Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed by Dr Pritha Rakshit. Rhinoplasty can reshape, reduce or even augment a person’s nose in order to achieve racial harmony and boost self-confidence. It is almost always performed as an elective, cosmetic procedure but rarely is done for birth defects, such as a cleft lip Rhinoplasty. Dr Pritha Rakshit is generally considered one of the top Rhinoplasty surgeons in Kolkata.
With Rhinoplasty, functional procedures might also be performed, such as a septoplasty (deviated septum), sinus surgery or other procedures to improve airway breathing. A cosmetic Rhinoplasty by Denver plastic surgeon, Dr Pritha Rakshit can also be performed at the same time as an endoscopic sinus surgery performed by an ENT surgeon. Nasal airflow is the primary benefit to getting a Rhinoplasty for function but for many patients the procedure may also improve the appearance by straightening the shape of the nose and repair post-traumatic deformities.
Goals of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure for achieving the following:
Balance the size of the nose with the other facial features
Modify the width of the nose at the bridge and tip
Improve the nasal profile, including removing humps or depressions
Contour a nasal tip that is too large, “boxy”, drooping or upturned
Change the angle between the nose and the upper lip
Narrow and reshape the nostrils
Correct asymmetry or deviation
Candidates for Rhinoplasty
The best candidates for Rhinoplasty:
For females, at least 13 years old or past menarche; for males about 16-18 years old
Have finished facial growth
Are generally healthy
Do not smoke
Are seeking Rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others
Have realistic goals for the procedure
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Surgeons use one of two techniques when performing nose surgery. In a closed Rhinoplasty also called the endonasal technique, incisions are made completely inside the nose, which is the preferred technique of Dr Pritha Rakshit. In an open Rhinoplasty, the incision is made inside the nose but also outside the nose where it crosses the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. Dr Pritha Rakshit generally uses the open technique for Revision Rhinoplasty which are often referred to him from other plastic surgeons. With either method, the skin covering is gently lifted off the underlying nasal anatomy and the underlying cartilage and bone are sculpted. In Rhinoplasty, it is the underlying anatomy that is changed and the overlying skin red rapes to its “new” anatomy. Although most Rhinoplasty are considered reduction Rhinoplasty, that is, structure (cartilage and bone) is removed so the nose is smaller, occasionally structure is added such as a cartilage graft from the septum or the ear.
If the patient has a deviated septum, Dr Pritha Rakshit usually performs the septoplasty first, then the Rhinoplasty on the same day. Dr Pritha Rakshit often works with otolaryngologists (ENT surgeons) who perform functional endoscopic sinus surgery first followed by Dr Pritha Rakshit cosmetic Rhinoplasty.