Non cosmetic elective procedure
- Hospital fees may be covered by private health insurance
- Day or overnight procedure
People visit us at Form and Face eager to enjoy the facial rejuvenation and improved appearance that cosmetic surgery can provide. Rhinoplasty can greatly improve the symmetry of your face and enhance the appearance of other facial features. The nose remains a central key element in the context of facial beauty.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common facial procedures for cosmetic/plastic surgeons. Saying this we encourage patients to research and understand all of the post-surgery healing before undergoing such a procedure. We understand that facial surgery is not something to be entered into lightly, so here at Form and Face Dr Norris will discuss and examine you thoroughly, and you are encouraged to express your concerns and desired post-operative results in depth.
Why would you choose to have rhinoplasty?
- Change the shape of your nose
- Change the size of your nose
- Change the length of your nose
- Correct the dorsal hump or hook nose
- Change width of nostrils
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Improve airflow through your nose
What happens at first consultation?
Rhinoplasty is a very personal choice and every person has their reasons for making the decision. Dr Norris will focus on your goals, desires and what you hope to achieve from the procedure. He will also discuss any concerns you have and what you would like your nose to look like. Dr Norris will evaluate your nose by assessing your skin tone, the condition of your breathing and bone structure, and the position of your nostrils. He will examine your ct scan and photographs will be taken for your medical records. Dr Norris will discuss how the operation is performed, where the scar will be placed, and what areas need to be focused on. You will then be provided with a detailed quotation, which will provide your options for surgery. If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr Norris will see you again at a second consultation.
How is surgery performed?
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. Once you are asleep Dr Norris will mark out the planned incision (if open rhinoplasty). The nasal skin will be elevated, allowing the underlying framework to be reshaped. This will entail not only repositioning your nasal bones but also altering the shape of your cartilages, in order to produce a fine well defined nose.
Depending upon what was discussed at your pre-operative consultation, additional procedures undertaken to improve your breathing may also be performed at this time. Such procedures include a septoplasty, and or a turbinate reduction procedure. Other adjunctive procedures include alar base narrowing or sill reduction to address nostril flaring. Upon completion of the rhinoplasty procedure, skin closer is performed with delicate fine sutures. A custom made nasal splint will be applied to your nose.
What to expect after Rhinoplasty
The importance of after-care in the recovery process cannot be overstated. Dr Norris emphasises the importance of taking good care of yourself following a rhinoplasty procedure to ensure that your body has time to heal and look its best.
That being said, most patients undergoing rhinoplasty surgery at Form and Face are able to return to work within 12-14 days after their procedure.
- Immediately After Surgery – Pain, swelling, and bruising are all common after surgery. Some patients go home immediately after rhinoplasty surgery while others stay in hospital overnight. Following your procedure, you should rest in a semi-upright position to help you stay as comfortable as possible and minimise swelling. Should you remain in hospital, you will be given pain medication as needed. You will be attended to and cared for to ensure that you feel comfortable and secure during your recovery.
- The First Few Days After Rhinoplasty Surgery – When you return home, you will continue to take your prescribed medication as required. You may expect to feel sore and fatigued for several days, so be sure to schedule enough time for rest. Dr Norris will advise that you sleep with your head elevated with 3 pillows to reduce swelling in the first week.
- The First Few Weeks Following Rhinoplasty Surgery – The recovery time period for rhinoplasty surgery depends on whether you have required a surgical break to correct a large hump or wide nose. Most Form and Face rhinoplasty surgery patients return to normal activities within 2 weeks. Dr Norris cautions active patients to avoid any contact sports for several months.
Rhinoplasty surgery carries the same risks as any surgery, including risks for complications from Anaesthesia. Beyond these risks, Dr Norris lets patients at Form and Face know about some other risks:Your nose may remain swollen and sensitive to the touch for up to 3 months or longer. Dr Norris recommends that his rhinoplasty surgery patients avoid any strenuous activities that could raise pulse and blood pressure.
- Bleeding – post operative bleeds are very rare, however if this occurs you must return to the hospital immediately.
- Prolonged swelling – Rhinoplasty has the longest recovery when referring to swelling. We can only advise to be patient and trust the surgeon’s advice. Excess swelling though can be managed by steroid injections into the swollen area.
- Breathing issues– Though all surgeons take the utmost care in correcting your aesthetic look, on the rare occasion this can affect the functional side of your nose. If you are a revisional rhinoplasty the risks are increased.