Having a “nose job” permanently alters the look of your face so, as with all types of cosmetic surgery, you need to think carefully before going ahead. Saying that, if you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose, having cosmetic surgery could help you to feel better every time you look in the mirror and people who have Rhinoplasty often say it is the best thing they ever did.
Rhinoplasty can be used to:
- Straighten a crooked or humped nose
- Reshape the nose tip
- Narrow the nostrils
- Change the size of the nose
- Correct functional problems such as breathing difficulties caused by injury
What happens during and after surgery?
During surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will make cuts to the inside of your nose and the skin between the nostrils. The skin of your nose will be carefully lifted off the bone and cartilage underneath to allow the nose structure to be reshaped. Once the desired shape has been achieved, the tissue and skin is draped over the nose structure and a splint is placed around it to hold it in place as it heals.
After surgery, you will be given injections of local anaesthetic to control the pain. Your nose will feel blocked as a result of swelling and dressings used. Bruising is common after 24 hours around the nose and lower eyelids. You will be advised to rest and sleep sitting up to assist with the healing process.
Who is it suitable for?
People who have a nose job tend to fall into one of two groups – either they have had a trauma or illness which has affected the shape of their nose or they are unhappy with the nose that nature gave them at birth.
What to consider
So, what are the factors to consider before going ahead with rhinoplasty?
As with all types of surgery, there is a risk of infection, bleeding or a bad reaction to the anaesthetic. There are also some risks that are specific to rhinoplasty. You may experience nosebleeds, numbing, or breathing difficulties. This type of surgery can also increase the risk of scarring or an asymmetrical nose. Always ask to see examples of a surgeon’s work before you go ahead. Your surgeon will talk to you about the risks.
Ask yourself what you are expecting from having a nose job and whether it is what you really want. It is a big decision to have cosmetic surgery and you need to be certain that you will be happy to live with a new nose. Your surgeon will discuss what you are expecting from having cosmetic surgery.
3. What do you want your nose to look like?
You may have a clear idea about how you don’t want your nose to look but do you know how you do want it to look? You will have an opportunity to discuss with your surgeon in detail what you would like to achieve. Your surgeon will advise you on the best shape and size of nose to suit your face.
4. The best time to have surgery
You will need to take around a week off work when you have a nose job and stay indoors away from dust and cigarette smoke. You should avoid bending, stooping, straining, blowing your nose and if possible. Avoid sporting activity for four to six weeks.
Rhinoplasty – Surrey & Berkshire
You should always ensure you take time to choose carefully and fully explore all the options before going ahead with any cosmetic surgery, including Rhinoplasty.
An initial consultation is the first step to finding out if it is the right decision for you.
Mr Alok Misra will discuss your options and find out about your reasons for considering the procedure.
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