The Rhinoplasty Procedure


A rhinoplasty, or nose job, as it’s most commonly known, is starting to increase in popularity with celebrities and bloggers admitting to having had the procedure.
The nose is a feature that sits squarely in the centre of the face and if you are not happy with its appearance, it is the first thing you focus on when you look in the mirror, which can lead you to assume that others are doing the same.
But what actually is a rhinoplasty procedure?
A rhinoplasty or nose job is a surgical procedure used to change;

  • Nose size, in relation to your other facial features
  • Nose width, at the bridge
  • Nose profile, removing visible lumps or bumps
  • Nasal tip, improving a large or bulbous tip or fixing one that is drooping, or too upturned
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry and deviation

The procedure itself will vary slightly depending if it’s an open or closed technique;

  • Open rhinoplasty; this involves a small incision at the base of the nose to lift the skin, allowing a direct view in sculpturing, correcting and re-supporting the tissues of the nose
  • Closed Rhinoplasty; this involves a small hidden incision within the nostrils and most likely a nasal speculum will be used to view the nasal structures within

Open vs Closed Surgery Incisions
Open vs Closed Surgery Incisions

Incisions are made on the nose during an open rhinoplasty, the skin is then lifted and the nasal structures exposed. Cartilage and bone can then be removed if there is a need to reduce a lump and small breaks are made along the sides of the nose which allows the surgeon to push the bones in and narrow the nose if required. The tip cartilages can then be narrowed and a cartilage graft can be placed for support, stitches are then placed to shape the tip and the skin is laid back in place and fine stitches are then used to close the incisions.
It is common to have bruising and swelling on your face after a nose operation especially bruising around the eyes.
You may have dressings inside each nostril for the first few hours after surgery which will cause you to be unable to breathe through your nose, but don’t worry! These are removed before you go home. The rest of your nose will be bandaged up with a splint to help support the nose after surgery. Although uncomfortable, it is important that you keep this on until told to remove to ensure your nose heals in the best way possible.
Improving the shape of your nose can have a dramatic impact on your whole face, but if you are considering a nose job, it’s very important to do your homework to give you the best chance of getting the results you dream of.
It is definitely worth noting that unfortunately, compared to other surgical procedures, nose jobs have a particularly high revision rate. It has been reported that 25% of people who have had a rhinoplasty then go on to seek a second operation and sometimes a third or more.
As one of the most technically challenging cosmetic procedures around, it is vital that you take your time to pick the most suitably qualified surgeon with the right credentials.
A great Plastic Surgeon doesn’t always mean they are a great rhinoplasty surgeon. Do as much research as you can specifically around rhinoplasty and those who specialise in the area.
When it comes to choosing a surgeon, do not focus on the price. An experienced surgeon who specialises in a procedure is likely to charge slightly more than one who may not. Your nose is a prominent feature on your face so this is not something you would want to cut corners on.
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