The Ins and Outs of a Rhinoplasty

Nose jobs, or Rhinoplasties are one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the UK. The surgery is designed to alter, improve or enhance the shape of your nose for cosmetic or medical reasons. Not sure whether Rhinoplasty is the right procedure for you? Do you know what it involves? There are always certain factors that you need to consider before committing to surgery, and a nose job is no different.

To ensure that you are accessed and prepared accordingly, your chosen surgeon will arrange an initial consultation. During this consultation, all sections of your nose, including the dorsum, bridge and nostrils will be examined. You will see how each part could look via a computer simulator that predicts results based on your plan. Researching your surgeon should never be overlooked so make sure you are comfortable with the operation plans before proceeding.

There are two different types of Rhinoplasty surgery, both used for very different reasons. These are called the closed or open approach and both should be discussed at your consultation. These operations come with their positives and negatives which should all be highlighted, to ensure that you are happy and that the result is both balanced and aesthetically pleasing. Closed approach surgery is where no external incisions are made. Instead, all incisions are within the nose, meaning there will be no scars on the exterior. This procedure is used predominately to aid with minor breathing difficulties.

This contrasts with the open approach surgery, where a small incision is made along the bridge of tissue between the nostrils. As this is as small as possible, the incision is usually very unnoticeable after the recovery period. Alterations to the tip of the nose, reconstruction work and those with severe breathing difficulties will be recommended to have open approach surgery.

After a Rhinoplasty, most patients experience very little pain and are able to return home the same day, though bruising and swelling is apparent for approximately five days. This will vary depending on how complex the surgery is. You will be expected to wear a dressing with a splint, as well as bandages, to protect your nose for a week; these can then be removed. Patients will be able to embrace their new look three to four weeks after surgery.

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