The Centuries Old Nose Job; Is It For You?

Rhinoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgery procedures that has a truly  long history to trace.  Nose surgery, or “nose job” as it is commonly called, was first performed in ancient India, according with the text of Susrutha Samhita written by Sushruta in the year 500 BC. Susrutha is considered the father of nose surgery after his studies in nose reconstruction

In India, noses were amputated as a punishment for crimes, and the nose surgery technique developed by Susrutha remains almost intact until the 18th century, although Greeks later adapted some procedures and gave it the name of rhinoplasty, term meaning “nose shaping”. In fact, rhinoplasty is today a simple and convenient procedure to reshape people’s nose in a number of ways.

Although this surgery is considered merely cosmetic and performed for appearance improvement, rhinoplasty is often a reconstructive option for congenital deformities, and often recommended by doctors when the nose is the cause of respiratory problems. Otherwise, nose surgery is the best option for improving people’s appearance and facial proportion.

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In modern times, John Orlando Roe was the first surgeon performing a nose surgery procedure in 1887 to alleviate an intranasal issue, but one year later Jacques Joseph gave this procedure the approach for cosmetic purposes that it has today. This procedure can be performed to anyone at any age, either under local or general anesthesia.

Not For Kids

Most surgeons recommend nose surgery in adolescents but not children, unless there is a health problem to correct. For aesthetical reason, the nose is not fully developed until the mid-teens, so it is recommended waiting until then before undergoing rhinoplasty. The procedure is performed by mean of incisions made inside the nose.

What Will Happen During Your Surgery

However, it is common that surgeons prefer an incision passing across the central portion of the nose, passing between the nostrils, sometimes narrowing the base of the nose, but commonly reducing the size of the nostrils. Like occurs with most surgical procedures, nose surgery causes scars, but in this case they fade as well and are rarely noticeable with time.

Nose surgery is a procedure that usually takes an hour or two to be performed when it is intended for reshaping the nose. The operation may take some time when it is complicated, such as to correct a birth defect or injury. Depending on the patient, tiny incisions can be made on the columella, the skin that separates the nostrils, but generally skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage for reshaping.

After sculpting the new nose, the surgeon redrapes the skin over the new framework, eliminating bone or cartilage that caused the deformity or undesirable nose shape, and improving breathing when nose surgery is performed for medical reasons. Although unusual, some patients may require a synthetic implant for reconstructing the nose when cartilage has been damaged or weakened after several nose procedures.

Rhinoplasty improves the shape of the nose, but it is not source for perfection so candidates for this surgery must have realistic goals. Features on each individual’s face are unique and in conjunction can change the final expected results.

Karla Zido lives in Miami Beach and writes for serveral Health Blogs on various subjects.

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