Rhinoplasty is surgery to reshape a nose. With the nose being a prominent feature on the face, one that is out of proportion, has a bump, or is too wide to name a few reasons often leads people to seek nose surgery.
You will meet with your surgeon for a consultation who will discuss with you the reasons for you wanting rhinoplasty and the desired aesthetic outcome. The method of surgery will then be explained to you, along with recovery time and any questions you have will be answered. Please note you must be over the age of 18 to undertake this cosmetic procedure as your nose needs to be fully developed.
Rhinoplasty is performed using one of two methods. The first is open rhinoplasty where the incision is made on the outside of the nose. The second is closed rhinoplasty and this is where the incisions are made inside the nose in the nostrils. Depending on what is required during your surgery will depend on which method is chosen by your surgeon. Often cartilage and/or bone are removed and reshaped during rhinoplasty and your nose may need to be broken in order for this to happen. This is common for this type of surgery, especially if the bridge or nose width are being operated on and you will be advised if this is necessary during your consultation.
A general anaesthetic will be required for rhinoplasty and will take between one and a half and three hours. We recommend you stay overnight in hospital for at least one night. Stitches that are inside the nose will most likely be dissolvable with those outside probably requiring removal by your nurse at your first follow up appointment. You be also be advised at this stage if you can stop wearing your protective splint. It will be necessary to take 2 weeks off from work as your nose heals. The swelling will start to subside after the first 2 weeks with the majority having done down after 3 months. It can take up to 6 months for your nose to completely settle and all swelling and pain to disappear.
The price of rhinoplasty will depend on which procedures are required during your surgery along with other factors including the length of stay in hospital. You will be advised of the final price once you have met your surgeon and completed your consultation.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.