Nose Reshaping - Rhinoplasty

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose so that it is in proportion with the rest of the facial contours resulting in a more pleasing nose shape and size. The goal of any surgery is a natural improved look.

The procedure

Nose surgery has a fascinating history. It was first used in India to reconstruct the noses of women who had been disfigured as punishment for adultery. Also, children with birth disorders like cleft lips have undergone nose and lip reconstruction for centuries. An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Jacques Joseph, first performed the landmark operation of aesthetic reduction rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) to improve the appearance of an unmarried female relative in the early part of this century.

Since that time, dramatic refinements in technique have occurred. Rhinoplasty today can improve both the appearance and function of the nose, if required, in one operation.

Who is it for?

Equally as popular with men and women, the procedure can be carried out after the age of puberty. It is never “too late” to change a nose if a person still desires a new shape at a later age.  As a person ages, the architecture of the nose changes. Its cartilage becomes larger making the top of the nose more bulbous and the tip of the nose droop, giving an impression of largeness. As a result of the droop, the hump too becomes more prominent.

A conservative partial rhinoplasty will rectify these changes and still maintain a natural look. 

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What happens?

Essentially the nasal contour is changed by removing, shifting, or altering the underlying bone and cartilaginous structures. A plaster of Paris splint is then placed on the nose and secured with sticky tape. Nasal packs are in place until the morning after surgery.

Will I be asleep?

Yes, nose reshaping is usually carried out under general anaesthesia to make you sleep through the entire procedure. Preferences can be discussed during your consultation with your Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon.

Is there any discomfort?

There is very little, the discomfort and patients often describe it as akin to having a cold. Although there will be some swelling and tenderness.

How long does it take?

The procedure takes between one and two hours depending on its complexity. Some patients can then return home later the same day or normally the day following surgery.

Where is the scar?

The procedure is carried out entirely within the nasal cavity leaving no visible scar.

What will I look like immediately?

Initially there will be bruising in the nose and eye area. The plaster splint is removed after seven days by which time most of the bruising and swelling around the eyes will have subsided.

When can I return to work?

This will depend on the type of work you do. Bending over, lifting, exertion, etc. should be avoided for the first week. These types of activities tend to increase bruising and swelling. However, if that is not the case and you are involved in a generally sedentary occupation, two or three days rest is usually sufficient.

When can I wear makeup?

Once the plaster is removed you may wear make-up immediately.

How much will it cost?

Your best investment is an individual consultation with a surgeon you trust. Cosmetic Surgery is usually a life-time investment. Our patients are treated as individuals, and costs do vary from person to person depending on their individual needs. Following your consultation you will be sent a package price in writing which will include the surgeon’s fees, the anaesthetist’s fees and the hospital costs.

Should I have nose reshaping?

Only you can answer that question. Be sure you are doing it for the right reasons: your own sense of self confidence and self esteem. No matter what anyone else thinks, if you are happy with your appearance there is no reason to change it. So before making that decision, attend a consultation, get the facts. Be realistic in your expectations and make an educated decision that is right for you.

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