Rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for a rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both.The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three.
Rhinoplasty may be done inside your nose or through a small external cut (incision) at the base of your nose, between your nostrils. Your plastic surgeon will likely readjust the bone and cartilage underneath your skin. Dr. Chopra can change the shape of your nasal bones or cartilage in several ways, depending on how much needs to be removed or added, your nose’s structure.
Closed vs. Open Rhinoplasty
Dr. Chopra accesses the interior anatomy of the nose by placing incisions within the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or through a small incision on the underside of the nose (open rhinoplasty). The approach Dr. Chopra uses will depend on the issues being corrected. The open approach allows a change in the shape of the internal framework supporting the nose while retaining its strength, which allows confident correction of the deformity without fear of future collapse or pinching of the nose. Once all the internal changes are complete, your surgeon repositions the skin and sutures the incision closed.
Plan to take one to two weeks off from work, school or other obligations. You will feel progressively better each day during the first week. . After surgery, there will be some swelling. The swelling can take up to a year to resolve completely
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