Nose Reshaping – Rhinoplasty
There are various different types of procedures within the scope of nose reshaping, so the exact nature of the treatment will depend on what kind of result you are looking for. The two main surgical techniques used in Rhinoplasty operations are ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’. ‘Open’ means that some or all of the incisions are made outside of the nose and ‘closed’ means that all the incisions are made inside the nose. A Rhinoplasty procedure normally involves separating the soft tissue that lies on top of the nose from the cartilage and bone underneath. Depending on the type of Rhinoplasty you are undergoing, the surgeon may break the nose bone and reposition it and reshape the cartilage. A Rhinoplasty is usually performed to reshape the nose and/or relieve blockages in the nostrils that can cause difficulty breathing.
How long does the Procedure take?
Nose Reshaping surgery normally lasts around 2 hours.
What Anaesthetic is available?
A Rhinoplasty can be performed either under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetic with IV Sedation. You can discuss which Anaesthetic options are most suitable for you at your initial consultation with the surgeon.
The size and shape of your nose will be altered permanently. This can improve the way you look and feel about yourself and if you have previously had breathing difficulties, this should be significantly improved following surgery.
Factors to Consider
It is worth considering that your surgeon is only able to work within the limitations of your cartilage and bone structure, so there are limits to how far you are able to alter the shape and size of your nose and it is of course essential that having surgery does not interfere with your breathing. Sometimes people find that there are irregularities in shape of their nose following surgery. Rest assured that these irregularities usually settle in time and the final results of your Rhinoplasty can take up to 12 months to emerge, so it is therefore very important to wait for a minimum of 1 year before making any decisions to undergo further surgery.
What is the Recovery Period?
It is recommended that you take 10-14 days off work to rest, but please discuss this with your surgeon at your initial consultation. Every patient heals differently and at their own pace, so there is no fixed time for recovery. Following surgery, your surgeon will place a small splint on your nose. This is to protect your nose and keep everything stable for a minimum of 5-8 days. A nasal pack may also be placed inside your nose to help reduce any bleeding and swelling. Mild to moderate discomfort is to be expected following your Rhinoplasty procedure, but this can be controlled with prescribed painkillers which you can continue to take once you get home. There will be some swelling and bruising following surgery and you may develop two black eyes. Cold compresses and the Homeopathic remedy ‘Arnica’ tablets can really help to combat this.