Reshape appearance and enhance function
The way our nose looks, its effectiveness for breathing, or both, can lead to varying degrees of dissatisfaction.
A rhinoplasty is the procedure used to alter the appearance of the nose. Concerns are often derived from inherited features or previous trauma. It is often, but not always, performed in conjunction with a septoplasty.
A septoplasty is the procedure used to improve internal problems of the nose. The septum is the central wall between the nostrils and is important for nasal support, shape, symmetry and airflow. A septoplasty aims to improve breathing in patients.
At Re., our Plastic Surgeons’ approach to surgery is conservative. While every effort is made to achieve the outcome desired by the patient, the surgeons need to preserve nasal support and never dangerously weaken nasal structures. Nearly all Re. rhinoplasties are performed ‘open’, which means that all the shape changes are performed with full visibility allowing the maximum precision possible.
There are many factors influencing the outcome of a rhinoplasty and these are discussed at the consultation. They include healing characteristics, the thickness of skin over the nose, how other aspects of facial appearance influence the nasal appearance, the difficulty of correcting asymmetry and hereditary factors. To assist in visualising the likely results, Re. surgeons utilise the Vectra 3D Imaging System as part of their consultation.
The nose will look different immediately after surgery, although swelling will still be present. Some sensation of the nasal skin is reduced, which is of no consequence, but may feel disconcerting for a while.
A rhinoplasty can be performed either as a day case or as an overnight stay, depending on the extent of the surgery. Your surgeon will advise you what is required in your case. The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic. Afterwards, an external splint will be used, while additional internal splinting or packing may also be required. Removal of splints and sutures can occur after one week, with results generally being presentable after one to two weeks. Whilst most of the swelling will disappear within two months, the actual healing process usually takes a full year.