Rhinoplasty, compared to other plastic or cosmetic procedures, is more commonly performed as it takes lesser time and creates a marked difference in the appearance of a person. By adding or removing some tissues and cartilage, or correcting the shape of the central ridge in the nose, it can be made to look sharper, finer and certain respiratory issues can also be solved.
Understanding the surgery
Dr. Paul McCluskey, a renowned plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, has treated several patients both local and from other states. He firmly believes that the patient should first make clear what he/she wishes to get out of the procedure, before it is done. Making changes to the nose is process that takes effort and skill. Is the patient is not too clear about what is required, it becomes hard to do corrective surgeries in the same place.
Patients should always ask some key questions before agreeing to the surgery:
- Are they suitable candidates for the surgery?
- What technique will be used?
- What shape will the nose take post-surgery – does it match the rest of your face?
- Is the surgeon a qualified plastic and/or cosmetic surgeon approved by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
- What the complications may arise and how can they be dealt with?
- How long does the procedure take and what are the precautions to be taken before and after the surgery is done?
Risks your cosmetic surgeon will tell you about
Patients get this surgery done for two reasons – to improve the shape of the nose or to get rid of breathing problems. Some patients have even mentioned that they do not snore post rhinoplasty surgeries! The patients must look at before and after pictures of the nose and their face before selecting what look they prefer. This helps the surgeon make the incision accordingly inside the nose or at the base of it. There are some risks associated with this type of surgery though, just like every other medical or cosmetic procedure has. The common ones are:
- The septum may not have been filled correctly which may leave you with holes in the central ridge inside your nose or with injuries to it.
- Complications arising due to improper use of anesthesia
- Skin complications such as skin necrosis, which means disintegration of the skin off the nose and adverse reactions to the bandaging.
- Nasal blockage due to swelling inside the nose
- Infection, if antibiotics are not properly used post-surgery.
An experienced plastic surgeon will ensure you do not suffer any complications while resolving all issues related to your nose as effectively as possible. Perfectly made incisions and adjustments ensure you do not need any corrective surgeries, so make sure you choose a reliable surgeon who takes every aspect of the surgery importantly, just like Dr. McCluskey does!
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