Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgeries and can be done to alter the appearance of the nose or to improve breathing. The shape of the tip, bridge and nostrils along with the angle between the nose and upper lip can be revised.
Customised plans are developed for each patient with careful consideration as the nose is a complex structure of bone and cartilage and each Rhinoplasty operation has to be tailored to the patient.
The operation is performed by a plastic surgeon or an otolaryngologist (an Ear Nose & Throat specialist). It is particularly effective at repairing deformities from an injury, correcting a birth defect or improving some breathing difficulties.
A surgeon normally readjusts the bone and cartilage through a small incision in the skin or from within the nose. Bone and cartilage can be removed to reduce the size of the bridge of the nose or reduce ‘humps’ on the nose.
Most operations for aesthetic reasons are to reduce the size of the nose but some may require lengthening (augmenting) which is done with other cartilage in the nose or harvested from the ear to build up a graft to create greater volume.
The operation lasts between one and three hours depending on the amount of re-shaping needed and recovery can take up to six months for the swelling to completely go.
Results depend on your age and the condition of your skin and it is important to have a full and open discussion with consultants about what you want to achieve from the operation.