Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a ‘nose job’, is a procedure to alter the shape or size of the nose.
What Is Nose Reshaping Surgery?
Nose reshaping surgery is an operation to change the shape and size of the nose. This can be in relation to several parts of the nose including the tip, bridge, nostrils or the angle between the upper lip and nose. Those who choose to undergo this type of surgery often feel like their nose could benefit from aesthetic changes, though sometimes rhinoplasty is performed to improve breathing.
How Do I Prepare For Surgery?
You’ll need to attend a consultation before you commit to any cosmetic procedure. Here, you’ll work with the surgeon to create a personalised plan to achieve your surgery expectations. Before the surgery, it’s crucial that you:
- Quit smoking at least 6 weeks before
- Stop taking herbal supplements
- Stop taking aspirin
- Don’t take any anti-inflammatory tablets
As with any cosmetic procedure, patients are likely to experience discomfort in the days following surgery. You should arrange for someone to collect you after surgery and take up to two weeks off work to recover.
What Does The Procedure Involve?
The rhinoplasty Manchester clinics offer typically require general anaesthetic and usually takes between 1 to 2 hours. Methods used by the surgeon will vary depending on the patient’s desired results.
The shape of your nose can be changed in a number of ways, according to how much needs to be removed or added, the nose’s structure and the available cartilage. For smaller nose reshaping changes, cartilage may be taken from deeper inside the nose or the ear. For more dramatic alterations, cartilage could be taken from the rib.
In the majority of cases, an incision is made inside the nose at the base between the nostrils. The surgeon will then reduce or adjust the cartilage and bone beneath the skin. If ‘open’ rhinoplasty is performed, the incision is made across the columella. The wounds are then closed, and steristrips are applied to the nose before a splint is inserted and secured with tape. In contrast, for a ‘closed’ rhinoplasty procedure, the surgery can be done entirely through the nostrils.
Aftercare For Rhinoplasty
It’s recommended that you arrange for someone to collect you after the procedure. You’ll feel swollen and bruised, and may require analgesia to help with discomfort. Dressings may be required for your nose and if nasal packs are provided, you should expect to have these removed the next day. For the first couple of weeks after surgery, your nose may be blocked which will cause a build-up fluid in the back of the throat. To help your recovery, it’s advised you:
- Keep your head upright
- Keep the nose as dry as possible
- Try not to sneeze
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Avoid sports for 6 weeks
- Don’t blow your nose
You’ll be seen in the dressings clinic a week after surgery to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible.
Risks And Complications
The majority of treatments go ahead perfectly well, however, every surgery comes with its own risks and complications. Common complaints from patients include headache, bruising and swelling. More uncommon issues are light nose bleeds, stiffness and numbness of the nose, persistent nose bleeds, infection and delayed healing. All potential risks will be discussed in great detail during your first consultation.