Rhinoplasty (nose job) explained
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping or a nose job, is a very popular cosmetic procedure used to change the shape and size of the nose, usually for aesthetic purposes.
The nose is a very prominent feature on your face and can greatly effect the way you look. Having a nose that is too big, too small, too straight or too crooked will impact the balance and symmetry of your face.
While many people are comfortable with some of these “imperfections” others choose to undergo rhinoplasty for personal reasons. Aside from, maybe, enhancing physical appearance, the reshaping of the nose can have a huge psychological impact. It may result in improving self confidence and self-esteem and generally make you feel better about yourself.
Nonetheless, rhinoplasty, like many cosmetic procedures, is a delicate and complicated procedure which requires much thought and consideration and should not be rushed into. Doing research and speaking to cosmetic surgeons and clinics specialising in rhinoplasty will help set some realistic expectation and let you know whether you actually want or need the procedure.
Although rhinoplasty is widely used as an elective cosmetic procedure, it can also play a part in improving the function of the nose. Apart from allowing people to smell, the nose functions as part of the respiratory system. It allows you to breath in and out. People who suffer from nasal disfunctions may find breathing through their nose difficult and may consider rhinoplasty as a solution to their problems.
Why have rhinoplasty surgery?
For many people reshaping their nose is a choice and for others it is a necessity. Whichever category you fall under, you will have your own reasons for wanting surgery to reshape your nose.
Here are some reasons why people choose to have a nose job:
- Nose is too big
- Nose is too small
- Nose is crooked
- Lack of symmetry
- Loss of function
Depending on your personal reasons and requirements the type of surgery and the surgical method available to you will vary.
What does rhinoplasty surgery involve?
What is involved in your procedure is determined by what you’re having done.
- If you want to make your nose smaller the surgeon will remove cartilage and bone to reduce the size of your nose. This is known as a nose reduction.
- If you want to make your nose larger the surgeon will graft bone from different parts of the body (hip, elbow or skull) and cartilage from your ear to build up the nose.
- If you want to change the shape of your nose the surgeon will break the nose and rearrange the cartilage to the desired shape.
No matter what you’re having done, nose reshaping is generally carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between one and a half and three hours to complete.
The surgeon you choose has two ways to carry out the operation, either making a cut in the skin between the nostrils, known as open rhinoplasty, or a small cut inside the nostrils, known as closed rhinoplasty.
What you want done will ultimately determine how the surgery is carried out. Your surgeon will let you know which surgical methods is possible and available to you.
You may be asked to stay in hospital for a day or two before being discharged and sent home. You may also experience some mild pain and discomfort which painkillers can control.
After rhinoplasty and recovery
Immediately after your surgery you may be asked to stay in hospital for a day or two. You may also be advised to take 2 weeks off work to allow for recovery.
To see the effects of the surgery you will have to wait a few months while the swelling goes down. After about 6 months you should be able to see the full effect of the surgery, by which time the swelling should have completely gone.
Your surgeon will advise you on things you should and shouldn’t do during your recovery.
Here are a few things your doctor may advise you:
- To reduce swelling, prop head up while laying down with a pillow
- Don’t take hot baths
- Don’t blow your nose
- Sneeze through your mouth not your nose
- Take painkillers to control any (mild) pain you feel.
Risks and side effect of rhinoplasty
After any surgery you’re going to experience some discomfort but this is quite normal and nothing to worry about.
It’s normal to experience the following side effect after your surgery:
- Blocked nose
- Numbness of the nose
- Swelling and bruising around the eye for a few weeks
- Soreness and mild pain
- Nose bleeding in the first few days
Like a lot of surgical procedure rhinoplasty surgery can occasionally result in complications. These include:
- Breathing difficulty
- An altered sense of smell
- Heavy nose bleeds
- Damage to the cartilage wall between the nose
You may also encounter other side effects or problems. If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome. As we’ve pointed out earlier, every surgery, big or small, contains some level of risk.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on where you have your treatment, the extent of the procedure and the complexity.
According to data from NHS the cost of nose reshaping in the UK ranges from £4,500 to £7,000. Additional cost may be applied for consultation, additional treatment and aftercare. This will depend on the facility you use.
Other online source indicates the cost of nose reshaping in the UK to be in the range of £2,500 to £6,500 with a median average cost of £4,200.
Treatment Cost Abroad:
Croatia: From £2,400
Czech Republic: From £1,300
Turkey: Please Enquire
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About Rhinoplasty Surgery
The nose is a very prominent feature of the face and is one of the first things anyone is likely to notice. Although some people don’t mind minor facial imperfections, it’s not that unusual to feel dissatisfied with the shape and size of your nose.
Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery is a very common cosmetic surgery procedure. It’s carried out to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose and improve function, if it is necessary.
Rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure, the results of which can significantly alter the appearance of your face and therefore requires a lot of careful thought and consideration.
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