Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed to improve the appearance of the nose. This procedure involves operating on the bones and cartilage in the nose that give it its shape and structure.
Your nose could be naturally misshapen or disproportionate, or you may have sustained an injury which has affected the shape of your nose. Whichever the case, Rhinoplasty can sculpt a new shape to fit naturally within your face.
There are many variations of Rhinoplasty surgery - the shape of the nose can be changed, the bridge repositioned, bumps removed, nostril shape shifted or the tip reshaped.
· The surgeon will normally make alterations by accessing your nasal shaft internally. Small incisions to the nostril base may also be required.
· Bone structure and tissue can be manipulated to achieve the desired result.
· Following surgery, a splint will be fitted to your nose to maintain the new shape and this should be worn for approximately a week.
There will be bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes for the first few days, but this will quickly subside, and pain can be eased with painkillers. Scarring will be minimal, due to the internal access and any small incision scars will quickly fade.
The operation will take place under general anaesthetic, which means you will need to stay in hospital overnight. When it's time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow up appointment with your consultant, and/or the dressing clinic for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed.
You will be advised to take a week off work and to rest at home to ensure a quick and complete recovery. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks, as should any situations in which the nose could get knocked or damaged before full healing has taken place.