History of Rhinoplasty

Christopher NelsonHealth

Rhinoplasty certainly has a lot of history. The surgical procedure of rhinoplasty was carried out in the year 800BC and non-surgical rhinoplasty was then carried out much later.

Rhinoplasty has certainly changed a lot over the years. When you look at the very first rhinoplasty procedure, you’ll find that it was very different to how it is now. First, a portion of the nose was covered up with a leaf. After this, a piece of skin was then dissected from the living skin of the cheek. This skin was then turned back over the nose, however it was important that a small piece was still attached to the cheek. The part of the nose which the skin is attached needs to be raw, because this helps the surgeon to then stitch the two parts together swiftly. Not only does this help to keep the skin properly elevated, because it also helps the skin to heal properly as well. On top of this, it wasn’t uncommon for two tubes of Eranda, or caster oil plants to be inserted in the nostrils either so the nose had a proper shape.

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The Healing Process

The healing process for the procedure, in the year 800BC would be to use red sandal-wood, barberry plants and other herbs. A cotton piece would then be placed over the skin and oil would be applied. When the skin has granulated, if the nose is too long or if the nose is too short then the flap of skin would then be divided. This would then give the surgeon the chance to make any required adjustments while also making sure that the perfect result is achieved. Current plastic surgery is way more advanced.

The Doctor

The doctor wouldn’t really work with the patient to make sure that the job has been done to their liking, but it would help to remove any extremally prominent nasal issues. This could include severely broken bones and anything else of the sort. Rhinoplasties back in this era were done more so to try and solve any disfigurements as opposed to trying to get the right cosmetic look.