Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that can completely reshape your face. The nose is the central feature of the face and plays a key role in facial proportion. Any abnormalities will affect the overall look of the face, and changing the nose’s shape or size to bring it into balance with the rest of the face can be a life-changing event — both psychologically and physically.
What Can Rhinoplasty Do?
Rhinoplasty surgery adds proportion, improving overall facial harmony. Surgery may also be performed to remove deviations that have been caused by a congenital disability or injury in the nose.
Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose to balance it with other facial features. There are two main techniques, open (incision made at the base of the nose) and closed (incisions inside the nose) that can change the size of the nose, narrow the nostrils, remove a hump, change the angle and refine the tip.
What Happens During Surgery?
During rhinoplasty surgery in Brisbane, incisions are usually made inside the nose or between the nostrils. To minimise nose size, some cartilage in the middle of the nose is removed until the wanted size is achieved. To build up the nose, bone and cartilage may be added to increase its size. Changing the tip or bridge and the nose angle is achieved by reshaping the cartilage and soft tissue. Nostril span is narrowed via small incisions at the base of each nostril.
After anaesthesia is administered, incisions are made inside the nasal cavity and often at the base of the nose. The skin of the nose is then separated from its framework of cartilage and bone. The surgeon will sculpt the cartilage and bone into the desired shape and replace the skin. The incisions are sutured closed, and a cast or splint is applied to help the nose maintain its form and expedite healing. The procedure takes approximately two hours.
Nasal packing, in which gauze or cotton packs are applied to the nasal chambers, is used to support the new structure and prevent bleeding. The packing is typically removed within 48 hours after surgery.
Most patients see some mild to moderate discomfort after rhinoplasty for a few days. Any pain can be controlled through medication prescribed by the surgeon. Swelling starts to resolve more slowly after that. The majority of swelling disappears after around two months, and the rest slowly goes over the next year, when final results become apparent.
Different Types of Procedures
Open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty are the two types of rhinoplasty procedures available.
During an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella. This results in an excellent, well-concealed scar that usually fades over time. The surgeon will help the patient decide which is most suitable.
Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions on the inside of the nose. Although this results in no visible scarring, the procedure offers less visibility of the inside of the nose and is typically not possible for more complex cases.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses fillers to correct small external nasal deformities, depressions, asymmetries, collapsed nasal bridges and saddle noses.
A relatively quick procedure, non-surgical rhinoplasty requires no anaesthesia and involves no downtime. Most fillers will leave a residual redness and slight tenderness for up to a few days and patients can expect slight bruising and swelling.
Types of Rhinoplasty
- Reduction rhinoplasty is the most common procedure to address size, proportion and balance.
- Post-traumatic rhinoplasty is performed as a result of a nasal injury where the supporting bone or cartilage have been damaged.
- Ethnic rhinoplasty takes into consideration the particular characteristics of your ethnicity.
- Augmentation rhinoplasty increases the nose’s dimensions by adding structural material or grafts for aesthetic and functional indications.
Results of rhinoplasty are not immediate. The nose becomes more refined with better definition with time and may take up to a year for final results. Most patients can expect to return to work within a week or two.
Benefits of this procedure can range from improved breathing to enhanced appearance and self-confidence. Rhinoplasty can offer subtle or dramatic changes to a person’s appearance. Often even a small change in the shape and position of the nose can create a significant difference to overall facial aesthetics.
Although techniques for any rhinoplasty surgery may differ, as well as the patient’s desired results and the surgeon’s personal preference, there is no doubt that a well-performed rhinoplasty will reshape and improve an appearance.