The first visit with the surgeon is the most important since it gives the patient the opportunity to express all their doubts, fears, and expectations regarding the rhinoplasty procedure and the results that can be obtained.
During the first visit, the patient’s objectives (aesthetic and/or functional) are exposed, and his general state of health will be evaluated, including respiratory function, any pathology, familiarity, and clinical history.
Subsequently, the doctor will examine the internal structure of the nose, the shape, and dimensions, also in relation to the rest of the face.
An instrument that can be used to get a first idea of how the final effect of rhinoplasty will turn out is that of simulation through an image prepared by the specialist with the help of a computer. As it is essential that the surgeon understands what the patient needs and wants to achieve a good result.
Once the objectives and risk factors have been established, the doctor will explain to the candidate all the details related to the surgical procedure: intervention techniques and methods, anesthesia, preliminary preparation for the operation, postoperative, possible complications, and, finally, the costs.
How is it performed?
It must be performed in an operating room equipped within an accredited clinic. The operation is performed under general anesthesia, anesthesia, or local with sedation, so the patient will not feel any pain during the operation.
Depending on the preference of the doctor and the patient and the technique used, rhinoplasty can be performed as an outpatient procedure (discharge from the hospital shortly after the operation) or with an overnight hospitalization and observation period.
Rhinoplasty can be open or closed, and its duration can vary greatly depending on the case and can last from 1 to 3 hours.
- Open rhinoplasty: An incision is made in the central part of the nose so that the surgeon can better access the cartilage and bones. It is used in more complex cases, so the time of the intervention is usually longer, and an external scar remains, although almost imperceptible.
- Closed rhinoplasty: It is performed through the nostrils, so it does not require external incisions, and the intervention time is usually less. At the end of the operation, the incisions are closed with absorbable stitches that will remove themselves after a few days, and the scars are not visible.
- Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty: the novelty of this technique is that it allows operating with great precision and causing less trauma to the patient since the instrument used by the surgeon is a special piezoelectric scalpel.