Considering a rhinoplasty procedure?
The ultimate objective of a rhinoplasty is to create a size, shape and profile which is in proportion to the rest of the individual’s facial features.
Rhinoplasty can be used to increase or decrease the size of the nose or change the shape or size of the tip or the span of the nostrils. It can also be used to help relieve obstructive breathing problems or correct post traumatic deformities.
A rhinoplasty can help men and women of different ages, but is usually carried out on individuals over the age of 18 once the structure of the nose is fully formed. Depending on the complexity and extent of nasal reshaping required, surgery usually takes between one to two hours. and can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation here at The Westbourne Centre.
What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?
With an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make a small incision in the columella (the skin between the nostrils). Closed rhinoplasty involves the surgeon making small incisions inside the nose and means there will be no visible scar.
Which type of rhinoplasty you choose to have will depend on the results you are trying to achieve. During your consultation, the surgeon will examine your nose and discuss whether open or closed rhinoplasty will be best for you to achieve your goals.
In some cases, patients may require a ‘septorhinoplasty’ which is the combination of a rhinoplasty and septoplasty. A septoplasty is surgery to correct a deviated septum.
How long will it take to recover after a rhinoplasty procedure?
All rhinoplasty procedures at The Westbourne Centre are carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation. During the procedure, patients are given a local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation and painkillers. Patients are not unconscious; they breathe for themselves meaning that patients are able to go home the same day to recover in the comfort of their own home.
Time off work is an individual matter, and will vary from patient to patient. Things to consider would be how physically demanding your job is and the type of environment you work in. A protective splint is worn for a week after rhinoplasty, especially if manipulation of the nasal bones was required during surgery. You can expect to be very bruised and swollen for up to 14 days following surgery.
Recovery rates do vary from patient to patient. It can take up to 12 months for the nose to fully heal and for the final shape to become apparent. The nature of rhinoplasty surgery and the delicateness of the nose, and surrounding bone and tissue, means the shape of the nose can change in the months following surgery. It is important that you return for follow-up appointments with your surgeon so we can monitor your progress and ensure you are happy with your outcome as it settles. With all rhinoplasty procedures, there is an inherent chance of adjustments following surgery.
You will be fully informed about the implications of having a rhinoplasty and any possible short or long-term complications during your consultation.
Do you have any before and after photos?
As everyone is different, it is important to understand that outcomes can vary post-operatively for each individual patient. We do not publish before and after photos of any facial plastic surgery on our website, nor do we distribute them prior to the consultations. Our surgeons will show you some images during the consultation which are relevant to your individual case. Sometimes it can be difficult to manage expectations if you’ve seen images where the end result is not compatible with your facial shape, features and proportions. It is also useful for the surgeon to talk you through the transformation and why they achieved the result they did.
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