Rhinoplasty – A Necessity for Some
Patients opt to undergo rhinoplasty for a number of reasons. Some may have a medical need for nose surgery, such as a deviated septum. That requires septoplasty (also referred to as functional rhinoplasty) to enhance the necessary function of breathing. In other cases, a medically necessary surgery such as skin cancer removal can lead to a patient seeking reconstructive rhinoplasty surgery.
Others may have undergone rhinoplasty with another surgeon, but unfortunately did not end up with their intended results; secondary rhinoplasty, also called revision rhinoplasty, is a common procedure that follows primary rhinoplasty. Patients may have suffered a traumatic injury through an accident or a sport, while others were born with misshapen noses.
It is clear that functional and cosmetic nose surgery offer physical and mental relief for a variety of conditions, but prospective patients should understand that they may experience delayed gratification of the fixes.
Within the nose are a number of tissues, from bone, to cartilage to blood vessels, as well as the underside of the skin. These different structures create a complex healing process. Cartilage is known to require lengthy healing times, which can be affected by available blood supply to the area.
The Long-Term Healing Process
It can take up to two years for patients to fully heal following a rhinoplasty. Dr. Naderi will give patients icing instructions to control swelling of the area and may prescribe special medications, but it will still be months before full results can be seen. Most patients notice an improvement after their nasal cast has been removed – which typically occurs a week postoperatively – and see small changes taking shape throughout the next several months.
Camouflaging Skin Discoloration and Inflammation
Though the swelling is not often evident to others, patients may feel self-conscious during this time, as the nose is a landmark of the face. There are a number of ways that cosmetics can camouflage the after effects of rhinoplasty. First, there is color-cancellation, where using the basics of art, one can neutralize bruising and redness.
Where there are purple bruises, a yellow concealer will mask this area; blue can be toned down with an orange concealer; and a green concealer will mask redness. Most cosmetic lines feature color-correcting products to be used alone or under other skin tone colored and tinted products. Dr. Naderi may suggest a preferred cosmetics line, or explain which ingredients to steer clear of.
Another way to draw attention away from the nose is to emphasize other areas of the face, such as the eyes, cheeks, or lips. Using fun shades of makeup can draw others’ focus elsewhere. Lastly, there are ways to contour the face by creating shadows and highlights around the nose.
Typically, a bronzer or another matte product darker than the skin can be used on each side of the nose. A straight line is blended where the width of the nose ends and the cheek area begins. Next, a highlighter with some shimmer is used from the top of the bridge of the nose to the tip. Together, this combination thins the look of the nose, creating contours that do not yet exist.
Men can also alter their appearance to disguise residual bruising and swelling of the nose. They, too can apply cosmetics, and also have the option of growing facial hair to detract from the mid-face. By drawing attention to other areas of the face, the nose will be less of a focal point for the patient and others.
Dr. Shervin Naderi has focused his facial plastic surgery practice at The Naderi Center around rhinoplasty patients. Not only is the doctor an expert in his field by virtue of experience, but he is also a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Contact Dr. Naderi today at either of his two Washington, DC area locations: Herndon, Virginia – (703) 481-0002(703) 481-0002; or Chevy Chase, MD – (301) 222-2020(301) 222-2020.