Your Guide to Rhinoplasty: From Consultation to Recover

Located in the very middle of the face, the nose is a unique body organ with its effect on both the physical functions such as breathing, body climatization, smelling, and the appearance such as facial proportion, expression, and beauty. Also, the structure of the nose is not like other organs. Just like the ears, the nose is also made out of cartilage and a small nasal bone and muscles.

Apart from the cosmetic needs, the nose may need medical operations due to breathing problems. So, it is no surprise that rhinoplasty is considered as the first and the earliest form of plastic surgery. The method, though primitive, can be seen in Ancient Egyptian medical texts written on Papyrus.

It is also one of the most popular plastic surgeries: In 2017, ASPS report indicates that 210,924 rhinoplasty operations are done throughout the USA only. Now, let’s see the conditions that rhinoplasty can help with.

What type of corrections made with rhinoplasty?

There may be different types of corrections needed for rhinoplasty, let’s see some of them:

Congenital asymmetry: Without any outer cause, the nose can be asymmetrical after the birth or during adolescence. An asymmetrical nose will create an asymmetrical face in most cases. It may affect an individual’s body image and self-confidence. In such cases, rhinoplasty can solve the problem permanently.

Respiratory (Breathing) problems: The inner and outer shape and structure of the nose may cause respiratory problems that can affect the quality of certain functions such as; sleeping, smelling, running etc. Septoplasty (usually along with rhinoplasty) is the best option for this kind of problems.

Reshaping after an accident: As a gentle body organ, the nose is very sensitive and vulnerable when accidents are considered. However, thanks to rhinoplasty, the former (or even better) reshaping is always possible.

After defining the need for a nose job, what is the next step?

Rhinoplasty in Turkey is a very popular choice for many international patients. You can choose the one you want among the hundreds of providers in Turkey. However, let us emphasize that for the safest treatment and service, ask the provider if they are accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Health or not. To read about the new regulations in detail, you can read our article here.

If you are planning to have rhinoplasty in Turkey with MCAN Health, the case managers will get the necessary information with a medical history form, demand the photographs of your nose in different perspectives, and your expectations for the reshaping. All the information, then, is sent to the surgeon and you will get an initial idea and plan for your rhinoplasty operation and the operation date is scheduled.

After you decide your provider and the surgeon, the face-to-face consultation part begins. The first and the most crucial point, in such consultations, is communication. You should not fix your mind to one single nose model and demand it no matter what. The nose you want may not be suitable for your face or your nose itself may not be suitable for such reshaping. So, you need to be clear about your ideals about your nose and come up with a plan with your surgeon for the optimal result.

Then the surgeon will begin a physical examination before the operation. A detailed blood test and a close inspection of the nose (both outer and inner) are necessary for a safe and well-planned operation. Considering all the information taken by the surgeon, now you will have the precise idea of the best possible nose that is suitable to your face.

Time for the rhinoplasty operation!

The operation can be made with different methods and your surgeon will advise the best option for your needs and comfort. There are three main categories of rhinoplasty:

  • Standard rhinoplasty: This method is mostly used for cosmetic purposes, the nostrils, bridge and the nasal tip can be reshaped with the method.
  • Septorhinoplasty: “Septo” refers to septum, the part of the nose which can become problematic due to a deviation. Deviation causes breathing problems and can be fixed with a surgery. Septorhinoplasty covers both the cosmetic and medical corrections for a functional and beautiful nose.
  • Rhino-tip: This method does not intervene with the bridge, but the nostrils and nasal tip for reshaping.

Under general anesthesia, the surgery generally takes up to 3 hours with one day of hospital stay. Rhinoplasty can be performed with an open or closed technique which determines either the incision will be done inside or outside the nose. The surgeon will inform you about all the details of your surgery and suggest the ideal method.

Rhinoplasty operation is done, what now for the aftercare?

After the surgery, one day of hospital stay is recommended while in some surgeries the patient does not need to stay at the hospital at all. The recommended length of your whole stay is 7 nights as the doctor must examine the nose on the 5th day at your last check-up in which the splints put inside the nose will be removed. This is always defined as a magical moment by our patients because they see their new nose for the first time. So, tears of joy are not that unusual at the last check-ups, watch the video below to witness yourself:

The first month after the surgery is the most crucial one.
Do not forget that surgery fills the first %50 of your operation, the other %50 is all about the aftercare.

Mainly, in the first month, you need to avoid any kind of impact on your nose as it is recovering and reshaping day by day. You should also keep it as clean as possible and not wear glasses for the first year as much as you can. Sneezing is also another factor that should be controlled as much as possible. For more, please read the aftercare instructions for rhinoplasty.

Although you may have an idea about your new nose just after the plasters and cast are removed, it will be swollen with edema, the excess fluid trapped inside the tissues of your nose. So, you may need to wait for 1 full year to have the final shaping. However, %90 of the edema will be gone in 2 months and nearly %98 in 6 months, but you should note that each body has its own unique reactions for some it may take really short while some it may take longer. After 1 year, you will be able to enjoy your new nose without any extra aftercare.

Rhinoplasty in Turkey: Three Essential Points to Care

As MCAN Health, we have three main suggestions if you are planning to have rhinoplasty in Turkey with MCAN Health or any other provider:

-Always ask if they are accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Health to ensure you will get the perfect service and treatment,

-Do not dream and fix your ideas to only one form of the nose. Be flexible and discuss with your surgeon during consultancy,

-Follow the aftercare instructions to get the best results.

Let’s finish the article with a previous patient of MCAN Health telling about her journey: