Closed nose surgery, also known as endonasal rhinoplasty, is a popular procedure to correct the shape and function of the nose, in which the incisions and manipulations are made inside the nose, with no external incisions or scars. Here is a general idea of how closed nose surgery works:
Consultation: The process begins with a detailed consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will discuss your wishes and expectations, and the surgeon will examine your nose to determine what changes are possible and recommended.
Operation day: Anesthesia: The operation is usually performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on individual needs and the surgeon’s recommendation.
Access to the nose: In closed nose surgery, all of the incisions are made inside the nose, usually in the nostrils. There are no external cuts or visible scars.
Correction: The surgeon models and alters the nose to achieve the desired results. This may include removing cartilage, bone, or tissue, adding implants, or reshaping the nose.
Closing the incisions: After the corrections are complete, the internal incisions are carefully closed, usually with self-dissolving sutures.
After the operation: Bandage and tamponades: A plaster cast or plastic bandage is placed on the nose to stabilize and protect the nose. Nasal packs are also occasionally used to control bleeding and stabilize tissue.
Recovery time: Recovery time after closed nose surgery can vary, but in general, keep the following in mind:
- Visible swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising may occur in the first few days and weeks after surgery, which will subside over time.
- Cast: The cast is usually removed after about a week.
- Social Ability: Most patients can return to work or school after a few days to a week, provided they feel able to do so.
- Final Results: The final results of nose surgery are often not visible for several months as the swelling gradually subsides and the nose takes on its final shape.
The exact time required depends on various factors, including the complexity of the surgery and your individual ability to recover. Your surgeon will give you specific follow-up instructions to ensure the healing process goes smoothly. It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions and be patient to get the best results.