Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves altering and reconstructing the nose. This type of surgery is commonly performed to cosmetically improve the appearance of the nose. It is a procedure that may also be sought by those with breathing issues.
Cosmetic And Functional Variables
Bone comprises the top part of the nose, and cartilage makes up the bottom part of the nose. A surgeon may perform cuts along one part of the nose or along the entire length and sides of the nose. If a nose contains a prominent bump along its bridge or if the nostrils appear to flair out, due to the shape and structure of the bottom of the sensory organ, an individual may seem a cosmetic modification. This process may require that bone or cartilage be removed from the nose.
Extensive surgery may involve cutting through a large portion of bone and cartilage. A functional obstruction, such as a blocked nasal passageway, could also be influential on a person's decision to seek rhinoplasty. The breathing process can be greatly improved by having this type of surgery performed.
Cosmetic surgery may not be covered by insurance. A functional surgery may be covered by some types of insurance. If a rhinoplasty procedure is being sought for both cosmetic and functional reasons, the cosmetic portion may need to be paid 'out of pocket'. The functional portion of the surgery may be covered by an insurance policy.
An Open Or Closed Procedure
An open surgical procedure will involve making incisions along the bridge or base of the nose. A series of stitches will remain visible along the exterior of the nose. There may be a series of stitches that will be used to sew up the interior parts of the nose. The interior row of stitches will be absorbed by the body.
The standard stitches will need to be removed from the nose. This will be conducted by a doctor during a follow-up appointment. A closed surgical procedure will involve making incisions and using interior stitches to sew them up. All of the stitches that are used during a closed procedure will be absorbed by the body.
A patient will need to leave their nose covered after a surgical procedure is performed. A surgeon—such as Susan L. Chobanian, M.D.—can discuss healing processes and stitch removal techniques that a patient will need to adhere to. The complexity of the healing process will be dependent on the type of surgery.