Rhinoplasty – Nose Job
Designed to correct, reconstruct, resize and improve the functionality of the nose, rhinoplasty is an advanced surgery that requires exceptional skills. The nose is a prominent feature of the face, which is why it’s imperative to find a highly-qualified and experienced surgeon that can successfully balance your facial features.
Rhinoplasty – Are You Eligible?
There are a number of different ways that the nose can be adjusted during a rhinoplasty surgery, including decreasing the size of the nose, adjusting the tip, repairing birth defects, straightening a deviated septum, removing bumps and narrowing the nostrils.
Any adult who is in good physical health and wants to adjust the appearance or improve the functionality of their nose is an ideal candidate for this procedure. In the case of younger patients, girls need to be at least 13 years old and boys should be at least 15.
During your consultation, facial plastic surgeon, Dr Michael Zacharia, will assess your eligibility for this surgery and explain what is possible based on your goals, physical characteristics and medical history. Computer imaging software will also be used to give patients an idea of what their nose will look like following a rhinoplasty surgery.
Preparing for Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
Following your consultation with Dr Zacharia, he will explain the rhinoplasty procedure to you, including any risks and side effects. He will then take you through the recovery process and provide you with a checklist that you will help you prepare for your surgery.
Dr Zacharia will also discuss the cost of your rhinoplasty surgery with you, which will include anaesthetic and hospital fees. The cost of rhinoplasty will depend on the complexity of the procedure, so this varies between patients.
Understanding the Nose Job Procedure
The average rhinoplasty surgery lasts between two and three hours and one of two techniques will be used to achieve the desired result.
The open technique is only used in complex cases and involves making an incision across the columella, which is the area of skin that separates the nostrils. Once the incision heals a few weeks after surgery, it is very discreet.
The second option is the closed technique, which Dr Zacharia uses in 90% of his surgeries. This technique involves making small incisions on the inside of the nose to separate the skin from the bone and cartilage. Once the necessary changes are made, the skin is re-draped over the underlying structures of the nose and dissolvable sutures are used to complete the procedure.
What to Expect after Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
Following your surgery, a splint will be put in place to secure your nose until your post-operative appointment. To minimise bruising and swelling, Dr Zacharia will administer a Vitamin C IV infusion before you are discharged.
Rhinoplasty patients will need to take at least a week off work but in some cases, this could be extended to two weeks. The nasal splint will be removed after ten days but bruising may still be visible for several more days, particularly under the eyes.
As the swelling dissipates over the next few months, you will start to notice changes in the appearance of your nose. Patients can expect most of the swelling to be gone three to four months after their procedure. In terms of scarring, the more effectively the incisions are able to heal, the less visible the scar will be, but this is only relevant if the open technique was used.
Patients will see the final results of their rhinoplasty surgery 12 to 18 months after the procedure.