Rhinoplasty is an operation aimed at changing the shape and size of the nose by reducing the hump (the so-called hump) and/or the hypertrophic tip.
When a nasal deviation and/or respiratory problems appear on the clinical and instrumental examination, we associate rhinoplasty with an intervention on the septum (rhinoseptoplasty) and/or on the turbinates (turbinotomy, turbinectomy).
To treat the septum and turbinates, we rely on the collaboration of an Otolaryngologist, convinced that, due to academic training, plastic surgery specialists are more inclined to treat “the external nose” and ENT specialists “the internal nose”.
The operation can be performed with an exclusively internal approach (“closed” rhinoplasty), but we perform, in the vast majority of cases, an “open” rhinoplasty, which involves a small cut also in correspondence with the columella which, after a few months it is almost invisible.
Our preference for the “open” approach derives from the consideration that the exposure of the “osteocartilaginous framework allows a more symmetrical modeling, with the possibility of giving more easily points of support and modeling to the cartilages, giving a stable result over time that a “closed” approach does not allow.
The operation is preferably performed under general anesthesia, lasts from 90 to 120 minutes, and can be performed in day surgery or one-day surgery.
The definitive aesthetic result is obtained only about six months after the operation since the post-operative swelling (edema) of the nose is very slow to regress completely, especially in male noses with a well-represented subcutaneous tissue component.
Frequently asked questions and answers on rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Luca Cravero and his staff in Turin
Is it a painful surgery?
Contrary to what one might think, rhinoseptoplasty is generally not painful.
Are tampons always needed?
No, if rhinoplasty is performed they are not necessay; if a rhinoseptoplasty is performed, they are preferable because they reduce the risk of complications.
Are nasal swabs annoying?
If you are used to breathing through your nose, honestly, tampons are annoying because you have to “learn” to breathe with your mouth, but we generally remove them after 24 hours before discharge. The removal, unlike what one might think, is not painful at all; just carry it out with the appropriate precautions.
After the surgery, do you see that the nose is “redone”?
Properly performed rhinoplasty should never create a nose with a “surgical appearance”, artifact.
Will the external scar, in the case of “open” rhinoplasty, be visible?
Generally, within three months, it becomes barely or not at all visible, as it is carried out in an area with excellent healing.
Some treated cases of noses treated with rhinoplasty:
Rhinoplasty in Turin is a plastic surgery to improve both the aesthetics and functionality of the nose
Duration of intervention: from 1 to 2 hours
Type of anesthesia: general
Hospitalization: 1 day
Post-operative: dressing after 24 hours, after 3, 7, and 21 days
Return to the daily activities: after 3/7 days
Final result: in the following 2-6 months