Rhinoplasty or surgery of the nose, is a procedure that seeks to correct different nasal deformities, giving a natural appearance for each type of face. In addition, functional corrections can be made when obstructive problems exist. All these procedures can be performed either under general or local anaesthesia, and can be reintegrated into their work in about a week.
The anaesthesia used is almost always general, because it is necessary the removal of cartilage from the septum to make the grafts that will help to sculpt the skeleton of the nose. Removal of such cartilage is made more comfortably for the patient using general anaesthesia, which also protects the airways against aspirating blood to the lungs more efficiently. In secondary cases, in need of large amounts of cartilage, it may be necessary to remove cartilage from the rib, this is only possible with general anaesthesia.
A primary rhinoplasty lasts for about 2-3 hours. Secondary rhinoplasty is much more complex and can last for 4-6 hours. Depending on the case, there are details that can prolong this time. However, the operating time should hardly be confused with the patient’s residence time in the operating room, since this permanence also covers the period of preparation and recovery postoperatively.
The discomfort after surgery is minimal, especially due to the use of splints that allow the patient’s normal breathing immediately after surgery. The use of potent anti-inflammatory drugs after surgery completely eliminates pain in the vast majority of cases.
Withdrawal of points
The points in the columella are removed after 7 days. It is not necessary to remove the stitches along the incision from inside the nose, because the threads used in this room are absorbable.
The recovery of plastic surgery of the nose
Patients undergoing rhinoplasty should remain in absolute rest for 5-7 days, keeping the head always elevated. During the first few days, we recommend cold foods with a paste consistency to facilitate chewing. The dressing is usually removed after 7 days, and it may be necessary to use a bandage dressing for a further 1 week. Analysis of the end result requires patience, since the absorption of swelling is especially slow in this region. Some results look excellent after 1-2 months, while others need more time for complete healing.