Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How to get a rhinoplasty in Korea: From A to Z

Rhinoplasty in Korea is a hot topic because it is the most popular plastic surgery in Korea.

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose job, has been around for more than a century and is the most performed surgery, especially in Korea.

What you need to know about Rhinoplasty in Korea

Due to the position of the nose on the middle of the face, the shape and size are important for a balanced face. Altering the nose with surgery will also alter the other facial features, particularly the chin.

The most popular nose is a Barbie-like nose, small with either a curved or straight, high nose bridge and slim nostrils.

Rhinoplasty in Korea: Types of surgeries

Rhinoplasty methods vary depending on the individual’s nose and facial proportion.
Based on your nose shape, the doctor will specify which procedures you need to get your desired nose shape.

Rhinoplasty can include the below procedures (they can be done together) to shape the nose.

Silicone implant: When the nasal bridge is low, the nose tends to look wide. To correct this, a silicone implant is used to increase the height of the nasal bridge. This projection with the implant creates a more prominent nasal bridge.

Alarplasty: The nostril width is lessened by removing part of the nostrils, and sewing the incisions part together. Reducing the alars also reduces the overall size of the nose.

Septoplasty: If your septum is deviated, a septoplasty is needed to correct the deviated septum.

Osteotomy: If the nasal bridge is wide, then osteotomy is required narrow it down. The surgeon breaks/fractures the bones then brings them closer to create a narrow nasal bridge.

Hump reduction: The nasal dorsum is protruded (hooked nose) and a hump reduction reduces the bone or cartilage to make the dorsal hump flat.

Columelloplasty: If the columella (bottom part of the nose) is drooping low, then surgery can be used to fix it. The columella can be re-shaped to lift it upwards.

Tipplasty: Tip plasty is procedure to lift or make the nose tip thinner. Your own nasal septal cartilage is used or mesh/donated cartilage is used to shape the tip. 

Rhinoplasty in Korea: What to expect

Consultation: An X-ray is performed for the surgeon to be able to see the structure of the patient’s nose. Along with the X-ray, the patient has to be examined by the surgeon in order to determine which rhinoplasty procedure is suitable.

Surgery: surgery lasts 2 to 3 hours (without anesthesia time)

Surgery symptoms: swelling and bruising occur after surgery, and scars take 3-6 months to fade.

Recovery: Cast is worn for 7 days after surgery. After the stitches are removed, then the surgery area can be washed lightly.

Major swelling: lasts from 2 to 3 weeks

Minor swelling: lasts from 3 to 6 months

Rhinoplasty in Korea: Pre-surgery Care

1.      Do not smoke or drink alcohol for a week minimum before surgery.
2.      You have to be fasted before surgery (follow given instructions).
3.      Avoid aspirin or any type of blood thinner for 7-10 before surgery.
4.      Remove all manicure, pedicure, accessories, piercings or anything metallic before surgery.

Rhinoplasty in Korea: Post-surgery Care

1.      Do not smoke or drink alcohol for a month after surgery (3 months is better) to avoid any complications.
2.      Follow the correct sleeping positions and post-surgery care instructions.
3.      Use the ice pack/ warm packs as per instructions.
4.      Do not wear glasses, blow your nose or rub your nose hard for a month after surgery.

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