Brief Guide to Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic Surgery

If your nose is making you feel like a less gorgeous person than you actually are then you may have already considered getting a nose job. A cosmetic nose job, or rhinoplasty, shapes and contours your nose to a more desirable shape than you currently have. Rhinoplasty may also be used in cases where injury has occurred or if the patient has a deviated septum. It is a common procedure for plastic surgeons to perform the world over.

Why might you consider a nose job?

Your nose is always going to be right there. Smack bang in the centre of your face. It is what frames the rest of your face and there is certainly no hiding it, no matter how far makeup contouring techniques have come these days. You may not feel that the shape of your nose matches the rest of your features, or that it sticks out too far. Rhinoplasty can address this.

What else can rhinoplasty address?

Rhinoplasty can be performed for:

  • Narrowing the bridge of your nose
  • Narrowing the tip of your nose
  • Decreasing the size of your nose
  • Adding more to the tip of your nose
  • Narrowing the size of your nostrils
  • Straightening your nose
  • Removing bumps on the bridge of your nose
  • Correcting poor rhinoplasty from a previous nose job surgeon

Along with a range of various other complaints with your nose. Consult with a qualified rhinoplasty surgeon if your complaint is not listed above.

What is involved in the surgery?

The surgery itself will take around two to three hours to complete. Usually surgery is performed by the ‘Closed Technique’ by making small incisions inside of the nose, and then the skin carefully separated, before working on the cartilage and bone inside of the nose. Because the incisions are made inside of the nose that means there will be no scarring visible from the outside of your nose following surgery.

The majority of the healing after a rhinoplasty will take place over the next two weeks following the surgery. Patients can expect to wear a splint for up to 14 days, with bruising subsiding significantly after the first week, however swelling will remain. The majority of swelling will disappear after 14 days, but some light residual swelling may be noticeable for up to three or four months.

If you are unhappy with your nose, then it may be time to consult with a rhinoplasty surgeon. With the right cosmetic corrective surgery, you can boost your confidence and finally feel comfortable in your own skin.