Friday, February 05, 2016

Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this procedure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, its function or both.

Very slight changes to the structure of the nose can make a large difference in how your nose looks. The procedure may be done to repair deformities from an injury, correct a birth defect or improve some breathing difficulties.

The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can modify bone, cartilage, skin or all three.

As with any major surgery, rhinoplasty carries risks such as bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks specific to rhinoplasty include:

Recurring nosebleeds

Difficulty breathing through your nose

Permanent numbness in and around your nose

Possibility of an uneven-looking nose

Pain, discoloration or swelling that may persist

Scarring, and

A hole in the septum

Talk with your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.