1. What is it?
Rhinoplasty or nose job is a procedure which reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing a hump, changing the shape of the top or bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils, or changing the angle between nose and lip.
2. Why is it popular and what are the benefits?
The nose is one of the defining characteristics of the face, and a disproportion or irregularity can often cause self-consciousness. Sometimes irregularities are inherited (the “family nose”) and sometimes the result of a sporting injury or accident. As well as being unsightly, nasal deformity may also create physical repercussions such as breathing difficulties and sinus infections.
Rhinoplasty can therefore not only dramatically improve the look of your nose and the overall symmetry of your face, but also its function.
3. What does the procedure involve?
The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic though it can be performed under heavy or “twilight” sedation which reduces recovery time. Generally, the surgeon will work from the inside of the nose: the skin and external area is not touched so there are no visible scars. In open rhinoplasty a tiny scar is made outside. The actual technique used will depend on the type of reshaping to be done, and your surgeon will discuss this with you at your consultation.
4. What are the risks and likely after-effects?
Cosmetic Surgery, like any other surgery, involves a “trauma” to the human body and there are risks associated with any procedure. Each person’s body is different, and your general health, level of fitness, age and genetic profile will all have an effect on the speed of healing and also on the risk of side-effects.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, are overweight and/or take drugs for medical or other reasons, the risk of complication during and after surgery can be greatly increased. Smoking, in particular, is discouraged because it increases the risk both of infection, wound breakdown and thrombosis (blood clots).
After rhinoplasty it is normal for all patients to experience some discomfort, swelling, numbness and bruising. In a few cases there may also be a little oozing for a day or two after the operation. You can dab this away gently with a clean handkerchief or gauze square. The nose will feel “bunged up” for 1-2 weeks. The most important fact that one needs to understand is that after rhinoplasty, the combination of the process of skin redraping, internal scar formation and the complete resolution of puffiness does not allow the complete settlement of shape for 9-18 months in some patients.
5. What will happen after the operation?
Your surgeon will see you when you have come round from the anaesthetic to check that all is well, and you will usually be discharged the same day. You’ll be given medication and post-operative instructions along with appropriate telephone numbers in case you need to contact us at any time. Cold compresses should be applied regularly for the first couple of days to reduce swelling.
Week 1 – 2
You will be fully mobile but may still experience some minor discomfort which you can control with prescribed painkillers. Bruising and swelling around the eyes will diminish and is usually almost gone after two weeks, and, importantly, you will look “normal” to other people.
During this time you will also receive a post-operative check with our nurse.
It’s worth anticipating your own reaction to the first sight of yourself and your new nose. To start with you will look rather strange in the mirror and not quite “you”. Remember that it takes a few days for your mind’s eye to adjust itself to your new appearance and to recognise it as “you”. You should not worry about any minor problems of shape immediately after the operation: it takes around 12 months for your nose to settle and for swelling to subside completely.
Weeks 8 – 12
Your surgeon will see you again, usually 8-10 weeks after the procedure for a full post-operative consultation.
6. Full Post-operative cover
We’re confident that you will be delighted with the results. For that reason, we guarantee that we will provide post-operative cover for a full three years after your procedure. It’s our way of ensuring that you have peace of mind and confidence in Linia.