Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty) 

What is a rhinoplasty procedure and why is it performed?

A rhinoplasty can help men and women of all ages to correct a large, disproportionate or irregular shaped nose.

Nose reshaping surgery is one of the most commonly performed facial cosmetic procedures provided and is often performed as a result of a patient feeling self-conscious about his or her facial appearance or profile. The ultimate objective of performing a rhinoplasty is for the surgeon to create an evenly proportioned nose shape and profile, which will compliment the other dimensions of the face and bone structure.

How is a rhinoplasty procedure performed?

A rhinoplasty procedure typically involves the surgical refining or removal of nasal bone and cartilage from just below the surface of the skin on the bridge, tip and/or nostril area. Following this refinement the skin is then re-draped over the newly designed underlying structure.

This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Under normal conditions a typical rhinoplasty procedure can take around 1 hour to perform. However, complicated rhinoplasty procedures performed to either build up or reconstruct the bone and cartilaginous structures of the nose can take much longer.
During a rhinoplasty procedure nearly all surgical incisions are made from within the nasal passage or nostril area and consequently surgical scars are usually hidden from view. One exception to this rule is when overly large or flared nostrils are surgically tapered, leaving small and usually insignificant scars hidden in the natural crease line to the side or just below the nostril area itself.

What kind of men and women request this procedure?

  • Men and women of all ages who want to improve the general size of their nose
  • Men and women who want to correct the disproportionate or irregular shape of their profile, bridge, nasal tip or nostril area
  • Men and women, who have had a traumatic or disfiguring injury to the nose
  • Men and women, who have an abnormally flat appearance to the bridge of the nose

What are the results like?

This advanced corrective procedure can provide excellent results. Improved results will be noticed almost immediately following surgery but will be obscured by a firm splint or support, which is typically applied to the nose immediately after the procedure. Inevitable facial bruising and swelling occurs following this type of surgery and can take up to 10 – 14 days to settle to an acceptable level of appearance. After the initial swelling has settled down, subtle improvements to the contour of the newly shaped nose will continually take place for up to six to twelve months following surgery. It is usual for patients to experience some kind of nasal stuffiness, similar to having a heavy head cold, for several weeks following rhinoplasty surgery.

Internal sutures (stitches) are usually used during a rhinoplasty procedure and are absorbable. If external or unabsorbable sutures are used (usual only when a nostril reduction is performed) they will be removed after 5 – 7 days. Most patients are required to wear a firm supportive nasal splint for 7 days after surgery.

How will you feel after a rhinoplasty procedure and what is the recovery period like?

Whilst a rhinoplasty procedure is usually considered a reasonably pain free one, the operated area is often quite tender for several months following surgery. Analgesic tablets (pain killers) are always provided for any discomfort and patients are encouraged to stay as upright as possible during their early recovery stage to help diminish residual swelling and bruising. Patients usually describe the way they feel as similar to having a heavy head cold, rather than experiencing specific pain. These symptoms diminish rapidly after the first week and as internal wounds heal.

In the early days following discharge patients are strongly advised to avoid any level of activity that would put undue strain on the newly operated area. It is usual for patients to take at least a week off work to rest and recover at home whilst wearing the nasal splint.

It is often reported that sensitivity and numbness to the tip of the nose is a common side effect for up to 12 months following nose reshaping surgery.

You can’t usually use your private medical insurance for cosmetic surgery but you can pay directly for your Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)  treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you able to use your health insurance please do contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Hatfield Hospital.

Why One Healthcare

  • Modern purpose-built hospital opened in March 2016 (Ashford) December 2017 (Hatfield)
  • Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
  • Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
  • Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little or no waiting time
  • ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Calm, dignified experience

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