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What is rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery, or as it’s more commonly known “nose job” surgery, is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures worldwide for both men and women. The procedure itself allows the patient to change any aspect of their nose, from the bridge to the nostrils and even the gap between the nose and upper lip.

There are two forms of rhinoplasty surgery and these are known as reduction rhinoplasty and augmentation rhinoplasty. As the name says, reduction rhinoplasty is the procedure to make the nose smaller and the surgeon will generally make the necessary cuts inside the nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage required which results in minimal scarring, although in some cases it may require external cuts across the nostrils to reach the desired goals. On the other hand, an augmentation rhinoplasty is the procedure of making the nose larger and in many cases, this requires the addition of extra bone (from the elbow, rib, skull or hip) or cartilage (from the ears) as a graft to achieve the desired shape. It doesn’t matter which form of rhinoplasty surgery you are planning on having, you will be asked a series of questions to help the surgeon create the perfect shape for your new nose.

The procedure itself is performed under general anaesthetic and dependent on the method used, the scarring is mainly internal and will not be visible (unless and external cuts have been made to the nose).

What is rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery, or as it’s more commonly known “nose job” surgery, is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures worldwide for both men and women. The procedure itself allows the patient to change any aspect of their nose, from the bridge to the nostrils and even the gap between the nose and upper lip.

There are two forms of rhinoplasty surgery and these are known as reduction rhinoplasty and augmentation rhinoplasty. As the name says, reduction rhinoplasty is the procedure to make the nose smaller and the surgeon will generally make the necessary cuts inside the nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage required which results in minimal scarring, although in some cases it may require external cuts across the nostrils to reach the desired goals. On the other hand, an augmentation rhinoplasty is the procedure of making the nose larger and in many cases, this requires the addition of extra bone (from the elbow, rib, skull or hip) or cartilage (from the ears) as a graft to achieve the desired shape. It doesn’t matter which form of rhinoplasty surgery you are planning on having, you will be asked a series of questions to help the surgeon create the perfect shape for your new nose.

The procedure itself is performed under general anaesthetic and dependent on the method used, the scarring is mainly internal and will not be visible (unless and external cuts have been made to the nose).

What should you expect with a rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery is now one of the most popular surgical procedures that is performed worldwide thanks to it’s ability to give patients renewed confidence in their own faces and skin. However, it is a permanent change to your face so it’s important that you think through everything that could have an affect on the surgery and ensure that you do your research beforehand. Some of the more frequently asked rhinoplasty surgery questions that we get asked are below.

As with any other surgery, rhinoplasty has a few complications associated with it and some of the more notable complications are difficulty when breathing, nose bleeds, a change to your sense of smell and damage to the internal cartilage wall of the septum. It’s important to note that while some patients will experience one or more of these complications, others will experience none of them.

It’s entirely possible that undergoing a rhinoplasty surgery can affect your voice, however the changes are normally incredibly subtle and will only be picked up by a trained listener. If you are reliant in your voice for professional reasons, such as being a voice actor, then please discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation.

The nose is not broken during rhinoplasty surgery and instead it is actually cut, this procedure is known as an osteotomy. An osetotome is the tool used to carry out this procedure and it is used to perform very precise cuts to alter the appearance of the bone within the nose, giving it a narrower or straighter result.

Your nose actually stops growing at around age 16, so by this time your shouldn’t notice any more drastic changes to the appearance of your nose without altering it yourself or having any damage caused to it. After a rhinoplasty surgery, your results will be permanent provided that you don’t want to undergo another surgery or suffer an unexpected break to the nose.

After the surgery, you may encounter a few side-effects for a little while that include soreness, swelling and bruising (which can be very prominent around the eyes), stiffness and numbness around the tip of the nose, difficulty when breathing through your nose associated with the swelling, light nose bleeds and sensitivity to the sun so we advise wearing strong sunscreen (especially on the nose) for at least 6 months following the operation.

If your sinus issues are in relation to allergies then rhinoplasty will not be able to help, but due to the fact the surgery changes the shape of your nose it is possible that it can help you to breathe easier (depending on the surgery you have opted for).

Everybody can opt for a rhinoplasty surgery and for those with glasses, we advise taping them to your forehead instead of resting them on the bridge of your nose for a few weeks following your surgery to avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on the bridge of the nose.

What should you expect with a rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery is now one of the most popular surgical procedures that is performed worldwide thanks to it’s ability to give patients renewed confidence in their own faces and skin. However, it is a permanent change to your face so it’s important that you think through everything that could have an affect on the surgery and ensure that you do your research beforehand. Some of the more frequently asked rhinoplasty surgery questions that we get asked are below.

As with any other surgery, rhinoplasty has a few complications associated with it and some of the more notable complications are difficulty when breathing, nose bleeds, a change to your sense of smell and damage to the internal cartilage wall of the septum. It’s important to note that while some patients will experience one or more of these complications, others will experience none of them.

It’s entirely possible that undergoing a rhinoplasty surgery can affect your voice, however the changes are normally incredibly subtle and will only be picked up by a trained listener. If you are reliant in your voice for professional reasons, such as being a voice actor, then please discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation.

The nose is not broken during rhinoplasty surgery and instead it is actually cut, this procedure is known as an osteotomy. An osetotome is the tool used to carry out this procedure and it is used to perform very precise cuts to alter the appearance of the bone within the nose, giving it a narrower or straighter result.

Your nose actually stops growing at around age 16, so by this time your shouldn’t notice any more drastic changes to the appearance of your nose without altering it yourself or having any damage caused to it. After a rhinoplasty surgery, your results will be permanent provided that you don’t want to undergo another surgery or suffer an unexpected break to the nose.

After the surgery, you may encounter a few side-effects for a little while that include soreness, swelling and bruising (which can be very prominent around the eyes), stiffness and numbness around the tip of the nose, difficulty when breathing through your nose associated with the swelling, light nose bleeds and sensitivity to the sun so we advise wearing strong sunscreen (especially on the nose) for at least 6 months following the operation.

If your sinus issues are in relation to allergies then rhinoplasty will not be able to help, but due to the fact the surgery changes the shape of your nose it is possible that it can help you to breathe easier (depending on the surgery you have opted for).

Everybody can opt for a rhinoplasty surgery and for those with glasses, we advise taping them to your forehead instead of resting them on the bridge of your nose for a few weeks following your surgery to avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on the bridge of the nose.

1 – 2 hours in surgery

1 – 2 days in hospital

1 day before driving

4-6 weeks before any strenuous exercise

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The minimum age for any consultation or surgical procedure is 18. Certain things, such as becoming pregnant before the surgery, will stop you from being able to proceed forwards from the consultation phase. This will be discussed during your initial consultation.

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