Nose augmentation or nose bridge implant is a medical procedure where your nose bridge is reshaped to enhanced so it has a more natural or attractive appearance.
The operation is performed by a surgeon and is usually done for cosmetic reasons or to correct a defect or imperfection brought about by an injury, from birth or due to a previous surgery.
How Nose Augmentation Works?
Just like other surgical procedures, nose augmentation is done under anesthesia and last one or two hours depending on the extent of the operation.
While operations vary, some common features can be found in many surgeries. For instance, the additional framework under the skin has to be added for strengthening and raising nose bridge.
The procedure, usually called augmentation rhinoplasty, requires the use of various materials including gristle (cartilage), bones and other synthetic materials like Gortex that were developed for this purpose.
Usually the extra framework is added by cutting within the nostrils or skin strut between the nostrils. In cases where a bone graft is required, it will be taken from the back elbow, rib, or hip.
In surgeries where cartilage will be used, the material will be taken from cartilage within the nose or from the ears.
If rhinoplasty is to be done to help the patient breathe, the problem may be corrected by straightening the buckle although other methods may be used.
If the nose has collapsed, it will need more than just simple surgery and require multiple skin grafts.
While this procedure is complicated, surgeries for cosmetic purposes are much simpler and won’t take as long to complete. In addition, the recovery time is usually much quicker.
Possible Complications with Nose Augmentation
Complications arising from the surgery varies from patient to patient, but most will experience some bruising and swelling around the eyes with nose augmentation.
Nose jobs done with plastic, silicone and some synthetic implant like Gortex or Medpor may lead to infections as well.
During the period of recovery, a splint will be used to support the nose, and it may take a week or three weeks before it is removed.
Aside from the bruising, there will be some swelling as well as feeling of stiffness around your face.
Preparing for the Nose Augmentation Surgery
If you are planning to have an L shaped silicon implant you should prepare yourself prior to the surgery.
First of all you need to talk with your surgeon and tell him / her what kind of operation you want, as they’ll be the ones to determine which procedure is best.
You can also help in the preparation by staying fit and healthy, avoid smoking or taking any medication that has aspirin at least a couple of weeks before the operation.
In fact it is recommended that you advise your doctor with all the meds you take first to ensure there are no complications.
In addition, you need to remember that even the best nose augmentation will take some time getting used to.
Following the surgery, your nose may feel hard, uncomfortable (even bigger than you think it should be) at first or not as flexible as it used to be.
This is temporary however it will take some time to adjust to your “new nose” and it may take up to 12 months for it to feel natural again.
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