Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty, or a ‘nose job’ is an operation that aims to improve the appearance of your nose and harmonise it with the rest of your face, while preserving or improving nasal breathing. The operation can improve a nasal hump, your nasal tip and/or your nostrils, and can correct deformities due to injury or birth defects. In the right circumstances, problems that affect breathing can also be addressed.

A trained artistic approach is critical in rhinoplasty surgery as balance and proportions are more critical than in any other aspect of plastic surgery. Your nose is the most crucial feature in defining your overall appearance and it takes great skill to get this balance right. The results from rhinoplasty surgery can be amazing for your overall appearance, and flow on to your overall confidence and self-esteem.

TECHNIQUE
RECOVERY
RISKS

TECHNIQUE

 

 

RECOVERY

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day case, or more commonly with an overnight stay.

A splint is worn on your nose for 1-2 weeks and patients usually take this period off work.

Internal splints are also placed and these usually come out after one week. In the immediate pre- and post-operative period you will be required to flush the nose with normal saline and potentially use some anti-inflammatory creams. A detailed information pack of what you are required to do will be given to you before your surgery.

If there is any dripping or bleeding from the nose (may last up to 2 weeks) this is to be wiped only and we request that you don’t blow your nose for the first week after surgery. External stitches are removed at around five to seven days post op. Bruising is variable and most of the bruising subsides in about 3-4 weeks. Most patients report little pain after nasal surgery and the discomfort is easily controlled with simple pain medication.

While some results will be seen when the cast is removed and in the weeks that follow, it takes about a year before the final result can be fully appreciated.

Nasal appearance may change as the result of aging, sun exposure, or other unexpected circumstances and these are not related to rhinoplasty.

 

RISK

If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.

While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.

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