The nose is the most visible facial feature and, therefore, the first to attract attention. It also defines the general characteristics of one’s face, so a crooked or otherwise deformed nose often causes psychological discomfort. Nose reshaping surgery (or rhinoplasty) may be used to: change the size and shape of the nose, reduce it, remove the nasal hump, and reshape the tip and the nostrils.
Nose reshaping can not only enhance its aesthetic appeal but also relieve respiratory impairment, which is very commonly caused by nasal septum deviation. In general, respiratory impairment can occur due to various factors, such as birth defects, nasal fractures, or natural aging processes.
Nose reshaping is the right procedure for you if:
- You believe that your nose is too large/long;
- You have wide or asymmetrical nostrils;
- You believe that your nose is too small/short;
- Your nose is aesthetically displeasing due to injury;
- You have respiratory impairment.
What you should know:
- Swelling will be visible for several weeks;
- Nasal discharge may occur at any time within 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery;
- You might have difficulty breathing through the nose for 3 to 4 weeks;
- You will need to spend the first night after the surgery at our clinic;
- You should not wear glasses for 2 months;
- The healing process takes 3 to 4 months.
1. Consultation with plastic surgeon
During your consultation with a plastic surgeon, they will inspect your nose and assess your physical health, answering all procedure-related questions you might have. Having listed all possible procedure techniques and taken note of your expectation, the surgeon will suggest the optimal option for you.
2. Preparing for surgery
For best results, it is important that you also take steps to prepare for the surgical procedure. This is why you should consider quitting smoking, as it affects the healing process. It is also important that you do not suffer from any respiratory illnesses or have a cold during the procedure.
3. Surgical procedure
The surgery takes 2 to 4 hours.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
The location of the incisions depends on the procedure technique deemed best-suited by the surgeon.
- Closed rhinoplasty. The incisions are only made inside the nostrils, hiding all post-operative scarring.
- Open rhinoplasty. The incision is made under the nose, across the columella between the nostrils. This technique can be used to reshape the tip of the nose or its bridge or correct its axis.
If the nose is to be enlarged, small pieces of bone or cartilage can be grafted from another part of the body, such as the ear (in case of cartilage transplantation), elbow, or rib. In some cases, the grafted tissue may be replaced with implants.
Inflatable nasal tampons are also inserted into the nose to help with the healing process, which are removed either the same day or the next. Thanks to their new technology, nasal tampon removal is not a painful experience.
4. Outcome and recovery
The amount of time it takes for recovery varies from one patient to another, but it is significantly extended if they smoke or consume alcohol. You might need painkillers once the anaesthesia wears off.