Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed to improve the aesthetic aspect of the nose, by increasing it, reducing it, modifying different nasal angles or removing or adding tissue to enhance the nasal contour.
Rhinoplasty can improve the functional part of the nose when deviations of the nasal partition or growth of the nasal internal tissues prevent a good respiratory function.
The initial consultation with Dr. Del Corral is very important. Most of your doubts and expectations should be clarified, clearly establishing all the surgical points to be treated before undergoing the procedure.
It is also important to know your medical records regarding recent illnesses and medications, mainly those that affect blood clotting like steroids, Vitamin E, aspirin, hypertension, previous nasal traumas, etc.
This surgery lasts approximately two to three hours. Most of the times it’s performed through internal nasal incisions. In some difficult cases when the patient has already been operated by another professional or has sequelae from cleft lip and palate, external nasal incisions are used (open rhinoplasty) with an excellent result in the scar healing that is absolutely imperceptible after some months.
The structural changes are based on the modification of the nasal bone and cartilaginous structures. By cutting, increasing and fracturing the bone, Dr. Del Corral can modify the nasal angles obtaining the desired result.
In most cases the patient leaves the surgery room with a nasal mold that will be removed on the seventh day and occasionally corked. These plugs are used according to the complexity of the procedure and if the surgery had a functional aim, they can be removed in the recovery room or may remain on between one to three days. The patient will present swelling of the face and hematoma that will begin to disappear starting from the fifth post-surgical day. It is important to place ice or cold compresses in the nasal neighboring areas. It is important to take the analgesic medication and anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed by the doctor. It is also recommended to rest with the head at 45 degrees; pillows can be used for this purpose. Do not to use glasses the first four weeks after surgery. Do not clean the nose internally with Q-tips. Do not expose to sunlight the first two months. Use sun protection and avoid activities of physical contact during the first months.
Although rare, the most important complication is post-surgical bleeding that can be of moderate to severe proportions. Due to swelling, the patient may experience some respiratory distress at first. In a functional surgery some irregularities may require a surgical retouch later on.
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If you are considering rhinoplasty we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.