Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Rhinoplasty plastic surgery procedures aim to significantly improve the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Nasal surgery may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.
In general the changes made by our surgeons will be designed to result in a “naturally” improved appearance
Nasal surgery is a refined and specialised process in which one millimeter can make all the difference. There is no absolute standard in this area making the procedure artistic, creative, and sculptured.
Patients seek rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons; some may be subtle or severe. Common complaints are a “big ball” on the end of the nose, a hanging or drooping tip, a hump on the top, a crooked nose, dents or bumps and difficulty breathing. Where possible, computer imaging is used to enhance the consultation process.
When performing rhinoplasty surgery, these different anatomical features must be analysed and taken into account.
Construction of a surgical plan includes a very thorough exam, computer images, and then illustrative drawings of your anatomy.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and therefore you won’t be able to eat or drink for about six hours before the operation. Detailed instructions will be provided by the hospital on exactly what you should and should not do before surgery. The procedure usually takes around 2 hours and depending on the time of the operation and overnight stay.
In terms of follow up, the following guidelines are generalised and I will often vary these to match your individual needs.
A Hospital stay is generally one (or sometimes two) nights
Most patients who have a rhinoplasty are back to work within two weeks
You will need to avoid bending or blowing your nose for one week after surgery
You will need to avoid rigorous exercise for six weeks after surgery
You will have a splint for one week after surgery day
You can expect to be able to drive within one week
Frequently asked questions
You should refrain from taking aspirin, non-steroidal painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen), or vitamin and herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding.
Be sure to disclose everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial.
Stop smoking and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure.
If the nasal bones are broken as part of the operation, your surgeon will choose to use a splint afterwards to hold them.
You can generally begin walking the following day. Your surgeon will advise you as to exercise but you would expect to be exercising by six weeks as a rule of thumb. Contact sports should be avoided for a longer procedure.
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