Know All About Nose Augmentation


How Can I Reshape My Nose?

Have you experienced problems in breathing because of chronic sinus congestions, nasal allergies or due to a deviated septum? If so, it is necessary for you to undergo a surgery to fix the internal nose problems. 
If you have been through accidents, that may have lead to breaking of your nasal bones, you need immediate reconstruction surgery. If you’re unhappy with the size or shape of your nose, you may want to reshape your nose for a better aesthetic appearance.


Nose Augmentation can you reshape your nose to make it smaller or cure a deformity.

What Is Nose Augmentation?

A nose job shapes a misshapen nose for better aesthetic appeal. Also known as rhinoplasty, it can improve the nasal functioning. It can also correct breathing problems and birth related defects in the nose. A perfect nose balances the facial features and improves the natural beauty of the face. The procedure can involve changing the angulation of the nose, altering indentations, reshaping the tip or correcting bumps. This procedure is done under general or local anaesthesia, commonly on an outpatient basis. A nasal splint is placed after the procedure to assist healing. 

Nose augmentation is also known as Rhinoplasty, Nose Surgery or a Nose Job.

Who Are The Ideal Candidates For Nose Job?

Most patients who opt for this procedure need to have realistic expectations of the results they wish to obtain.

Ideal candidates for nose jobs are commonly those who feel self conscious or are not satisfied with the current shape of their nose.

People who have dorsal nasal humps, poor tip projection or wide nasal bases.

Some patients undergo septal reconstruction for a deviated septum which make breathing difficult.

The aging demographic undergo rhinoplasties to reshape changes that occur with aging.

What Are The Different Types Of Nose Augmentation?

Rhinoplasties are often done to reshape the nose, either to increase or decrease its size. There are two common kinds of augmentation procedures:

  • Closed surgery: Also known as the endonasal procedure; all incisions are made inside the nostrils. The main aim of this approach is to prevent visible scars. The nasal skin gets highly stretched which might cause distortion in the nasal cartilages.

  • Open Surgery: The external rhinoplasty is conducted by small bridging incisions in the columellar region that connect the left and right nostril. By opening the nasal flaps, the nasal bone and cartilage structures can be clearly viewed. This enhances the accuracy and precision of the procedure. 

Some of the procedures include grafting cartilage to different parts of the nose, and sometimes cartilage from the ear or ribs are employed for this. Another indication is correcting a deviated septum to enable easier breathing. In some instances, mainly amongst the East Asian population, silicone implants or cartilage is grafted to the bridge of the nose to make it appear narrower.

What To Do Before A Nose Augmentation Procedure?

  • Discuss your medical history with your plastic surgeon and your expectations of the procedure.

  • It is vital to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure. Nicotine in cigarettes can increase the recovery time after a procedure as it constrict blood vessels. Cigarette smoking also increases the risk of lung and heart problems during a procedure.

  • Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, vitamin A and herbal supplements need to be stopped two weeks prior to your procedure. These medicines and supplements are known to increase bleeding.

  • Avoid contact with the sick and in case you catch the flu, inform your surgeon at the earliest.

  • There should be no consumption of food after midnight, prior to your procedure. In some instances surgeons would require to intubate a patient and if there is food in the stomach it could lead to aspiration of the contents into the lungs, causing infections.

  • On the day of your augmentation procedure, clean your face well and avoid wearing any form of makeup. This prevents infections due to external products at the surgical site.

  • Make sure you dress in loose fitting clothes when going for your procedure.

What Is The Post Operative Care For Nose Augmentation?

  • Use cold compresses as well as elevate your head, while lying down, to about 45 degrees, to reduce swelling. This can be done by either placing extra pillows at your head, or under your mattress which will slightly elevate the head end of your bed.

  • Wait until the next day after your procedure to take a shower. Use extra precaution when applying soap and shampoo.

  • Avoid bumping the nose, strenuous exercise and straining your nose for a few weeks after the procedure.

  • Avoid sunbathing during all recovery stages as this can lead to pigmentation that could be permanent.

  • After care precaution must be taken when wearing glasses. Either they need to be taped to your forehead or a foam piece needs to be placed on your nose.

  • It is recommended to blow your nose softly or not at all one week post surgery, as this increases the chances of bleeding during the stages of healing. About 3 weeks after your procedure, once you have checked in with your surgeon, you can blow your nose normally.

  • If swelling increases or you develop a fever, notify your healthcare professional. Excessive bleeding and difficulty breathing also needs to be notified.

  • Schedule a post operative check up with your surgeon, to verify recovery progress and remove any sutures.

What Is The Post-operative Diet For A Nose Augmentation Procedure?

A soft food diet needs to be followed for about 48 hours after surgery.

A diet low in salt will help reduce chances of swelling.

Peppered and spicy foods can dilate blood vessels and increase chances of bleeding.

Avoid foods that cause indigestion, common dairy products such as milk.

Drink plenty of fluids, however, avoid citrus juices such as orange juice, as these have high acidic content which can cause heartburn.

What Are The Realistic Expectations From A Nose Augmentation?

Despite advances made in the field of plastic surgery, results of rhinoplasty cannot create/duplicate the nose on another person for a patient. 

  • The basic changes that can be made in the shape of the nose are - 

    • increase or decrease in the size of your nose

    • changes in its overall shape

    • correction of prominent asymmetry

  • Nose surgery can also improve breathing capacity in patients with a deviated septum.

  • A rhinoplasty is most likely to be performed a second time as a revision surgery.

  • Revision surgery is quite common because the nose’s ability to heal is not predictable. Several factors influence the healing process and the final outcome of the procedure, such as -

    • cartilage and skin thickness, 

    • bone structures and 

    • the patient’s health 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Nose Augmentation?

  • Pros

  • Cons

  • Nose augmentations help tackle some medical conditions one of them being sleep apnea. Misaligned nasal bridges are also known to be common causes for sleep apnea, which cause snoring and decreased oxygen during sleep. 

  • Nose lift also provides the benefit of curing sinusitis. The alignment of nasal passages can makes some people prone to sinus infections. 

  • The main reason people opt for rhinoplasties, is to improve their beauty standards in their own eyes and enable them to have a higher self confidence in the society they exist in. 

  • A small procedure can work wonders in people who have been striving to achieve perfection. 

  • Nose job are also available in less invasive methods. These non surgical procedures provide a temporary idea of what your face might look like with an enhanced nose.

  • Nose reconstructions can be expensive if opted in USA and sometimes after investing in it, you may regret your decision as well as feel unsatisfied with the outcome. However, with realistic expectations, one can get an improved look of the nose. 

  • The postoperative care might be tedious and may take over a week. 

  • Pain and numbness is common post surgery, and in some instances takes a really long time to go away.

Who Should Avoid Undergoing Nose Augmentation?

  • It is done only in people aged 18 and above. 

  • You should be fit and healthy and not have had any acute illnesses e.g. cold or viral infection, for at least 2-3 weeks prior to the planned surgery. 

  • Smokers should also temporarily give up smoking, which would otherwise significantly slow down the healing process.

What Are The Alternatives To A Nose Augmentation?

Today, nose jobs are offered both as surgical and nonsurgical options. The non surgical procedures involve fillings, however, these cannot help if you want to reduce the size of your nose. 
A nose job without surgery is performed by use of injections and dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid and radiesse to reshape and contour the nose. These can smoothen bumps and fill depressions in the nose. Fillers can also improve the height of the nasal bridge. This has minimal recovery time and produces quick results with enhanced appearance. However, these are augmentation procedures and cannot reduce the size of the nose. 

Will Nose Augmentation Lead To Scarring?

Any surgical procedure usually involves scars. Endonasal surgeries rarely show visible scars, although open surgeries can cause mild scarring along the columella. However, at the hands of an experienced surgeon this is usually minimal and fades over time. In situations of excess scarring, scar revision techniques can be discussed with your plastic surgeon. It has been cited that procedures like dermabrasion and radiofrequency skin abrasion help in dealing with scars after a nose job.

What Are The Temporary Side Effects Of Nose Augmentation?

Likely complications of a rhinoplasty procedure are:

  • Light nosebleeds for the first few days, use ice packs to soothe the pain

  • A blocked nose – you will need to breathe through your mouth for 1-2 weeks

  • Stiffness and numbness of the nose, this is normal as nerves are stretched during a rhinoplasty. The condition resolves in 6-12 weeks.

  • Bruising may be present on the nose and around the eyes. It is a common risk and it usually takes 1-2 weeks for the bruising and swelling to resolve. 


How To Choose A Surgeon For A Nose Augmentation Procedure?

It is important to bear in mind that rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult interventions of aesthetic surgery. It is for this reason that it should be performed by a very experienced specialist. Check the registry of your destination to see the doctor’s fitness to practise history. 

You may also want to find out the success rates of the surgeon in carrying out the procedure and inspect photographic evidence of the same. It is also ideal to ask the surgeon beforehand about the complications and postoperative care required after the surgery.

Most doctors in popular medical tourism destinations are adept in performing procedures like nose jobs with the latest technology as they continue learning through research associations. 
Ensure that your doctor is also a part of a recognised surgical association. 

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