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Rhinoplasty
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Rhinoplasty is the procedure in which the shape of the nose is changed by modifying its bone and cartilage components, correcting defects and making the nose more harmonious with the rest of the face. Rhinoplasty can be closed or open (usually when the patient has already had a previous rhinoplasty or when the defect to be corrected is of the post-traumatic type). Under general anaesthetic (rarely under local anaesthetic with medical sedation), two incisions are made inside the nostrils (in open rhinoplasty these incisions are connected by a third and external incision across the columella). Through these incisions, both the external nasal skin and the inner mucous membranes are detached from the osseo-cartilaginous framework. The framework is then modified to correct the defects (dorsum removal, cartilage removal, reduction of the tip through cartilage removal or modification of the tip through cartilage grafting or suturing etc.). Any deviation in the nasal septum can be corrected at the same time. When the structural modifications are concluded, the incisions are sutured. A rigid metal splint, shaped to the patient, is applied to the nose and 2 plugs of medicated gauze are inserted into the nostrils. This keeps the new structural modifications in line and in position. Severe alterations in respiratory function requre screening exams (CAT) before carrying out the procedure. The result is permanent.

TYPE OF TREATMENT
 Surgical procedure
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
 1 – 1,15 hours
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
1
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
 –
TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
General
SIDE-EFFECTS (ALSO TEMPORARY)
Pain and swelling for several days, controllable with medication. Bruising to the lower eyelids is evident for several days after the procedure. Possible risks are haematoma (accumulation of blood that very rarely requires surgical drainage) and epistaxis (nosebleeds), blocked nose and reduction in olfaction (usually temporary). Infections are very rare and can be cured with medication. Pathological and keloidal scars are extremely rare.
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
Avoid intense physical activity (including sexual) for 2 weeks after the procedure, avoid sunlight exposure, wear the nasal splint to protect the nose during physical activity for 4 weeks after the procedure.
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
No anticoagulant or antiaggregant medications for at least 6 days before the procedure; stop smoking
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