the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip, raising or lowering the nose tip. It is not only performed for aesthetic purposes, but it also corrects congenital problems, or traumatisms, and some nasal respiratory problems, which can affect the patient’s quality of life.
The first step in a nose surgery or rhinoplasty is to ask your surgeon the reasons for undergoing the procedure, the expected results, trying to be objective all the time. In this visit, your surgeon will advise you about the procedure to follow for achieving the result that better suits to your expectations. Once the maneuvers have been decided, the surgeon will advise you about the most appropriate surgical technique (open or closed).
Rhinoplasty can be carried out since puberty, with general anesthesia in most cases, so it requires at least overnight in the hospital. The intervention lasts between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the case and technique employed. It is frequent that the patient feels discomfort the first days after surgery: facial swelling, nosebleed, bruises, etc. However, it is not a painful procedure and the patient can return to normal life in about a week after the intervention. Dr. Tarragona does not use nasal packing in rhinoplasties (unless a septoplasty is required), which increases the comfort of the patients undergoing this intervention. Stitches and the nasal splint are removed approximately in a week. Final results are achieved after one year.