Rhinoplasty is a very common operation that can aesthetically enhance the nose or correct the nose to improve nasal breathing. Rhinoplasty surgery can be either “open” or “closed” depending on your individual needs; the open technique leaves a small visible scar that will fade significantly with time, while the closed technique does not leave a visible scar but is a more rigorous and complex procedure to perform.
To determine which procedure is best suited to you, it is important to attend an initial consultation and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
What common concerns can be corrected with a rhinoplasty?
The areas that are primarily addressed in a rhinoplasty are:
- Improvement of nasal breathing (which can involve a simultaneous additional septoplasty)
- Straightening of a crooked nose
- Improvement of nasal symmetry
- Enlargement or reduction of the size of the nose
- Improvement of the nose contour or profile
- Reduction of a hump on the back of the nose or increasing the height of the nasal bridge
- Correction of nasal tip irregularities
- Refinement of the nasal tip
- Correction of nasal deformities resulting from injury or congenital causes
The most common requests from Asian patients include elevating the back of the nose, refining the nasal tip, and correcting the nose alas. Common concerns for Caucasian patients typically include a bump on the back of the nose, a nose that’s seen to be too large or protuberant, or a nose that may be “hooked” or “drooping”.
For patients who may have experienced past injuries to the nose, their concerns may include crookedness or the inability to breathe normally. These can also be addressed as part of the overall rhinoplasty.
How can a rhinoplasty change the aesthetics of the face?
A rhinoplasty is considered to be one of the most important aesthetic operations that can be performed because of the unique importance of the nose in an individual’s overall facial aesthetics. The shape, projection and width of the nose are important features in our day-to-day interactions, and cannot be hidden with glasses or facial hair. If a person is not happy with their nose, it can severely affect their confidence.
When altering facial features, Mr Lin aims to enhance and improve the patient’s existing features rather than drastically changing them. This provides a more natural result as opposed to a radical change, and a natural result is usually associated with higher patient satisfaction.
What will happen during the surgery?
The operation will be performed in a private or public hospital. You will be required to go under general anaesthetic, and depending on your surgical requirements the operation will take between 2-4 hours to complete. While in hospital you will have a nasal splint secured to the back of your nose.
What will happen after the surgery?
Following your surgery, it is expected that you will be required to stay in the hospital overnight. You will experience some bruising and swelling around the face, and we will usually encourage you to wear your nasal splint for one week after the operation.
Patients who have undergone an open rhinoplasty operation should expect 1-2 weeks of recovery before returning to social and work commitments, and physically demanding activities such as contact sports or heavy manual labour should be avoided for 4-6 weeks following surgery at least.
Can I have a rhinoplasty without surgery?
If you are not keen to go under the knife but are still not happy with the shape of your nose, there are other non-surgical options available. You can subtly change the shape of your nose through injecting hyaluronic acid fillers – this is a very popular non-surgical method, particularly among Asian patients. The back of the nose can be elevated and the tip of the nose can be slightly altered. The procedure can be performed in rooms within 30-40 minutes.