Rhinoplasty (also known as Nose Reshaping or a Nose Job) is a cosmetic surgery procedure to change the shape or size of the nose. Chosen for various reasons, this delicate operation can help in a range of situations, from aiding breathing to building self-esteem.
Why choose Rhinoplasty?
Reasons for choosing rhinoplasty might include dissatisfaction with the size or shape of your nose in proportion with the rest of your face. Broken or crooked noses due to accidents or injury can damage the nasal passage and impair breathing, which can be corrected with rhinoplasty.
What does Rhinoplasty involve?
While you are under general anaesthetic, your surgeon will operate on the bones and cartilage that give your nose its shape and structure. He will make the nose larger or smaller, change its shape or the angle between the nose and top lip by either making one cut across the skin between the nostrils (known as Open Rhinoplasty), or by making several tiny cuts inside the nostrils (known as closed rhinoplasty).
The length of time needed for rhinoplasty surgery depends on the amount of alterations required and can take between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete. After 2 weeks much of the swelling will have gone, however, it should be at least 3 weeks before you should attempt strenuous activity or vigorous exercise.
Are there any complications?
As with any operation, care should be taken immediately after the procedure. Bruising and swelling is expected and take several weeks to reduce. Other complications can include altered breathing, an altered sense of smell, temporary numbness of skin, and rarely, infection and bleeding.
You may be advised to sleep with extra pillows for a few days after surgery to help reduce swelling, avoid hot baths, smoky or dusty areas and blowing your nose, to avoid strenuous activity and to take painkillers to relieve mild pain.
Your surgeon will discuss these and other concerns you may have prior to surgery.