What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose-job is the reshaping of the nose, which changes the size and / or shape of the nose in both males and females.
This surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the UK.
People who are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose often opt for nose job surgery.
One of the most common complaints from patients is that their nose seems out of alignment or that they are unhappy with their 'side profile'.
There are many different options and techniques when it comes to rhinoplasty, depending on the patients needs and goals.
However, arranging a consultation with a nose specialist is the best way to find out all of the information you need and whether or not you are a suitable candidate for nose-correction surgery.
Many factors are taken in to account and a specific individual assessment is carried out on each patient. Factors include; age, nose size, nose shape and skin condition.
It is also worth noting that it is imperative that decisions for nose surgery are not taken lightly and that a full psychological assessment is carried out to ensure there are not any social or emotional issues affecting your self confidence, self esteem and decision.
Why Choose Rhinoplasty?
There are many reasons why people choose to have surgery on their nose. Each reason can be categorised in to 2 main categories: medical and cosmetic.
The two categories can also merge when patients have undergone surgery for medical reasons, such as a sports injury, but then been unhappy at the results some time later, and therefore opted for cosmetic correction.
People who undergo cosmetic rhinoplasty often have an issue with a particular part of their nose. The most common cosmetic areas are; the tip of the nose, and the bridge, or dorsum.
The issues / complaints surrounding the bridge of the nose is that it has a bump / hump that sticks out. People who are unhappy with the tip of their nose complain that their nose appears too wide / thin, too round or beaked.
Length is also a common issue for some patients.
Rhinoplasty that is carried out for medical purposes is often done so because of an injury to the nose.
Accidents and sports injuries are two of the main culprits when it comes to medical rhinoplasty. Issues with the nose can also impact on the quality of life of a patient such as; mental health and causing breathing problems.
You may undergo rhinoplasty to:
- Change the length of your nose
- Change the width of the nose / nostrils
- Change the size of the nostrils
- Change the bump at the nose bridge
- Reposition your nose after accident / injury
Surgery on the nose is carried out under general anaesthetic.
You can speak to your consultant about the procedure as each patient is treated individually depending on their aim, nose size and shape.
The four most common procedures carried out are:
1. To break the nose and change the shape of it, as well as the nostrils. During this procedure the cartilage is also rearranged.
2. Making the nose bigger, also known as nose augmentation. This is performed by taking cartilage from other parts of the body, such as the ears or hips, to build up part of the nose. This process is commonly known as a graft.
3. To change the angle or direction of the nose and the lips.
4. Making the nose smaller, also known as nose reduction. During this procedure part of the bone or cartilage is removed.
Each operation mentioned above is carried out by making incisions in one of two ways:
- Open rhinoplasty - where an incision is made across the skin between the nostrils.
- Closed rhinoplasty - whereby small incisions are made inside one or both nostrils. This method is known to cause less swelling and does not leave visible scarring as cuts are inside the nose. However, closed rhinoplasty is not always an option.
If you are concerned about what happens to the skin on your nose during and post-surgery, speak to your consultant. However skin on the nose is very adaptable and can expand or shrink to its new shape.
Overall, rhinoplasty surgery takes around 2-3 hours on average to complete. Patients would expect to stay in hospital for 1-3 nights for immediate recovery and aftercare.
After you undergo surgery on your nose, you will need ample time off work and normal activities to rest and recover.
Patients should expect to have around 1 to 2 weeks off work.
However, to see the full effects of your nose job it will take approximately 3-4 months, with swelling lasting up to 6 months on average.
Following surgery and your stay in hospital, you will leave with dressings on your nose and in each nostril.
A splint is usually held over your nose and you may be unable to breathe through your nose at first.
Regular painkillers are provided to ease any discomfort or pain.
Although your surgeon will advise you on the necessary aftercare in a recovery plan tailored to you, driving is often ruled out for all patients post-surgery. Patients will be able to drive within 4-5 days on average.
What to expect in recovery:
- After the first week your stitches will be removed. If your surgeon used dissolvable stitches, they will dissolve within this time-frame.
- After the first month any swelling, bruising or redness may subside and you can return to light activities, such as swimming.
- After 2 months you will be able to return to more strenuous exercise and activities.
As with all surgery, it is important to rest and recover to make sure you get the most out of your procedure and not jeopardise the results.
You should aim to rest in bed for at least 2-3 days after you have returned home with your head propped up to help reduce any swelling.
Patients are advised to avoid bathing in hot water, wetting the splint, blowing your nose and sneezing through your mouth. Not sneezing through your nose will keep pressure off it and aid recovery.
If possible, try to avoid areas that may be dusty or contain smoke and stay away from contact sports.
Complications and Side Effects
After undergoing surgery for the reshaping or resizing of your nose, there are common side effects you should expect. These include:
- Your nose feeling numb or stiff.
- Light nosebleeds.
- Blocked nose. Patients are required to breathe through their nose for the first 7 to 10 days.
- Bruising and swelling around the eyes and nose. This can last up to 21 days.
- Soreness, which can be eased with painkillers.
- Scarring. Scars will be red following surgery but will fade over the next 6 to 12 months.
There are also complications associated with rhinoplasty, but they are rare. These include:
- Heavy bleeding - you may experience heavy or excessive bleeding immediately after surgery.
- Infection - this is not exclusive to rhinoplasty and all operations come with a risk of infection. If your wound gets infected you may need antibiotics.
- Blood clots
- Increased sensation
- Breathing trouble
- Altered sense of smell
You can find out more about the risks and complications related to nose surgery from our health professionals. Our team are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have and put your mind at rest.
Booking a consultation is a great way to get everything off your chest in a pressure-free environment with absolutely no obligation. We put patients wellbeing and safety first and always ensure they are 100% happy with the decisions they make before proceeding.
Why Choose Us For Rhinoplasty?
At Manchester Private Hospital, we are the hub for the North West.
Based in Manchester, we are easily accessible to all surrounding areas.
Our qualified surgeons have been performing nose-jobs for many years with patient safety and well being at the heart of our ethics.
Patients can have a pressure-free consultation with our experts to ensure they are making an informed decision with specialist advice that is tailored to you personally.
If after you walk away from your consultation you remember something you forgot to ask, simply contact us again and again until you have total peace of mind.
We prides ourselves on providing comprehensive aftercare with a flexible approach to ensure complete patient safety and satisfaction.
If you are ready to make the change in your life that you've always wanted, contact us today to speak with one of our experts about rhinoplasty.
Surgery does not have to be a daunting experience, our qualified professionals are trained to help you every step of the way from consultation to post-surgery aftercare.