Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is done in order to reshape the nose by removing, rearranging or reshaping bone and/or cartilage. Rhinoplasty is done for both functional and cosmetic reasons. That is, often reshaping the nose in conjunction with septoplasty can improve the ability to breath through the nose. Of course, rhinoplasty can also be done purely as a cosmetic procedure to improve ones appearance. Both functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty are among the most frequently performed operations today.
A medical history along with a careful nasal examination is conducted in order to evaluate your general health and nasal anatomy. If cosmetic changes are desired, a discussion of concerns and expectations of the outcomes are discussed. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs that contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excessive bleeding. Antibiotics may be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.
A caste and often nasal splints are usually required for about one week. Most people resume their normal activities at that time. Breathing can take several days to return to normal because of swelling.
Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Bruising occurs around the eyes, but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks.
Your insurance company may pay for all or part of the costs associated with your surgery if it is performed as a result of nasal obstruction. It is recommended that you check with your carrier to determine if there is coverage.
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