If you’re considering surgery to alter the structure of your nose, it’s best to read up on what you can expect from rhinoplasty treatment and how it can help you achieve facial harmony.
That’s why our experienced professionals have produced this all-you-need-to-know blog on the rhinoplasty procedure.
So, keep reading to find out more about this unique treatment.
What exactly is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping or simply as a nose job is a surgical procedure to alter the size or shape of the nose.
Some patients require rhinoplasty to correct breathing issues caused by a deviated septum or the shape of their nose. But most people opt for nose reshaping for cosmetic reasons, feeling that their current nose isn’t as aesthetic as it could be. Often, patients cite the following as reasons for choosing a nose job:
- The nose is too big
- It’s too prominent
- It’s crooked
- The nose is misshaped due to breakage
- The tip of the nose is creased
- They have a hump in their bridge
- The nostrils are an uneven shape or are too large
Ultimately, nose reshaping aims to help those who aren’t happy with their nose become much more confident in their appearance.
It will achieve this by improving facial symmetry, as the nose is a prominent feature that can make our face appear to be out of balance or distract from our other facial features if incorrectly proportioned.
What’s ethnic rhinoplasty?
Beauty is an expression of ethnic identity and this surgical treatment is a superb way to accentuate the facial traits that make you who you are.
Simply, put ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on the unique nasal structure of non-Caucasian noses.
The ethnic rhinoplasty procedure simply elevates your confidence by cosmetically correcting any facial imbalance you may feel when looking in the mirror. It can also be utilised to fix breathing difficulties experienced due to the natural formation of your nasal structure.
What does the rhinoplasty procedure involve?
Both rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty procedures are performed the same way, starting from your initial consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon to your treatment and post-surgical care.
During the first meeting with your surgeon, you’ll have a discussion determining whether you’re a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty – you’ll talk through your reasons for wanting a nose job and what you hope to achieve after treatment.
Your surgeon will also examine your medical history, such as your medical conditions and medications. This is to ensure you don’t have any limiting conditions, such as haemophilia, which can cause excessive bleeding and will likely prevent you from having rhinoplasty surgery.
Next, a physical examination to decide what changes will achieve facial harmony is conducted – potential modifications that your surgeon can make include:
- Alteration in size
- Adjustment in angle
- Refinement of the tip
- Straightening of the bridge
- Narrowing of the nostrils
Your surgeon will also:
- Encourage you to stop smoking if you do, as it hinders the healing process
- Decide whether other surgical procedures could be done simultaneously to enhance your face e.g., a chin augmentation
- Discuss surgery fees with you
The surgery procedure
Before treatment begins, you’ll be sedated with general anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be unconscious during surgery and won’t feel anything.
The procedure itself involves adjusting the bone and cartilage underneath the skin of your nose to achieve your desired outcome, whether it be making the nose smaller or more aligned. If you currently have a deviated septum, it will be straightened during surgery.
The operation will last between 1-2 hours depending on the patient’s procedure – afterwards, you’ll be able to go home on the same day, meaning no overnight stay in a hospital bed.
Post-surgery, you’ll be thrilled to know that you shouldn’t experience much severe pain and recovery time is fairly quick if you rest and relax – you should slowly be able to get back to normal and take part in your day-to-day activities, like exercising, after a few short weeks.
Your surgeon will give you plenty of aftercare advice to follow so you know what to expect, for example, advising you not to touch your nose to aid a faster recovery.
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