A rhinoplasty is a nose reshaping procedure. The nose is made up of skin, subcutaneous soft tissue, a muscle layer, cartilaginous support and underlying bony structure. The rhinoplasty is a unique operation as it encompasses both functional and aesthetic considerations. It is also unique because the operation is different for each person.
During your appointment, the 3-D camera will be used to analyse your face including nose, chin, and cheek proportions.
The 3-D camera will then model different possible surgery outcomes.
*the hump can be reduced or narrowed
* the bridge of the nose height can be increased
*the tip can be refined and narrowed
* the tip can be lifted
* the septum can be straightened
* the middle third can be bolstered to help with breathing
How has this operation changed?
In the 1970 and 80s, rhinoplasty was mostly a reductive operation. The focus was on narrower noses and “the ski slope” look. These may look great initially, but with time, the weak structural support led to warping of the results. Particularly the inverted “v” deformity. This sometimes resulted in a narrower airway and difficulty breathing. The focus now is much more on reconstruction of the nose. Repair of the deviated septum, building up of cartilage in the middle third to provide strong structural support and maintain longevity of the results. Newer techniques, such as onlay of a cartilage matrix, also helps the nose heal with better contour and shape. We also recognise that the inferior turbinate may need to be reduced to improve breathing.
How can I prepare for surgery?
- Eat healthily by avoid excessively fatty foods and foods high in sugar.
- Stop smoking as this significantly increases complications rates. You cannot smoke for 6 weeks prior and 6 weeks after surgery.
- Stop all blood thinners unless previously discussed with Dr Hadi. Please stop any over the counter medications that might thin the blood.
- Shower the night before or the morning of surgery with a medicated soap. These reduce the bacteria living on the skin and there is evidence it reduces chance of infection.
- Fast (do not eat anything) at least 6 hours prior to surgery. You will be given this time from Kareena Hospital.
How long will the operation take?
How long will I stay in hospital?
Do I need a splint?
What about the sutures?
What about scar management?
When can I shower?
When can I drive?
When can I go back to work?
When can I exercise?
Best Plastic Surgical outcomes
- Do not smoke for at least six weeks after surgery.
- Keep the nose splint in place, both external and internal if used.
- Avoid nose blowing.
- Keep the head elevated after surgery.
- Sleep on your back on two pillows.
- Avoid heavy exercise and lifting for at least 4 weeks.
- Avoid pain killers which contain antiplatelet agents. Please check with us prior to taking medication not prescribed by us.
- Come back for regular review as detailed in the next section to ensure your healing is progressing at each stage.