Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Q & A: Nasal Refinement, Will my voice change after rhinoplasty?

Your nose is so much about who you are, that if you are not on good terms with it, life seems somehow out of balance.

The nose is also the last organ on your body to stop growing as you get older. So even if your nose was a point of pride as a teenager, it may not have kept pace with your adult life, or it could be telling your age to all who see it.

Rhinoplasty, the surgical term for nasal refinement, is among the most performed cosmetic procedures in the world. And it is one of the few that is often covered by insurance because it’s so involved with your general health. When you consult with surgeon about changing your facial profile, your nose is the first area he will look at, because little changes can have a huge effect.

Improving your appearance through nasal surgery can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of its tip or bridge, or narrow the span of your nostrils. It may also correct an injury or birth defect, or alleviate some breathing problems.

A procedure as simple as raising the tip can take years off your appearance. Changing the angle between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip can balance the entire lower part of your face. The next time people see you, all they’re likely to notice is that your smile seems somehow more "full of life."

Surgeon may also recommend changes to your chin or cheeks at the same time, so that the individual parts of your face will work in better concert as a whole. You can count on surgeons’ long experience and aesthetic judgment to do what it takes to create the well-proportioned image you’ll carry confidently wherever you go.

Through nasal refinement procedures, surgeon will help you define the profile that can enhance your appearance and self confidence. Your nose will always be the part of you that focuses your entire face, and it can be the nose that truly represents who you are.

Q. Will my voice change after rhinoplasty?
A. No. Such changes will only occur if major sinus work is performed at the same time. This does not include septoplasty or turbinectomy.

Q. How long is the recovery period?
A. The splint is removed within five to seven days after surgery. There is mild to moderate swelling with slight bruising. This dissolves within 1-1/2 to 2 weeks. Small amounts of cover makeup will conceal this. Most people can return to work within 2 weeks, some sooner after rhinoplasty.

Q. Is there more bruising and pain if the nose is fractured?
A. There seems to be a lot of misinformation about whether nasal infracture is necessary. Certain surgeons who are performing removal of the hump with replacement of artificial materials are actually causing irreversible damage to the patient. The infracture should not be feared. It is neither painful nor is there any further bruising. It is only a small bone less than a centimeter in length, and only a millimeter or less in thickness, that is fractured. People assume that a fracture means pain but this is not true when it comes to the nose.

Q. How long does the nose take to heal?
A. Noses tend to look pretty good at one month and are about 90% healed at four months. But it will take as long as two years for all the swelling to go down and changes to occur.

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