Rhinoplasty (commonly referred to as a nose job) is still one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. While rhinoplasty looks at restructuring and reshaping your nose to your desired requirements, closed rhinoplasty achieves the same outcome but is aimed at patients who require nasal bridge modifications. Also, with closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are hidden within the patient's nose (the majority of the procedure is performed from inside the nostrils).
What Can Closed Rhinoplasty Treat?
Closed rhinoplasty procedures differ from traditional (open) rhinoplasty in that the procedure focuses on operating from within the patient’s nostrils. Incisions are hidden inside the nose to minimise scarring. Closed rhinoplasty procedures benefit patients who require nasal bridge reshaping. Some of the benefits of closed rhinoplasty are:
- Reshaping the nose in relation to facial symmetry
- Nose width, bridge and nostrils can be reshaped
- Bumps and depressions can easily be minimised
- No visible scarring
- Shorter recovery period (and less bruising and swelling)
Choosing Open or Closed Rhinoplasty Surgery?
The decision between both procedures depends on your specific requirements. Neither procedure is ‘better’ than the other. During your consultation, your consultant will explain both procedures and together you will decide which is more appropriate for your requirements.
How Long does Closed Rhinoplasty Take?
While procedures differ from patient to patient, your closed rhinoplasty procedure should take between 2-3 hours. If you require extensive work, your procedure may take slightly longer. Once the procedure has been completed, the healing process is usually swift and followed by some minimal discomfort.
Once your surgery is complete, it’s not uncommon to feel some minor discomfort around the nose, cheeks and eyes area. Closed rhinoplasty yields a faster recovery time than open rhinoplasty because the procedure is performed from within the nose and only using small incisions. You can expect any minor bruising and discomfort to completely subside after just one week (for closed procedures). Your consultant will advise you on when your nose splint can be removed, but in most cases, it’s removed after five days.
You can return to work a week after surgery and you will be able to wear concealer to mask any minor bruising if you so desire.
While initial recovery is very fast, it’s essential you do not bump your head or nose after your procedure. Any contact sports must be avoided at all costs for up to three months (unless advised by your consultant). If you do suffer a knock to your nose, you must inform your consultant immediately as this may hinder the healing process.
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If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.
- What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
- Have I considered all the options?
- Can surgery give me the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Is now the right time?
Having surgery is a big decision
Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.
Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.
Having surgery is a big decision
Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery
Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.
We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.