How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a ‘nose job’ remains a very popular type of cosmetic surgery and is the only way to address dissatisfaction with the appearance of our nose. Unfortunately, there are many different aspects of our nose that we can dislike. Some of the most commonly cited reasons for seeking rhinoplasty include:
- Size issues. Your nose seems out of proportion with the rest of your face.
- Shape issues. You may feel that your nostrils are too large or too small, or that the tip is unsightly.
- A bump on the bridge of the nose.
- A flattened nose. This can occur naturally or as a result of an accident/injury.
Those patients who suffer from flattened noses often find that their airway has been compromised and breathing is more difficult. For this reason, many rhinoplasties are performed for functional as well as esthetic purposes.
How is rhinoplasty performed?
Rhinoplasty isn’t the simplest of cosmetic surgeries. However, if you have chosen a skilled and experienced surgeon, you can expect your procedure to take less than three hours. You will be under the effects of a general anesthetic the entire team, meaning that you will have no awareness of the surgery being carried out, nor will you feel any discomfort.
Exactly what will happen during your rhinoplasty procedure will depend on the type of changes being made to your nose. This is because there are various ways in which our surgeon can change it. Some of the most common types of rhinoplasty include:
Reduction rhinoplasty – unsurprisingly, this involves making the nose smaller. Some bone and cartilage may need to be removed, and the bridge and tip of your nose will be reshaped to make your nose in better proportion to the rest of your face.
Augmentation rhinoplasty – this type of rhinoplasty aims to open up a flattened nose by building a better framework for the feature. This is done by taking bone and cartilage from another part of your body and grafting it on to the nose.
Septorhinoplasty – the septum is the area of cartilage that separates the nostrils. This type of rhinoplasty seeks to make changes to the septum as well as the main shape and size of the nose.
Rhinotip – only the nostrils and tip of the nose are altered during this type of rhinoplasty. The overall framework of the nose is left untouched.
During your rhinoplasty, our surgeon will endeavor to locate all incisions inside the nose. This will help hide any scarring. Where this isn’t possible, every care will be taken to ensure that scarring is as discreet as possible. Most patients who opt for rhinoplasty find that they have little to no obvious scarring at all.
After your rhinoplasty surgery
After you have come around from your anesthetic, you may feel disorientated and even a bit nauseous. These are normal side effects from the use of general anesthetic and should abate fairly quickly. Your nose will be bandaged and feel tight and swollen. You may already have some bruising developing under the bandages and around your eyes. Again, this is normal, and the swelling and bruising will fade over the coming days.
You will probably need to stay in our facility for at least one night, which will enable you to get the proper care needed to start a successful recovery process. Our surgeon will prescribe you pain relief which you should take as directed to help minimize your discomfort.
We recommend that you take at least a week off from work to recover. Rushing back could cause complications that could affect the success of your procedure. While you may see some positive changes in the appearance of your nose immediately, it can take weeks or even months for the swelling to subside completely and for your to see the final result from your rhinoplasty surgery.
If you have any further questions about your rhinoplasty procedure, or to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our discreet and professional team.