Your face is a very important aspect of your appearance, and having the right facial balance makes you attractive and helps to boost your confidence. The nose plays a vital role in giving you a good looking face, and if you are uncomfortable with the shape and size of your nose, then there is a solution for you. According to Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, a nose job is the most effective option when you need to make your nose proportional to the rest of your face, thus giving you a balanced and attractive face.
What a nose job does
A nose job is a procedure used to make your nose proportional to your face. It is also used to adjust the structure of your nose to enable you to breathe better. The position and size of your nostrils can be changed, and the bridge of your nose can be straightened out if there are any bumps or dips. The tip of your nose can also be reshaped if it is turned upwards, or if it is hooked or drooped. Nostrils that are too large or wide and that are turned upwards can also be normalized.
How to prepare
If you decide to go for the surgery, you will need to stop smoking if you are a smoker. You will also undergo some lab tests to ensure you are medically fit for the procedure. The surgeon may prescribe some medications for you, and if you are under any medication, they will advise you on whether or not to discontinue. Usually, the surgeon will also advise you to keep away from herbal supplements and aspirin to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding.
Nose job stages
The surgeon can use either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia during the procedure. The nose is then cut using the open or closed technique. In the open technique, the surgeon makes the cuts on the nose across the tissue that separates the nostrils at the bottom. During the closed technique, the cuts are all made inside the nose.
The surgeon lifts the skin of the nose and then reshapes the cartilage and bone to give it the desired shape. To reduce the nose, the surgeon removes cartilage or bone, and can also use cartilage grafts to acquire the desired shape. Cartilage grafts can be harvested from the middle of the nose, and other times from the ear, and on very rare occasions, from the ribs.
If the septum has deviated, a procedure known as septoplasty is conducted to straighten the septum, allowing proper breathing. When all the reshaping is complete, the skin is laid back on the nose and the cuts are stitched together.
Following the surgery, you may have a dull headache and your face may feel puffed up during the first few days. It is advisable to keep your face in an upright position at least during the first few days. You may swell around the eyes and also on your lips and cheeks. However, this should subside within three weeks.