Five important questions about nose correction

08.11.2018 08:32:10

It is too big, too wide or long, it is crooked and in the worst case it has a hump. "Our nose is a very prominent area on the face, and because of its genetic make-up, illness or accident also influences its appearance," explains Dr. med. Dantzer, specialist for oral and maxillofacial surgery and head of the clinic at the Weserbogen in Nienburg. In particular, crooked or even small noses sometimes obstruct the breathing and even lead to health problems. Surgical and minimally invasive interventions help sufferers. The five most important questions about nose correction are answered by Dr. med. Dantzer.

1. How do I find the right doctor?

It should definitely be a specialist with recognition from a specialized organization, such as an ear, nose and throat specialist, plastic or aesthetic surgeon or a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Equally important is the experience of the treating physician in this field. In this way, the doctor should address the patient individually during the counseling session and advise on options as well as limits, risks and possible alternatives.

2. Who pays the costs?

In most cases, nose surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure. Then, the patient bears all costs that start at around 3,500 euros, even if an operation, however, is necessary for health, such as impaired breathing, the health insurance will take over if necessary, a part of the costs.

3. Which methods are available?

For long-term reshaping of the nose we use a so-called rhinoplasty. This is a one to two hour operation. To minimize scarring, we perform the procedure on the inside of the nose. Skewed noses are helped by a plastic septum, in which cartilage and bone remain a natural support.

4. Are there alternatives?

A new trend for the optical change of the nose is the treatment with hyaluronic acid. Using a fine syringe, we place the filler at the desired location and then shape the area. So we straighten cuspids, hide broad noses and even slight misalignments. Of course, only as long as it is about the visual appearance, since we do not change bone or cartilage positions or mass with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid breaks down again over time. A correction lasts up to two years and costs 600 euros.

5. What risks are there?

Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty are surgical procedures that take place under anesthesia. In order to minimize risks, the expertise of the attending physician is crucial, as he discusses all possibilities and illnesses with the patient at the first patient interview. Treatments with hyaluronic acid are characterized by an even lower risk factor, as it is a related substance that degrades over time. The risk of scarring disappears with hyaluronic acid. Patients whose nose we treat with hyaluronic acid, are socially acceptable again immediately after the injection, only small redness may occur.

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