Rhinoplasty is more commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’ and this involves adjusting the shape or size of the nose with the aim of improving its look.
What Is Nose Reshaping Surgery?
Nose reshaping surgery is an operation that changes the shape and size of the nose by altering several parts of the nose such as the tip, bridge, nostrils or the angle between the upper lip and nose.
Those who choose to undergo this type of surgery tend to for aesthetic changes as a way to improve the overall look of their nose and face, but rhinoplasty can also be performed to improve breathing.
How Do I Prepare For Surgery?
A consultation will be arranged before you commit to any cosmetic procedure and here you’ll have the ability to work with the surgeon to create a personalised plan to achieve your surgery expectations.
Before the surgery, please follow these steps::
- For a smooth recovery that will reduce complications, stop smoking around six weeks before the surgery.
- Your anaesthesia will perform best if you avoid taking any aspirin
- Avoiding herbal supplements or anti-inflammatories can prevent interference with your anaesthesia, allowing for a smoother recovery
Although you are likely to experience some form of soreness after the surgery, this is expected with any cosmetic procedure and we’ll provide advice on how to care for this. To avoid any complications, it’s important to arrange a close relation to collect you after the surgery. Recovery can also be aided by taking two weeks off your work and rest at home.
What Does The Procedure Involve?
The rhinoplasty Manchester clinics typically offer will be expected to take around one to two hours and use general anaesthetic to help numb the tenderness during the surgery and help you to feel more comfortable.
Every procedure is assessed individually and we can better determine how we can change the shape of your nose by examining how much needs to be removed or added, its structure and the cartilage available. For smaller nose reshaping changes, there is the ability to take the cartilage from deeper inside the nose or the ear, and more dramatic adjustments tend to involve the cartilage being taken from the rib.
We can reduce or adjust the cartilage and bone beneath the skin to make changes by making an incision inside the nose base between the nostrils which provide easier access.
During an ‘open’ rhinoplasty, the surgical cut is made across the columella to gain sufficient entry to the cartilage and bone. The wounds are then closed, and steristrips are applied before a splint is inserted and secured with tape to help support the recovery and results after your procedure.
In contrast, a ‘closed’ rhinoplasty procedure can be completed efficiently entirely through the nostrils to help cater to your surgical needs.
Aftercare For Rhinoplasty
You’ll naturally feel swollen and bruised after the surgery but we can use analgesia to aid the discomfort you may experience and improve your recovery. Arranging someone to collect you after the procedure can also prevent any complications occurring.
To ensure your results can be as positive as possible, we may supply you with dressings for your nose so it is protected, and if we provide you with nasal packs you can expect to have these removed the next day.
A build-up of fluid at the back of the throat can occur following the first two weeks of your surgery as your nose will be blocked, but this will be expected during the first stages of your recovery and will improve over time.
To help your recovery, it’s advised you:
- Keep your head upright so blood can flow to where it’s required and repair tissue
- Keep your nose as dry as possible so your results aren’t interfered with
- Try not to sneeze as this is likely to be extremely painful, but can also alter the amends made during the surgery and change your eventual results
- Avoid strenuous activities so you can gain the best possible results by avoiding risky situations
- By avoiding sports for at least 6 weeks, you can reduce the risk of your results being damaged
- Try not to blow your nose so your nose can naturally recover and avoid complications
You’ll be seen in the dressings clinic a week after surgery to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible.
Risks and Complications
It’s important to remember that our team is extremely experienced in what they do and the majority of treatments are completed perfectly, but as with any procedure there are still complications to be aware of which can ensure you’re prepared.
Common complications to be aware of tend to include headache, bruising and swelling but these are natural to experience considering what’s performed during the surgery. More uncommon issues are light nose bleeds, stiffness and numbness of the nose, persistent nose bleeds, infection and delayed healing and all potential risks will be discussed in great detail during your first consultation so you’re well aware of what they could be and how you can best prevent it.