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Rhinoplasty, also commonly known as a nose job or nose reshaping, is one of the most impactful cosmetic procedures and can bring life-changing confidence to patients. A Rhinoplasty procedure refines the nose by surgically reshaping the bone, tissue, and cartilage or by inserting grafts or implants into the nose.
It is not uncommon for a patient’s nose to lack symmetry, have a slight bump or to have a deviated septum. Many people wish to have rhinoplasty as they feel self-conscious and feel that the nose they have inherited or injured is disproportionate or has unsightly bumps.
Our expert MYA surgeons can reshape the bridge, tip, septum, nostrils, and overall profile of the nose to enhance the appearance and create a smaller more proportionate nose. Whilst surgical techniques are advanced, there are medical limitations as to how much the nose can be altered. Each patient will be advised on the specific changes that can be performed and manage expectations of what results can be achieved during their surgeon consultation.
There are several reasons why a patient might consider rhinoplasty surgery:
There are two common rhinoplasty techniques, open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty, the technique performed, is determined on the patient’s physical requirements and the surgeon’s preference.
Bridge – If the bridge of the nose is being operated on, the surgeon removes the bone and cartilage that is causing ‘the hump’. The nose may then be broken to allow the remaining pieces of bone to be moved closer together, resulting in the narrowing of the nose.
Tip – When the tip of the nose is operated on, the cartilage that make up the tip-support needs to be partly removed or reshaped. This is done through the nostril, or by making a small cut in the bit of skin between the nostrils.
Length – A surgeon can adjust and reduce the central structure of the nose, known as the septum, to help shrink the tip and reduce the overall length of the nose. Adjustment to the tip cartilages also helps adjust nasal length.
Width - By breaking and repositioning the side nasal bone, a surgeon can also reduce the width of the nose and achieve a narrower appearance.
Each individual is different, a rhinoplasty is not a ‘one size fits all’ procedure. Our specialist MYA surgeons will consider factors such as, the patient’s facial features, the size of the nose, the skin quality, the patient’s age, past medical history, and their desired outcome. After thorough assessment, the surgeon will recommend the best treatment plan for them and discuss the risks, limitations and benefits of rhinoplasty surgery.
A rhinoplasty procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between 1- 2 hrs depending on the patient’s requirements. The surgery can be performed as a day case, or the patient may be required to stay overnight to recover in one of our MYA hospitals.
Patients are advised to take 7-10 days off work following a rhinoplasty procedure and attend post-operative nurse appointments at one of our MYA clinical hubs. The nose cast will be removed by a MYA nurse at around 10 days post-op, depending on the surgeon’s advice.
After surgery, patients may experience some pain and discomfort. It is common for there to be some nasal congestion causing difficulty with breathing through the nose during the first week or so, this should improve once the nasal passage clears, the cast is removed and swelling reduces. Pain relief will be provided to ease discomfort.
Bruising and swelling will not be restricted to the nose and can affect the whole face, this is normal following a rhinoplasty procedure. Swelling should gradually start to subside after 7-14 days, patients should expect the changes to the nose to be apparent, once swelling has reduced. The healing will evolve over days, weeks and months but it can take up to 1 year post-op to see the final result.
*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
Thinking of a nose job? View our nose job before and after examples to see some of the amazing work that MYA's surgeons do. Hopefully in these rhinoplasty before and after examples you'll be able to see someone similar to yourself to get an idea of what your result could be. When you attend your initial eConsult, your eConsult advisor will share the exclusive MYA before and after hub with you, where you'll be able to see many more surgeon-specific photos. Please bear in mind that all of MYA's photos are taken at 6 weeks post-op and scarring will continue to fade for up to a year.
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