Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
People who are considering nose surgery will naturally have a number of questions about the procedure. What are the different surgical options? What recovery time can they expect? It is normal to have a long list of questions while researching a surgical procedure, so Dr Hunt answers some of the main questions he is asked on a regular basis by his rhinoplasty patients.
What is the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty?
An open rhinoplasty involves an incision in the columella – the piece of skin that runs between the two nostrils. It allows the skin to be separated from the cartilage and gives the surgeon better access to the nose.
An open rhinoplasty is more frequently performed than it was in the past as it has been shown to have a lower rate of revision.
A closed rhinoplasty has no incisions of the external nose, which is an advantage as this means there is a relatively small scar. However, this method can have a higher revision rate than an open rhinoplasty. As a result most surgeons today tend to perform open rhinoplasties.
What is a tip rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty involves surgical treatment to the bones and cartilage of the nose. The bones make up the upper part of the nose between the eyes, and the cartilage is in two sections – the middle vault and the tip cartilage.
A tip rhinoplasty only addresses the tip cartilages and is therefore limited in its power to change the size and shape of the nose. This type of rhinoplasty is used to alter the shape, angle and definition of the tip and is only applicable in a limited number of cases.
Does Medicare Cover Nose Surgery?
In some instances, Medicare will recognise the need for a patient to undergo a rhinoplasty.
The nose is divided into the external nose which is visible and the internal nose which is the passage for breathing.
If there is a medical issue such as a post-traumatic deformity to the nose, Medicare will recognise the medical need to perform a rhinoplasty.
In cases where there is obstruction to the nasal airway in the internal nose Medicare may recognise the need to perform a septoplasty or turbinate reduction to improve nasal breathing.
As these examples are recognised as medical procedures there will be a Medicare rebate associated with them. Health funds will also potentially contribute to (if not cover) hospital costs depending on the level of cover.
What is the recovery time from a rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty can be performed as a day only surgery, or an overnight stay surgical procedure.
On discharge, the patient will need to allow at least two weeks to recover from their nose surgery. The patient will usually experience bruising around the eyes and an external nasal splint is often used to control the positions of the bones until they are healed.
After two weeks the patient should easily be able to return to work and undertake normal activities. However, they may not be ready to attend social functions until approximately six weeks after their surgery. It is recommended that a patient should not participate in contact sports until approximately three months following a rhinoplasty.
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