Procedure information

Narrowing of the bridge of the nose

A wide bridge of the nose makes the face plainer and heavier, and is often perceived of as a physical flaw. In certain cases, the shape of the nose can be visually corrected with color cosmetics. But there are also cases where plastic surgery is simply a must. Modern rhinoplasty has various methods at its disposal to solve this problem. In planning the operation, however, it’s important to take into consideration the unique features and proportions of the face as a whole.

For whom is an operation to narrow the bridge of the nose indicated?

An operation to correct the width of the nose may be performed in the following cases:

  • the nose is wide and flat (so-called “Asian nose”)
  • the nose appears large due to the thickness of the bridge
  • the width of the nose is out of proportion with the other facial features
  • the patient would like to make the nose narrower

Preparing for the operation

At a consultation, the plastic surgeon  learns what specifically is making the patient dissatisfied with their appearance, and proposes various solutions for correcting certain problems. The approaches taken in narrowing the bridge of the nose may change, since a number of parameters are taken into consideration aside from the width of the bridge, such as: the height of the nose, the existence or absence of a hump, the need for correction of the tip, and other factors.

Computer modeling helps correctly determine the scope of anticipated changes, while at the same time ensuring that the surgeon and the patient are clearly understanding one another. The operation must be preceded by a thorough patient examination (electrocardiogram, general and biochemical blood work, screening for HIV, viral hepatitis and syphilis, general blood analysis), including – consultation with the anesthesiologist.

How does the operation unfold?

An operation to narrow the bridge of the nose takes about one-and-a-half to two hours and is done under general anesthesia. First, the surgeon performs an osteotomy (cutting of bone) and sculpts the new shape of the bridge of the nose. The operation concludes with the laying of a plaster butterfly-cast.

The procedure does not require post-op hospitalization. The patient can go home 4-6 hours after the operation. The post-op nose requires no special care. So as not to promote swelling but accelerate rehabilitation, certain recommendations should be followed:

  • avoid thermal procedures (sauna, banya, heating);
  • limit physical exertion, avoid downward angles;
  • follow the prescribed course of rehabilitation procedures.
  • аs a rule, the cast and stitches are removed 10-14 days after the operation.

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