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WHAT IS RHINOPLASTY?

Rhinoplastie
Rhinoplasty aims at reshaping the nose by working on the cartilages, the bones and the nasal septum.

To consolidate the result and to make it last for a very long time, small cartilage transplants often have to be performed to allow a better support of the nose.


A deviation of the nasal septum can be corrected at the same time.

PROCEDURE

The preoperative assessment includes photographs, a nose X-ray, a coagulation monitoring and a pre-anesthetic consultation.

The surgery can take place on an outpatient basis (admission in the morning and discharge in the evening) or require a one night hospitalization.

The surgery is mostly performed under general anesthesia but can also take place under loco-regional anesthesia.
It lasts about one hour to one and a half hour and ends by implementing a protective splint on the nose and small wicks in the nostrils.

When the patient is discharged the wicks are delicately removed.

POST OPERATIVE FOLLOW-UP

Bruising: moderate, but varying from one person to another. It generally lasts 8 to 10 days.
Pain: none or very light
Swelling: moderate. It lasts 10 to 15 days.
The splint is removed between 8 and 10 days after the rhinoplasty.
Sick leave: about 15 days
Many patients don’t feel embarrassed by the splint in their social activities and go back to work after 3 or 4 days.


THE RESULT

At the end of the first month, the result is very visible in 80% of cases.

The definitive result gradually takes shape and is final at the end of the first year.

In some cases the result can be very good but a slight imperfection may remain. This imperfection will be touched-up under local anesthesia a few months later.