Rhinoplasty

Procedure

Rhinoplasty (also known as nose surgery) is a procedure to help reshape the nose. In other words reduce or increase its size, remove a bump, change the shape or bridge, narrow or widen the nostrils or change the angle between your nose and the upper lip. When combined with surgery on the nasal septum, this can relieve breathing problems. 

Regardless of the motivation, many people are looking for surgeons to give them noses that look and work better.

Rhinoplasty comes in two types: closed and open. Closed Rhinoplasty uses incisions internally around the nose for minimal reshaping, whereas Open Rhinoplasty for major nose reshaping, uses small external incisions.

A surgeon can reshape the nose using either methods by lifting the skin surrounding the nasal bones and cartilages. In addition, if a deviated spectrum needs to be corrected, it can be straightened by removing cartilage or bone.

Best candidates for Rhinoplasty

Ideally, candidates seek nose surgery to improve the appearance of their nose without expecting to be transformed into someone else. In other words if you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose, in overall good health, and your facial growth is complete (generally over the age of eighteen) you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. 

Length

The average surgery time is approximately one to two hours depending on the amount of nose reshaping required. 

Anesthesia

A local and general anesthesia or intravenous sedation are available. Confirm with your surgeon the type of anesthesia to be used.

Inpatient/Outpatient

This is an outpatient procedure, however more complex “open” rhinoplasty procedures may require you to stay at least one night in hospital.

Possible side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and bleeding around the eyes and nose can occur. Therefore you can minimize complications by following the advice of your surgeon, both before and after your surgery.

There are risks

Asymmetry, infection, unsatisfactory nose shape, and incomplete improvement (which may require additional surgery) can be possible.  In other words complications may occur despite the highest standards, however if you have concerns about possible complications, please discuss your doctor.

Recovery

Recovery time will vary depending on the patient.  Avoid doing an activity that may injure the nose, or burn the skin, at most for eight weeks. And in additionuse sunblock with both UVA and UVB protection. Your surgeon will provide post-surgery recovery instructions and a schedule of follow-up visits.

A splint or nose packing and protection may be required for up to one week. Therefore, depending on the doctor's instructions, you may require a few days of bed rest, followed by a few weeks of restricted physical activity.

Most swelling and bruising should disappear after seven days. Limited bleeding the first few days may occur however normally after a few more days, all packing, splints, and other post-surgical dressings are removed.  There may be some internal nose swelling for several months, however this shouldn't be noticeable to anyone but you and the surgeon.

Common post-surgery instructions include a cold compress to reduce swelling, pain medication to reduce discomfort, and in addition, elevate your head for the first 24 hours. You can move around after a couple of days however our advice is to relax for a week or so.

In conclusion it is imperative that you do not bump your nose.  Avoid trauma to your nose during the first week and in addition even blowing your nose should be avoided for the first seven days.

Results

Permanent - As a general rule, within three months your body will be completely healed even though your results are visible almost immediately.  Therefore you can return to normal levels of activity gradually, as per your doctor’s instructions. Try not to do too much too quickly, as this may result in delayed healing or more serious complications, including asymmetry. Occasionally, final results can take up to a year or longer.

Cost of Rhinoplasty

The cost of rhinoplasty can vary based on the technique used, surgeon fees, anesthesia used, inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (day surgery), and package inclusions.  Please ask your consultant for verification on what is/is not included.

Related Face Procedures

Other common facial procedures include;

Next Steps

We are here to assist you with your journey. We recommend you make an inquiry and request a firmquote.  This will ensure you receive a detailed cost breakdown of your procedure, with surgeon feedback.  We do not charge you for this service. Our consultants are very experienced with all our partners and can answer any questions you may have.