The nose has always held a special place of importance in facial aesthetics throughout history. While non-surgical treatments are become increasingly accepted, the rhinoplasty operation remains one of the most popular and demanding plastic surgery operations around the world.
This operation is usually performed under general anaesthetic in a private or public hospital.
Operation time depends on surgical requirements – typically between 2-4 hours.
There will be a nasal splint secured to the back of the nose and sometimes nasal packing in the nostrils while you are in hospital.
RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY
As with all surgical procedures, recovery will differ between individual patients.Overnight stay in hospital is usually required.For more details on surgical risks and recovery please click here.
There will be some bruising and swelling around the face and eyes.
For an open rhinoplasty operation, be prepared for 1-2 weeks of recovery prior to return to some social and work commitments. We would encourage wearing the nasal splint for one week after the operation.
Contact sports or heavy manual work should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks after the operation.
Scar management is an integral part of the recovery process following any surgery to help scars mature and fade.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
· Improve nasal breathing (this may involve an additional procedure called septoplasty performed at the same time).
· Straighten a crooked nose
· Improve symmetry of the nose
· Enlarge or reduce the size of the nose
· Improve the contour or profile of the nose
· Reduce a hump on the back of the nose or increase the height of the nasal bridge
· Refine or correct irregularities on the nasal tip
· Correct nasal deformities resulting from injury or congenital causes.
Rhinoplasty is a complex area of aesthetic and reconstructiove surgery. This information is provided as a guide only. We recommended consulting a specialist plastic surgeon for detailed individual advice.
The Asian nose is different to the Caucasian nose in almost every respect. From an anatomical perspective, the characteristics of the bone, cartilage, soft tissue and skin in Asian patients are very different to Caucasians. In addition, patient expectations, and individual concepts of beauty vary enormously between cultures. From a technical point of view, the use of autologous tissue and prosthetic materials is much more common in Asian rhinoplasty compared to Caucasians. In many cases, this includes the use of cartilage tissue from areas of the body other than the nose, such as the ears or the ribs.
Finally, it is important to realise that the Asian nose resides in an Asian face. It is important, therefore, that your surgeon is not only experienced in the techniques of Asian rhinoplasty, but also possess a deeper appreciation of the aesthetic nuances of Asian features.