This week we will give you all the information and details about skin thickness for rhinoplasty. During rhinoplasty, the type of skin plays a huge and an important role and can affect the shape of your nose. Skin is the largest part of our body and each person’s skin thickness and structure is different and unique to the person.
The skin thickness on the nose is mainly divided into two parts;
- Thick skinned noses
- Thin skinned noses
Thick skinned nose
Patients with thick skin are more likely to own a thick and oily nose. Usually, this type of skin is genetic. The skin on the nose is more noticeable. The healing process after rhinoplasty takes more time. The thick skin seems like a thick blanket, this thick skin covers the shape of the nose. The patients with thick skin also have a rhinoplasty, but the process needs more control and may need to apply extra treatments before rhinoplasty and after rhinoplasty. The aim is to make the skin thinner. With extra treatments, a much more positive and satisfying result can be achieved after rhinoplasty by the right surgeon.
Thin skinned noses
Thin skinned nose, as its name implies, is a very thin structure covering the nose. Patients, who are thinking to have a rhinoplasty, should be well analyzed about skin thickness. Patients with a thin skinned nose have more advantages compared to patients with thick skin. Because they tend to recover faster than those with thick skins. Having a thin skinned nose is one of the desired condition to have a rhinoplasty. Nasal lines and shape will be more visible on the thin skinned noses with the help of all the fine workmanship. The disadvantage of being thin skinned is that it may show even minimal differences. The thin skin seems like a thin sheet on the bed.
Skin thickness is not a barrier for the patients who want to have a rhinoplasty. An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon can analyze and get a good sense of your skin type, thickness, and quality during the examination. And the surgeon can give you a very good idea about the healing process and an achievable result. Therefore, the process will be more positive since the patient and the surgeon knows the big picture.
Patients, who want to have a rhinoplasty, are most frightened and worried about the intranasal splints. But in this article, I will give you more information about intranasal splints that will show you the fear of splints is not necessary.
Why are the Splints Used?
One of the most common difficulties that people are facing is the breathing problem due to airway problems. Our main goal in rhinoplasty is to plan and operate the nose that best fits your face aesthetically. Besides, our aim is to obtain a functional nose after the surgery by intervening in the airways that have problems. After a rhinoplasty, a beautiful nose is obtained which fits your face and breathes easily. During the surgery, nasal splints are used in all patients suffering from airway problems. The function of the internal nasal splint, used in nose surgery, is to prevent postoperative deformities that may lead to adhesions, create pressure in the nose that will minimize the bleeding, and reduce swellings.
Also in the past, splints were used in nose surgeries. These splints were made of cloth and named nasal packs. After the operation, removing these nasal packs was a painful process. So this process brought a fear of nasal packs for the patients.
However, with the advancement of technology, new generation splints were created and no nasal packs (tampons) have been used for the last 9-10 years. The new generation splints are designed to fit nose internally. Since the new generation splints do not block airways, you can continue to breathe after the operation. There is no pain in removing the splints. The new generation of splints is destroying fears.
When are the Splints Removed?
Splints, used after airway intervention during rhinoplasty, are removed 1 week after the operation. It is not a painful process. With the new generation silicone splints used today, the postoperative process is more comfortable. There is no pain during the removal of the splints. The patients should save quality time to rest after the surgery.
I want to emphasize that patients do not need to fear from the splints removal day. With the help of new generation silicone splints, the postoperative process is very comfortable.
The most common question, from the patients who want to have a rhinoplasty, is if there will be any scar after rhinoplasty. Nose jobs can be done with many different methods and techniques. Basically;
- Rhinoplasty with Open Technique
- Rhinoplasty with Closed Technique
Rhinoplasty with Open Technique
With open technique, a bridging incision was created and the nasal skin is folded upward to execute the operation. After the operation, there will be a scar on the tip of the nose due to this cut. There are some interventions due to minimize the scar;
- Use medicines regularly given by your doctor after the operation
- Protect your nose skin from the sun
Despite all these precautions, unfortunately a treatment that completely prevents the scar is not available.
Rhinoplasty with Closed Technique
With closed technique, there is no incision on the nose or on the pitanguy ligament. All surgical incisions are positioned inside the nostrils with no external scar. Since there is no incision on the nose, the healing process is much faster than the open technique. All tissues, nerves, and veins are preserved with the closed technique. So, the nose continues to be fed from the protected tissues after the surgery and this makes the patient have more comfortable time. There are no stitches, because there is no external incision, and there is no mark because there is no stitch. You can think “How this is possible?” With the experience and expertise of the surgeon, you can have the most natural, most compatible and no scarring rhinoplasty process.
In Which Season a Rhinoplasty or Nose Job Can Be Performed?
The used technique in a rhinoplasty or nose job is an important influencer.
In the open technique, the incision, made on the nose, creates a permanent scar because of the sun. Many surgeons who prefer open technique do not prefer to perform a rhinoplasty during the summer.
In the closed technique, there is no scar because there is no external incision. So, the sun cannot cause a problem after the surgery. With closed technique, the operation can be performed in summer or winter.
When is the Most Optimum Time for a Rhinoplasty?
The most optimum time is when the patient can save a quality time to rest after the operation. During this quality time, the patient will focus on the healing process and complete this process faster.
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) is a painful process
False. The first myth is about rhinoplasty is that this process is very painful. Sensitivity varies from patient to patient in line with the pain threshold. However, even if you are very sensitive to pain, the pain can be managed and tolerated.
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) is not an option for airway obstruction repair
False. First, we check our patients’ airways during the detailed examination to see if there is any breathing problem. Later we do a simulation to consider the esthetics look. By this way, we can ensure both a healthy breathing and a beautiful look.
- After rhinoplasty, splint removal is a painful process
False. Splint removing is not a painful process. After rhinoplasty, the splint is put on the nose with the help of strong adhesives. When removing the splint there is no pain or ache. If there is an intervention to airways, we use new generation tampons which are silicone and compatible with the shape of the nose. So, it prevents you from feeling pain.
- Rhinoplasty is for all age groups
False. Rhinoplasty is not for all age groups. It is based development of bone and gender. It is necessary to complete the age of 17 for females and 18 for males. There is no upper age limit. However, we do not recommend rhinoplasty to patients over 40 years old, because we may see other health problems in this group.
- Rhinoplasty (Nose job) can be performed to everyone
False. Rhinoplasty cannot be performed to everyone. The health status of the patient is very important. If there is an important disease or any concern, this should be concerned. Smoking is a negative factor in this process. We advise a surgery after stop smoking.
- It is not safe to have rhinoplasty while breastfeeding
False. Rhinoplasty can be performed to the patient who is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not a barrier to have this operation.
- Rhinoplasty affect the loss of smell
False. There is no intervention in the olfactory zone during rhinoplasty. All surgical interventions take in the different zones. Therefore, there is no loss of smell after rhinoplasty. However, this condition can be experienced for some time due to swelling and edema after the operation. It should not be forgotten that it is a temporary situation.
- Patient relatives can be in the operation room during the surgery
False. It is not appropriate for the relatives of the patients to enter the operating room due to hygiene and sterilization rules.
- Nose aesthetic surgery changes smiling
False. There is no permanent change in smiling after nose aesthetic surgery. You cannot command your laughing muscles because of the swelling and edema that may occur after the surgery. So, you can say that I do not smile like used to be until swelling edema gone. However, this situation is temporary.
- Nose tip drops after nose aesthetic surgery
False. Choosing a Doctor for your nose aesthetic surgery is very important. With experienced and master hands, you do not experience nose tip dropping.