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Rhinoplasty

THE PROCEDURE

Nose reshaping surgery, known as rhinoplasty, is designed to improve the appearance, and sometimes also the function, of the nose. The nose is reshaped by a variety of operative techniques, with the precise plan being designed bespoke for you. The aim is to give you a natural appearing nose, that is harmonious with the rest of your face.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

Rhinoplasty surgery takes place in the hospital and is performed when you are asleep. It can be a day case procedure, or with an overnight stay. There are broadly two ways of approaching the nose - either "closed" (with scars kept inside the nose) or "open" (with an additional scar on the skin between the nostrils). The best technique for you will be ascertained after careful clinical examination and listening to your goals.

Rhinoplasty surgery is complex three dimensional reconstruction of the nasal skeleton, which is composed of both bone and cartilage. Once reshaped, the skin on the outside conforms to the new shape of your nose.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The benefits of rhinoplasty surgery are a combination of psychological, aesthetic and functional. The change in peoples' self confidence after rhinoplasty can be significant. In addition, the nose should be more harmonious with your face, with the particular concerns you had addressed. Finally, if there were breathing issues you had previously, these may be improved after the procedure.

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Depending on the complexity of the surgery, the operation may take anywhere between 45 to 180 minutes.
When you wake up you will have a splint on your nose, which will stay there for around a week. You will also a have a pad under your nose to catch any small amounts of bleeding. There will be swelling, so your nose will feel blocked, and there may be a temporary pack inside your nose, usually removed at 1-2 days after surgery.The rule with rhinoplasty surgery, is that the final result cannot be judged until a year after surgery. However, most of the swelling will disappear by 6-weeks, and more by 3-months.

In order to recover as quickly as possible, and to get the swelling to settle quickly, it is best to remain upright as much as possible. Don't bend down to pick things up or do up shoe laces (rather squat, keeping your head up). For sleeping, use 2 or 3 pillows on your bed.

Do not blow your nose for 3-4 weeks after surgery, and instead use regular saline spray washes to keep your nose clean. Most people can return to light activity after two weeks, but you should avoid heavy activity and crowded situations for 4-6 weeks after surgery

The success rates of nose-reshaping are good. There is a revision rate of around 15% to improve or adjust the results, so it is important to understand this. Surgery cannot guarantee perfection, but your appearance should be improved.

Rhinoplasty surgery is associated with a variety of risks and complications. Some are outlined below:

  • Infection (under 1%)
  • Irregularities and asymmetries of the nose that will require further surgery
  • Changes in the colour or texture of the skin of the nose (such as the appearance of small blood vessels)
  • The tip of your nose may remain numb for quite some time, and the texture of your nose may feel quite stiff for some months after surgery.
  • Some people experience an alteration in their sense of smell.
  • Rarely, there may be damage to the septum (the part of your nose that separates your nostrils on the inside) resulting in a hole between them, known as a fistula. This may require further treatment.
  • Heavy nose bleeds following surgery are uncommon, but if this occurs you should contact the hospital immediately.
Revision surgery might be needed to make any adjustments in your result - rates can be around 20%

Prices starts from £5500

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