The rhinoplasty not only aims to improve the aesthetic appearance of the imperfections of the nose. Past sports injuries are one of the reasons why both men and women undergo this cosmetic nose surgery.
Why Is It Essential To Treat Trauma To The Nose?
Beyond contracted muscles and fractures, the nose is often affected by sports injuries. However, many men and women find that nasal damage can be treated later.
Whether you had a nose injury last week, last year, or decades ago, rhinoplasty or rhinoseptoplasty (which is a combination of cosmetic nose surgery with septoplasty), can treat all functional issues. persistent and improve visible signs of trauma, such as a distorted appearance or changes in symmetry.
How Is Cosmetic Nose Surgery Performed?
Photographs are taken and 3D imaging can be used to illustrate potential results after rhinoplasty surgery .
Your plastic surgeon will also explain the details of the operation to you. Cosmetic nose surgery can be an open rhinoplasty that requires a small incision under the nostrils, or a closed rhinoplasty where the incisions are placed only in the nose. Functional nose surgery after a sports injury can be more complex than purely cosmetic rhinoplasty, as the structures needed to breathe well often have to be reconstructed as in the case of septoplasty for example, and the ideal approach depends on the extent the correction needed as well as the desired results.
The rhinoplasty is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure generally lasts between one and three hours. Although patients can be operated on in the morning and returned home in the afternoon, healing takes time. Most patients go home with a splint, and their wrapper may stay in the nostrils for up to five days. The bruising and swelling can last for a week or more, and the shape of the nose continues to improve for a year.
It is imperative to refrain from activities that could injure the nose until your surgeon gives the green light. Once you have the green light to return to sports and other vigorous exercise, you need to protect your new, improved nose.
It’s never too late to treat a nose injury caused by sports, and rhinoplasty offers the potential to improve functional issues as well as the overall appearance of your face.