As the central feature of the face, the nose can determine your overall look. A rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure that can address several of the most common nose related concerns including:
- Reduction in size
- Reduction in length
- Removing or reducing a bridge hump
- Adjusting nostril size and shape
- Amending asymmetry
- Reshaping the tip of the nose
- Improving or alleviating breathing difficulties
TYPES OF RHINOPLASTY
- Open Rhinoplasty: a cut is made across the skin between the nostrils leaving a fine scar which gradually fades.
- Closed Rhinoplasty: involves tiny cuts inside the nostrils leaving minimal, mostly internal, scarring
- Septo-Rhinoplasty: straightens the nose to correct a deviated septum
- Rhinoplasty-Tip: cartilage is removed to reduce the tip without visible scarring
- Nostril Alteration: involves tiny incisions with minimal scarring which is hidden in the nostril crease.
THE RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE
Before the surgery you will meet with your surgeon to discuss:
- Your reason for undergoing nose reshaping surgery.
- The changes you are trying to make.
- The results you would like achieved – you need to maintain realistic expectations.
- Activities to be discontinued prior to surgery including smoking and taking certain medications.
The day of surgery will require some preparation before the procedure:
- You will be asked to be ‘nil-by-mouth’ for up to six hours.
- Your surgeon will prepare you for surgery – and may draw marks on the skin
- Final consent will be obtained at this time your surgeon will answer any last minute questions
The surgery itself will:
- Be performed under general anaesthetic
- Take around two hours
- Leave minimal scarring
- Requires an overnight stay in hospital
Immediately after surgery
- A splint is placed over the bridge of your nose, possibly packs inside the nostrils and possibly ice packs over your eyes, to minimise bruising and swelling
- You may not be able to breath through your nose; drink plenty of fluids to help avoid a sore throat
- Painkillers will be offered, however the congested nasal feeling is more the reason for the discomfort.
Following your surgery you will:
- Experience some numbness, bruising and swelling which gradually fades
- Have slight bleeding from your nostrils which can be dabbed away.
- Need to rest in a semi-upright position for the first few days and avoid bending down.
- Be required to come in to the clinic for a post operative appointment 7-10 after surgery
- Find contact lenses are difficult to insert or remove; glasses may be uncomfortable.