Every nose is unique. The shape of the nose not only has a significant influence on facial features, it can also affect nasal breathing. The basic features of the nose shape are determined by the bony and cartilaginous framework. Skin thickness, skin irritation or scars also influence the shape of the nose.

What's a nose job?

The surgical method depends on your desired changes, the size, shape and position of the nose as well as the proportions of your face. The most frequent corrections are the removal of a hump, the straightening or narrowing of the nose, the nostrils or the tip of the nose.
An examination of all structures guarantees a balanced and harmonious result. This is best achieved by a very small access below the tip of the nose. In this way, the nasal framework can be displayed and precisely corrected. The access is sutured with threads thinner than a hair so that the scar is practically invisible.

How can you prepare for a rhinoplasty?

All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered in advance.

  • Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum!
  • If necessary, take hormone-containing medication (the pill) temporarily.
  • Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least 10 days before the operation after consultation with your doctor.
  • Vitamin preparations (A, E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John's wort preparations, etc.) must be discontinued at least 4 weeks before the operation.
  • Surgery limits the ability to travel by air. Therefore, do not plan any professional or private air travel during the 6 weeks after the operation!
  • The time of the operation should be chosen so that you have time and rest to recover.
  • People who wear glasses should have contact lenses fitted beforehand, as the weight of glasses can affect the result after the operation.

How is a nose correction performed?

  • The duration of the operation varies depending on the extent and extent of the operation and can take 1.5 to 3 hours.
  • The operation is performed under general anesthesia and is accompanied by inpatient monitoring for 1 to 2 days.

What do you have to consider after a nose correction?

  • During the first 3 days after the operation, you cannot breathe through your nose because a tamponade or silicone splint may be inserted into your nose for a short time.
  • Immediately after the operation, a plaster cast is applied, which should be worn for 1 week.
  • Cool the face with light cooling pads for the first 3 days after the operation! Bruises will disappear after 2 to 3 weeks, the swelling will start to disappear after 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Sleeping with elevated upper body helps to reduce the swelling. Sleep on your back to avoid an unwanted injury of the nose during sleep!
  • Avoid activities that could result in a blow to the nose (e.g. playing with children).
  • Showering is already possible on the first post-operative day. You should wait 5 days before washing your hair.
  • The stitches below the tip of the nose are removed after 5 days. Self-dissolving sutures are inserted inside the nose.
  • The nasal passages should be treated gently with nasal ointments and nasal sprays in the first 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Wearing glasses should be avoided for 3 weeks.
  • The final contour of the tip of the nose can be seen after 9 to 12 months when the scar has healed.
  • Sport, saunas, swimming, heavy work and sunbathing should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
  • Postoperative clinical check-ups are recommended on the 3rd postoperative day and after 1 and 6 weeks as well as 6 and 12 months.

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