Rhinoplasty is the term given to facial surgery on the nose, so give the nose a different, smaller, or more defined shape. Rhinoplasty is commonly known by its nickname “nose job” and you may have heard it referred to as this before, instead of it’s medical term. 

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure, and people seeking out Rhinoplasty are often unhappy with the shape of their nose, or they’re seeking to repair damage to the nose (from an accident or sports injury). The goal of Rhinoplasty is to give the patient a better shape to their nose, which can mean often involve making the nose smaller, straightening the nose or even evening out tissue around the nose. 

Rhinoplasty Consultations 

Before going ‘under the knife’ you’ll have one or two consultations with your doctor and surgeon to determine what results you’d like to see from your rhinoplasty procedure. Most surgeons will mock up a photograph or sketch of the improvements you’re likely to see. 

The surgeon will also make recommendations based on your feedback, and outline any limitations that your nose, face, or skin might put in place. You’ll also likely take before photos during your consultation too (without makeup) so that you can see the transition once surgery is complete. 

During your consultation your surgeon will also talk about the risks involved, and the various steps to healing and aftercare. 

What is Surgery and Aftercare like for a Rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty is surgery, so it will involve anaesthesia, and patients are asleep when the surgery is conducted. The surgery usually takes between one hour and four hours, depending on the work being done. 

Rhinoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure, which means most patients will go home the same day. However, in some cases patients may decide to stay for one or two nights, to give them any painkillers or assistance they require. 

Many Rhinoplasty patients choose to have additional surgery on their face at the same time (such as face lifts or eye lifts), and in these cases the recovery time is long, and the patient may stop in the hospital or facility for longer too. After your surgery you may see swelling, bruising and experience localised pain in the area. This is obviously completely normal, and you will be provided with pain relief to help with this. 

Patients will start to see their ‘new nose’ after about 2-3 months, once the swelling and bruising has gone down and the skin and surrounding areas have had chance to heal.

Alternatives to Rhinoplasty 

There are non-invasive alternatives to Rhinoplasty, which are becoming more and more popular with people looking to make minor changes to their nose. 

A non-surgical nose job involves injecting filler into strategic points, to even out the shape or balance any bumps or ridges in the nose. 

Non-surgical nose reshaping can last up to 18 months,  is fully reversible, and involves minimal pain and recovery time – so the procedure definitely has advantages over traditional surgery.

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