As your nose is a defining feature of your face, this frequently requested procedure is a very popular cosmetic surgery operation which is undertaken to improve and/or reduce the shape of the nose. The end result should look natural and be aesthetically pleasing in proportion to the rest of the face.
What are the benefits?
Rhinoplasty is performed to improve the shape and appearance of the nose and can reduce the size of your nose, or change the size or shape of the tip, the bridge, or nostrils. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct breathing problems related to the nose, or to correct disfigurement of the nose that has occurred because of trauma that have caused the nose to take on an abnormal shape.
There are three commonly used surgical procedures:
The closed approach: Rhinoplasty: an incision is made within the nostrils.
The open approach: Septo-rhinoplasty: an incision is made across the columella (the vertical bit of tissue separating the nostrils).
Rhino-tip: Tip correction and nasal adjustment.
Your consultant will advise you of the most suitable procedure dependent on your individual circumstances. Skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage and then sculpted to the desired shape. Rhinoplasty is totally individual and your consultant surgeon will tailor the sculpting process accordingly. At the end of the surgery, the skin will be re-draped over the new framework and small. The nose will then be encased in a splint, which must remain in place for up to 7 days.
How long does the operation take?
Rhinoplasty takes approximately 1 – 1½ hours to perform
How long do I stay in hospital?
Rhinoplasty requires an overnight stay in hospital and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
What can I expect afterwards?
Your nasal bones are usually broken and then reset. Therefore you will have black eyes and some facial swelling. This will settle in approximately 3-4 weeks. A cast will be applied to the nose and it is important to note that once the cast is removed from the bridge of the nose there will be a significant amount of swelling still present. It can take some months to reach the end result as your internal scars continue to settle over a period of months.
Complications are rare but some cases may require further surgery to adjust minor irregularities and asymmetries.
What are the long term results?
Following your surgery, you may find that comments are made about your eyes or hair as the nose has now become your less dominant feature. You can expect your confidence and self-esteem to be greatly improved for many years to come, as your focus will no longer on your nose.
What are the risks?
With any surgical procedure there are always associated risks. However, if your surgery is undertaken by a qualified plastic surgeon the risks are reduced, nonetheless, specific complications may occur. Such as the risk of infection which is reduced by taking preventative measures such as administering antibiotics both at the time of and following your surgery. However, you may require further surgery to adjust minor irregularities and asymmetries.
It is important for you to examine the reasons for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure as it is unlikely to resolve any life issues you may have. Having surgery for someone else is not the basis from which to make a decision. Cosmetic surgery will certainly boost your self esteem but you do need to be realistic about your expectations. Cosmetic surgery will lead to marked improvements but you need to be aware that the end result of your surgery can and does take time and you need to allow your body to recover.
Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. At consultation your consultant surgeon will explain your treatment fully including any potential risks and complications. Your surgeon will also advise you on the most appropriate procedure for you and will also explain all aspects of your post-operative care.
If you would like to speak to one of our consultant surgeons, Mr Alan Park or Mr Sudip Ghosh, please do not hesitate to telephone or fill out our online form.