Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to repair the appearance of a patient's nose. The patient might believe his or her nose is too large, has an unattractive bump in the middle, has a bulbous tip or that the nostrils flare in a way that's unattractive. Other patients choose rhinoplasty because their nose has been injured, or they were born with a defect in their nose that interferes with their breathing. In these cases, health insurance may cover the procedure. However, health insurance rarely covers rhinoplasty that's done for purely cosmetic reasons.
About The Procedure
Before the operation, the doctor will take a medical history of the patient to make sure he or she is a good candidate. Some weeks before the surgery, the doctor will ask the patient to stop smoking if he or she does and to stop taking medications, vitamins or herbal supplements that can thin the blood. These substances can interfere with healing. The doctor will then take pictures of the patient's nose and face and they will discuss the type of nose the patient wants.
The procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon, either in an outpatient clinic or a hospital. The patient is given general anesthesia through both injection and inhalation, with an airway tube inserted into his or her windpipe to help her breathe during the operation. The incisions can either be inside the nose or through the band of cartilage and tissue that separates the nostrils. The cartilage and bone inside the nose is broken and then trimmed into the shape that the patient and the doctor agreed upon.
When the nasal surgery is completed, the incisions will be closed with fine sutures that will be removed about 10 days after the surgery. Bandages and splints will also be applied to the nose. The patient may spend overnight in the hospital depending on the extent of the surgery or may be allowed to go home. The patient will need to have someone drive him or her home and someone should stay with him or her for the first couple of days after the operation.