Rhinoplasty

What is a Rhinoplasty: A Rhinoplasty enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

Rhinoplasty surgery can change:

  • Nose size in relation to facial balance
  • Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
  • Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
  • Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry

If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.

Preparation before surgery: Review your medical history. The most important question your doctor will ask you is about your motivation for surgery and your goals. Your doctor will also ask questions about your medical history - including a history of nasal obstruction, surgeries and any medications you take. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, you may not be a candidate for rhinoplasty. A physical examination. Your doctor conducts a complete physical examination, including any laboratory tests, such as blood tests. He or she also inspects your skin and the inside and outside of your nose. The physical exam helps your doctor determine what changes need to be made and how your physical features - for example, the thickness of your skin or the strength of the cartilage at the end of your nose - may affect your results. The physical exam is also critical for determining the impact of rhinoplasty on your breathing. Sometimes your surgeon may speak with you about performing a surgery to augment your chin. This is because a small chin will create the illusion of a larger nose. It's not required to have chin surgery in those circumstances, but it may better balance the facial profile.  Photographs. Someone from your doctor's office may take photographs of your nose from different angles. Your surgeon may use computer software to manipulate the photos to show you what kind of result is possible. Your doctor uses these photos for before-and-after assessments, reference during surgery and long-term reviews. Most importantly, the photos permit a specific discussion about the goals of surgery. A discussion of your expectations. You and your doctor should talk about your motivations and expectations. He or she explains what rhinoplasty can and can't do for you and what your results might be. It's normal for people to feel a little self-conscious discussing their appearance, but it's very important that you're open with your surgeon about your desires and goals for surgery.

Estimated Recovery Time: 1 week

Estimated Hospital Stay: 1 day

What to do after surgeryYou will usually go home on the same day as your surgery. Right after surgery, your nose and face will be swollen and painful. Headaches are common. The nasal packing is usually removed after 3 to 5 days after which you will feel more comfortable. Avoid strenuous activities such as aerobics and jogging. Take baths instead of showers while you have bandages on your nose. Don't blow your nose. Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid constipation. Constipation can cause you to strain, putting pressure on the surgery site. Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing. Brush your teeth gently to limit movement of your upper lip. Wear clothes that fasten in the front; don't pull clothing, such as shirts or sweaters, over your head.


 Meet your doctor(s)

English Speaking: Fluent English, Basic Portuguese and Polish

Years of Experience: 11 years

Qualifications: General Surgery at the Universidad Estatal of Cuenca

Plastic Surgery at Universidad Estatal of Guayaquil

Plastic Surgery at Hospital Mater Dei, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Cost of procedure in Ecuador:  $1850

Estimated savings:  73%

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