The nose is located in the midline of the face and functions often as the introducer of the face at the first moments of social interactions. It is among the distinctive features with its special location in the face and personal structure. It has a complex structure composed of bone, cartilage, muscle and soft tissue.
Nose deformities include the following:
- Excessively large nasal wings
- Excessively big nose
- Existence of nasal hump
- Insufficient air passage in functional terms
- Ptosis of nasal tip, or narrow or large nasal tips
- Collapse of nasal bridge
In order to correct these deformities, the desired shape and function are achieved usually with a surgical intervention to be performed under general anaesthesia. It is among the most common aesthetic surgeries in Turkey and it is not an ordinary surgery as it includes a lot of different tissues.
In the preoperative period, all complaints of the patient are listened and the patient’s expectations are learned. Realistic patient expectations and absence of body perception disorder are among the most important requirements. Smoking and self-care (nutrition, hygiene…) are the conditions that affect the post-operative healing process. After nasal surgery, the nose recovers in 3 months as the other body tissues but it takes up about 6-12 months to achieve the final result. Exceptions to this situation is the secondary (operated twice) noses. This period of time can be extended by about 1 year. During the nose surgery period, about 8 hours of fasting should be provided by stopping eating or drinking one night prior to the surgery.
The duration of operation is between 2 and 4 hours, which is an ideal time for an operation where millimetric changes make large differences.
No, there is not a significant pain. Previously used gauze-shaped buffers are no longer used. Intranasal supplements made of silicone are used and can be removed easily without causing any adhesion.
Silicone supplements can usually be removed within a few days, however it may take 7 or 10 days as maximum according to the nasal deformity and quality of cartilage. Sutures can be removed on the 7th day.
The process of returning to the social life of patients is a process that can vary from person to person, on about 7-10-14 days. Swellings are usually in the condition as if no operation has been made but sometimes they might be visible at moderate to advanced degree. This is correlated with the thickness of the patient’s skin and components of the surgical procedure performed. If swelling occurs, it usually reaches its maximum size in the first 24-72 hours, but decreases significantly within the next 5-7 days.
It should be avoided from smoking, the nose should be protected against traumas, situation that could lead to increase in oedema in the early period should be avoided, glasses should not be used (for 2 months) and nasal spray containing seawater should be used regularly (up to 2 months).
In order to make a meaningful evaluation, it is necessary to wait at least 3 months and, if possible, 6 months. Evaluations made before this period generally do not make any sense. The breathing process from the nose also follows the process of change in the outer structure of the nose and generally begins to function in the third month. The main goal of nose surgery, which is technically very sensitive, is to achieve a natural, beautiful and functional nose.
It depends on the number of operations performed before (for previously operated patients), degree of the nasal deformity and duration of the planned operation.