Nose Surgery in Athens

Rhinoplasty Overview

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Procedure
Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems. (May be covered by insurance.)

Length
1 to 2 hours or more

Anesthesia
Local with sedation, or general.

Side Effects
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation, temporary fluid drainage from incision sites.

Recovery
Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks
Strenuous Activities: 2 to 3 weeks
Avoid hitting nose or sunburn: 8 weeks
Final appearance: 6 months to 1 year


Rhinoplasty Surgery

For those patients dissatisfied with the size or shape of their nose, a rhinoplasty can be performed for reshaping purposes. In cases where there is some associated breathing obstruction, internal nasal surgery such as a septoplasty may need to be performed. A rhinoplasty often involves removal of a hump, refining a bulbous or thick tip, and narrowing a nose. This can improve the proportionality of the nose to other facial features and thereby create a more smooth and harmonious appearance.

The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. In addition to the nose itself, the eyelid region may become swollen and bruised. Some patients often have nasal packing which is removed in the first few days, and there is usually some type of external splint which adheres to the nose. This splint is removed 7-10 days after surgery. Any stitches inside the nose dissolve, while those externally are removed a week after surgery. The incisions are very well hidden across the columella, the fleshy structure between the nostrils, and internally in the nose. The final result may not be apparent for several months and it usually takes a six months to a full year to completely appreciate the final result.


ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY

Plastic surgery is a specialty that can be divided into two groups: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal body structures and improve a person’s appearance. These procedures may not be considered medically necessary, but are performed, instead, to increase a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tucks are some of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery.

Reconstructive surgery involves those procedures performed to correct abnormal body structures caused by birth defects, trauma, burns, infection or disease. These types of reconstructive surgery include breast reduction, breast reconstruction and treatment of skin cancers. Reconstructive surgery is usually covered by health insurance.