Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or “nose job,” is the process of using cosmetic surgery to reshape the nose. It is a surgical procedure that can alter the size and/or shape of the nose, as well as relieve some breathing problems.
It is a misconception that all Rhinoplasty Surgeries are for cosmetic purposes; many people require medical intervention to assist in breathing and/or reconstruction from trauma.
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WHO IS RHINOPLASTY FOR?
Rhinoplasty can be purely cosmetic or can be used to correct physical problems (such as breathing problems). In most cases we, plastic surgeons, treat the aesthetic aspect and work with ENT surgeons to correct physical nasal issues.
Amongst the aesthetic problems that I can address:
- Nose width
- Nose length
- Profile issues
- Large or uneven nostrils
- Crooked noses.
During your first consultation with me, you will be asked to provide a detailed description of how you wish to improve the appearance of your nose and what you are hoping I can do for you.
There will be obvious limitations but being open and honest is part of obtaining your desired result.
I can change the appearance of your nose in amazing ways, but you need to know that I will still be limited by the unique features of your nose, it’s internal and external structure.
Common requests from my patients include:
- Making a nose smaller,
- Reducing the bridge of the nose,
- Narrowing the nose,
- Making changes to the nasal tip,
- Lifting a droopy nose
- Revising a previous rhinoplasty
If you do not like the way your nose looks and are willing to undergo a surgical procedure, and if you are in good physical and mental health, then you are eligible for a rhinoplasty consultation.
Most rhinoplasty surgeons prefer to wait until an individual has completed his or her growth spurt. This means age 15 or 16 for girls, and a little later for boys. That said, I will hardly ever operate on such a young patient.
This is a big surgical procedure with long term results, it is important that the decision be made as an adult taking into account limitations in future surgery.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING RHINOPLASTY SURGERY?
During the rhinoplasty surgery incisions are made inside of the nose including a small incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. This allows me to perform an “open rhinoplasty”.
→What about the scars?The scars are well hidden and will almost be invisible once healing is complete.
I often decide upon the open rhinoplasty approach because it allows me greater visibility of the internal nose structures. Swelling and bruising however lasts longer with open rhinoplasty. I will discuss his approach with you based on your specific case.
Closed rhinoplasty is a surgical approach to alter the shape of the nose where minimal alteration is required. Often recovery is quicker and swelling is less using this approach but I only prefer this method for common rhinoplasty complaints:
- Remove a bump from the bridge of the nose
- Elevate the tip of the nose
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RECOVERY
After Rhinoplasty surgery you will notice significant swelling and bruising. I always warn my patients that swelling and bruising can last between 1 and 6 weeks for closed rhinoplasty, and longer for open rhinoplasty.
A splint will be applied to the dorsum of your nose that will have to remain in place for at least a week. Once the splint is removed however, the change to your nose will be immediately visible.
80% of the swelling, after Rhinoplasty, will lessen within 6 weeks. The remaining 20% may require up to a year but this remaining swelling is barely noticeable and is mostly internal; during this healing period the nose will become more refined.
Most patients, post Rhinoplasty surgery, are able to return to work any time between 7 to 10 days after their Rhinoplasty. Strenuous activity is limited up to six weeks, so too is exposure to the sun and extreme heat. This is more to allow additional time for healing and preserve the cosmetic result.
In some cases, after the Rhinoplasty, the tip of the nose can be numb for a few weeks. This is completely normal and will resolve within a few weeks without treatment.
Expect to see good results after about four weeks, but the final results are commonly seen after about 9 to 12 months. I always tell my patients that sometimes, minor changes and improvements occur even months after rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty results are permanent but, patients are to remember ageing may affect the results. This is of course natural ageing and has nothing to do with the overall Rhinoplasty result.
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