Undergoing Rhinoplasty: the Real Benefits of the Procedure

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Many people think having surgery on your nose is meant to make you look prettier. However, a number of patients who undergo rhinoplasty surgery have medical reasons for the procedure. They could be having trouble breathing or they could have gotten injured. The procedure is indeed used for ‘physical reasons’, however there is more to it. Read about the benefits of the procedure here.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

According to the National Institutes of Health, rhinoplasty is the surgery associated with reshaping or repairing the nose. It can completed using local or general anesthesia, depending on the exact procedure and the person’s preference and usually, in the surgeon’s office, a hospital, or an outpatient surgery center. Complex procedures may require a short hospital stay. The procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete.

Surgeons numb the area around the sinuses and nose. You will probably be lightly sedated, but awake during the surgery (relaxed and not feeling pain). General anesthesia allows you to sleep through the operation. Doctors will cut inside your nostrils. A metal or plastic splint may be placed outside the nose to maintain the new shape of the bone when the surgery is finished. Soft plastic splints or nasal packs are put in the nostrils, which helps keep the dividing wall between the air passages (septum) stable.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

? Quality of Life
? Breathing Problems
? Physical Abnormalities
? Broken Nose
? Sinus Problems

By having rhinoplasty, you will improve the quality of life, according to doctors. If you are having breathing problems, either while lying down or other times, you will want to have your nose checked for rhinoplasty. The surgery can resolve these breathing issues. You also might have physical abnormalities inside your nostrils that could be affecting your breathing. People with broken noses need rhinoplasty to correct any problems the broken bone causes. Rhinoplasty fixes sinus problems that you have. Even if you have no problem breathing, you might have other physical abnormalities that could be causing your constant sinus infections.

When you think of quality of life, you think of those people who have big noses. Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow are both famous for their noses. If you aren’t a high-paying musician, you might want to consider rhinoplasty for your self-esteem. It will give you a boost of confidence. The procedure will make noses smaller, straighter and smoother. At the end of the procedure, you will look better and feel better. The way a person feels about himself or herself can really have an impact on his or her life. Since getting such a procedure can boost a person’s self-esteem, it can definitely improve their life as well. However, it is important to speak to an expert about it so you can get your questions answered.

Accidents can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, sometimes the accident harms the nose. Surgeons use rhinoplasty to fix the problems the accidents caused. If a person has the surgery within the first two weeks of the accident happening, the surgery will have very good results. In some cases, the person considers their new nose to be better than their old nose.

If you have looked in the mirror and don’t like what you see or you have trouble sleeping because you can’t breathe right, you should consider rhinoplasty surgery. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons list pros and cons about getting your nose readjusted. It also lists reasons you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty procedure.

Rhinoplasty has medical benefits along with cosmetic ones. You should weigh your options and talk with your doctor before considering the procedure.

What you need to know about Avoiding Exercise Injuries

I love exercise, I love the way it makes me feel and how it makes my body look. If I go without exercising for too long, I start to feel lethargic and a bit down. For me, surfing is my passion. Of course it’s exercise, but for me, it’s more like a mindset and a way of living.

While I could talk all day about how I feel about surfing, the reason for my blog today is to share a little accident I recently had. The take home message for people is: always take your safety seriously and if you do injure yourself, take that even more seriously.

You see recently, my board and I got a little too up close and personal with each other, after some killer breaks got the better of me. Standing on the beach, I was dazed and confused, and oh yeah, bleeding. Because my surfboard also hit me in the head, I didn’t think it was too serious and didn’t do anything about it. Well, that was an error.

After almost a week of sinus pain, not to mention that my once relatively straight nose was now more crooked than my walk after a big night out, I finally decided to see my doctor. She told me that I had indeed broken my nose and would probably need surgery.

While I’ve always been pretty cynical and I guess critical about cosmetic surgery, I just had to do something about my nose. Apart from the impact it had on my sinus passages (not good I can tell you), it just wasn’t me looking back at myself in the mirror anymore. I wanted the old me back, nose and all.

I rang my Mum who’s a nurse and she encouraged me to see someone like Dr Woods, who’s an experienced and reputable plastic surgeon to talk about my ‘nose job’ or rhinoplasty. Before speaking with her, I didn’t realise that in Australia, any doctor can perform cosmetic surgery and call themself a ‘surgeon’, without having actual surgery training and experience. Unfortunately, my health insurance didn’t cover this procedure and I had to go through the public hospital system and wait.

Because I had to wait several weeks for my surgery, my nose had already started to naturally mend. This meant that the surgeon had to considerably ‘reposition’ the cartilage and this ended up make the operation a bit more involved and longer than it needed to be.

So the bandages are off and the swelling’s gone down and I’ve got my old nose back, well almost, it’s not entirely perfect. The whole experience has been a real wake up call for me, to take my exercise and sport, particularly potential accidents and injuries a little more seriously. I’ve also upgraded my health insurance as I would have preferred to see a private surgeon of my choice. I think I may have ended up with a better outcome with the shape and outline of nose if I’d done this, along with having seen a doctor straight after the accident. This hasn’t stopped me from doing what I love, but I guess I’m a little more cautious now and probably take safer risks, if that makes sense! I hope sharing this might encourage you to do the same.

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