Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Imperfections of the nose, such as prominence, or a “bump” (either genetic or caused by injury) can be corrected by rhinoplasty, often referred to as a “nose job”. Occasionally rhinoplasty is also recommended where a patient has difficulty breathing or septal deviation. Rhinoplasty is a surgery that requires aftercare and the results are not immediate, but they can dramatically and permanently change the patient’s appearance.

At an initial consultation, patients can discuss their concerns about the size and shape of their nose directly with the surgeon, who can help to determine a surgical plan for the reshaping of the nose, using photographs and helping to manage the patient’s expectations.

Because the nose shape is defined after puberty, most surgeons advise that patients wait until 17 years of age before undergoing a rhinoplasty, to reduce the risk of future revisional work as a young patient continues to age and develop.

Most rhinoplasty involves making surgical alterations inside the nose itself, in the mucous membrane. Suture lines or surgery hags will not be noticeable on the outer side of the skin at all, and any slight scarring left behind will fade over time.

Medical conditions such as a slight cold or the onset a patient’s menstruation can justify the delay of surgery.

Course of the surgery

Rhinoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia without any pain, though most patients request general anesthesia.

Following surgery, an overnight stay in-clinic is advisable.

Duration of Surgery: 1 to 1.5 hours
Duration of Clinical In-patient after Treatment: 1 night of observation

After the Surgery

Wearing a nose plaster: 1 week
The swelling between the eyes and the nose decreases in 10 - 12 days.
The patient can return to work 14 days after the operation
6 - 8 weeks after surgery, the nose gets its final and planned shape.

Complications

All risk factors are assessed during the consultation for rhinoplasty, however despite this, there may be unforeseeable complications, although complications in routine rhinoplasty are rare.

Complications could include infection, the formation of blood ulcerate and dropsy, keloid scar formation or asymmetry.