Rhinoplasty or more colloquially a “nose job,” or “nose reshaping” is a very common plastic surgery procedure in Thailand. Bangkok for example has a huge range of private hospitals and clinics that offer this service.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using one of two techniques, open and closed, where a general anaesthetic, local or other forms of sedation are employed. Generally speaking the cartilage and bone in the nose are reshaped either naturally or by the use of inserts to help in the reshaping. If there is insufficient material in the nose this can also be enhanced using grafts from the septum or even the ear.
So what I wonder drives people to seek a nose job? Well the most obvious answer here would seem to be for functional or re-constructive purposes after an accident or to correct a birth defect for example.
However it also seems common to have rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons. Ethnic groups clearly have different facial make-ups and this is often very evident in the shape of the nose. For example in Thailand it is common to hear Thais say their nose lacks shape and they would like it more defined like in some Caucasian groups who they often secretly refer to as the “big noses.” While at the opposite end of the spectrum people with a “Roman” shaped nose often seek to have the bridge reduced.
Rhinoplasty is generally considered to be a very safe surgical procedure however, as with any surgery complications can occur, the worst of which is probably an accidental perforation of the septum which can cause nose bleeds and noisy breathing. While removal of too much of the bone/cartilage in the nose can result in a nose shaped like a parrots beak.
As with all plastic surgery, setting realistic expectations and goals about what can be achieved through rhinoplasty is important, definitely something to discuss with your medical practitioner before embarking on the procedure.
Full recovery usually takes place within seven days and inpatient treatment is not common.
While I was in Bangkok on the familiarisation trip that was part of the Thailand Medical Tourism Blog Contest I visited several hospitals and clinics that provide rhinoplasty surgery facilities. You can check out the details here:
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