As one of the focal points of your facial appearance, an overly large, crooked or disproportionate nose can be a source of discomfort.
Nose reshaping or rhinoplasty, can be successfully combined with a number of other procedures to enhance the overall visual appeal of the face, and is commonly used in conjunction with chin augmentation.
Whether a large or small issue of reshaping or restructuring, there are numerous ways in which to address the process of achieving the perfect nose for the effect that you ultimately want and need to feel confident and happy within your body.
What a rhinoplasty involves
Rhinoplasty is typically conducted over a period of an hour, to an hour and a half, depending on the nature of the procedure and whether other areas of the face are having combined treatments.
Working from the inside or outside of the nose, your Ashbury Cosmetics doctor can modify the feature of the nose with a bump being effectively reduced or completely removed, the sides of the nose can be brought together, the tip can be narrower and the tip can also be made smaller or lifted.
The nostrils may need to be reduced in size which may result in a small incision on either side of the nose which will gradually fade over time. For nose implants the doctor makes an incision within or outside the nose into which the implant is slid into position and sutured into place. The minimal incisions are then sutured closed.
Post-operative care involves the wearing of a small plaster cast which is placed on the nose and worn for around seven days for protection. A gauze drip pad is affixed below the nose under the nostrils and should be changed if it becomes soiled. In some cases, a nasal pack may be inserted into the nose to support the inside.
Typically healing time is considered to be around 2 to 4 weeks, when normal activity including some sporting activity can be undertaken. Strenuous or highly physical sports which involve bodily contact, such as football or wrestling are not advised for 2 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions, we have been asked by patients prior to undergoing the procedure:
As with any surgical procedures, rhinoplasty does carry some risks. Some patients have temporarily lost their sense of smell—it does eventually return and this is not a common occurrence. Other risks are that your nose may not heal correctly or your body might have adverse reactions.
Once the surgery has been complete you will have a pressure dressing placed over your eyes and a gauze pad beneath your nose to catch blood and mucous. Your surgeon will let you know when you can remove the pressure dressing: usually it’s after 2 hours.
Your nose will be sensitive for around a month to a month and a half. However, most patients report no serious pain or discomfort.
Immediately after surgery your nose will be swollen, however you will still be able to see the difference. The swelling starts to go down about a week after the cast is removed. Full results may not be visible for 6 to 12 months post-surgery.
Many younger people have enquired about rhinoplasty. For boys this procedure cannot be performed any earlier than 15 and girls 13. This is because girls mature physically faster than boys do. If you are unsure, talk to one of our expert, friendly cosmetic surgeons about your suitability for this treatment.