Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

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Nothing impacts your face more than the shape and size of your nose. If you are not happy with the way your face looks, Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is possibly the most well-known and most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedure. Many correct their features after their nose is damaged through sporting injuries or accidents or simply to realign facial symmetry.

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I usually recommend that patients wait until they are at least 14 or 15, and possibly older for boys, before undergoing rhinoplasty. This is because the nose may not be fully developed at a younger age. If you are a teen, I would like to be certain that you have thought carefully about surgery and that the desire to change your appearance is based on your own feelings rather than those of your parents or friends.

Assuming you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped.

Rhinoplasty is sometimes performed in conjunction with a facelift or other rejuvenate surgery to correct ageing changes of the nose such as a drooping tip. Sometimes certain breathing

Problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected at the same time as nose reshaping is performed. I will be able to help you determine whether these structures should be modified along with reshaping your nose.

Are you a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty are:

Your nose appears too large for your face

· There is a bump on the nasal bridge when viewed in profile
· Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
· The nasal tip droops or plunges
· The tip is thickened or enlarged
· Your nostrils are excessively flared
· Your nose is off-center or crooked
· Previous injury has made your nose asymetrical
It is important that you have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look and, at the same time, realize that there are limitations to the procedure. Patients with sufficient physical and emotional maturity who undergo rhinoplasty because they want to enhance their self-image are usually very satisfied with their decision.

All these pictures are actual patients of Dr. Humayun done in Pakistan

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Nose Reshaping Surgery Facts 

  • Nose reshaping is the second most popular cosmetic male surgery at The Harley Medical Group.
  • Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
  • The operation takes around 2 hours and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.
  • The procedure will not affect the appearance of the skin at all.
  • No visible scars can be seen.
  • Our Surgeons can correct the size and shape of the nose.
  • Correct minor breathing issues caused by an injury.
  • Reshaping the nose can improve the appearance of the whole face

The procedure for nose reshaping surgery

  • The size, shape and length of the nose can all be altered through a nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) operation.
  • The scars are usually all internal and therefore not visible.
  • If the nostrils are to be reduced, there will be minimal scarring which is well hidden in the nostril crease.
  • The lower part of the nose is made up of cartilage and if your nose tip needs to be reduced, a part of this cartilage will be removed without visible scarring
  • If your nose is deviated or bent you may be offered a septo-rhinoplasty to straighten the nose
  • At consultation your Cosmetic Surgeon will examine your nose and advise you on the most appropriate procedure for you

What to expect from nose reshaping surgery?

  • Increased self-confidence from a new profile – patients often say they are happy to have photos taken of themselves with their new nose and new found confidence!
  • Increased self esteem.
  • Harmony of appearance and correct the asymmetry of your facial features.
  • Correction of sporting injuries.

Recovery from nose reshaping surgery

  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) usually requires an overnight stay in hospital.
  • It is surprisingly pain-free, very few patients experience any pain only a little discomfort.
  • After surgery scars are rarely visible as the incisions are made internally.
  • You will need to wear a small plaster dressing (splint) for about seven to ten days following your operation. This will help stabilise the new nose shape and also protect you from any accidental knocks or bumps.

How Rhinoplasty is Performed

Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from rhinoplasty. My goal is to obtain the best possible results for you.

Where are the rhinoplasty incisions placed?

Alterations may be made to increase or decrease the nasal bridge, reduce the size or width of the nose, narrow the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip, or reshape the tip. The surgical techniques employed will depend primarily on the goals established by you and myself. In many instances, all of the incisions will be placed inside your nose, where they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small wedges of skin at the base of the nostrils will be removed. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease where the nostril joins the cheek. Most of the times a very short incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella. This technique is called an “open rhinoplasty.” Whatever incisions are used to reshape your nose, they will ultimately be very inconspicuous.

How is my plastic surgeon able to reshape my nose?

Through the small incisions, work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the framework of your nose. Sometimes, the position of certain bones may need to be altered slightly in order to make your nose look narrower and straighter. If your nose needs to be built up in some areas, this can be done using nasal cartilage, or perhaps bone or cartilage from another site. The skin and soft tissues then redrape themselves over this new “scaffolding.”

Understanding Risks

Fortunately, significant complications from rhinoplasty are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people have their noses reshaped, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.

The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and myself.

Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection and reactions to anesthesia. Numbness of the skin following rhinoplasty may occur but is usually temporary. Occasionally, if the surgical outcome needs further improvement, additional surgery may be necessary.

You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after your surgery.

How should I prepare for surgery?

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions. If your rhinoplasty will be performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery

What will the day of surgery be like?

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in most instances. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. There may be some discomfort, but this can be controlled by medication which you may continue taking at home. Depending on the surgical technique used, a splint may have been placed on the bridge of your nose for the purpose of holding the tissues in place until they have stabilized. The splint will protect your nose while you sleep and shield it from accidental bumps. Frequently, you may also have a small triangular bandage beneath the tip of your nose. Packing or soft internal splints are sometimes used inside the nostrils, especially if work has been done to improve your breathing. You probably will be permitted to go home after a few hours, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.

How will I look initially?

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. The first couple of days after surgery, you should restrict your activities and sleep with your head elevated. This will help to minimize swelling and reduce the possibility of minor bleeding, which is not uncommon. Remember, you must not take aspirin. Use ice packs to reduce swelling. Generally, bruising around the eyes and cheeks is most apparent during the first three days following surgery. Most discoloration will disappear within a week. A few days after surgery, you can begin to use makeup as a concealer, if desired. Noticeable swelling may last for several weeks. Minor residual swelling, most frequently affecting the nasal tip, may continue for many months, but generally this should not be apparent to others. If packing was used, it will either dissolve by itself or be removed three to seven days after surgery. Stitches may also be removed at that time. You may need to continue wearing the nasal splint for up to a week, during which time you should avoid getting it wet.

When can I resume my normal activities?

Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you may be able to return to work within a week or ten days after surgery. Most normal activities including exercise can usually be resumed within three weeks. It will be a few months before you can expose your reshaped nose to direct sunlight. Your nose will be sensitive during this time, and you must be conscientious about using a sunblock to protect your skin. If the bones of your nose were altered, it may be a number of weeks before you can wear glasses without special support such as tape.

Results of Your Rhinoplasty

The goal of rhinoplasty is a nose that looks natural and blends harmoniously with your other facial features. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait up to one year to see the final results of your rhinoplasty. You are likely, however, to begin enjoying your new look within weeks of your surgery. Occasionally, a touchup may be desired to further improve the results. If this is the case, the additional procedure is usually less extensive than the original operation.

How long will the results last?

In most instances, the results of rhinoplasty are permanent, except for possible changes associated with the normal aging process.

Maintaining a Relationship with Your Plastic Surgeon

You will return to my office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact me.

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