Rhinoplasty

What is rhinoplasty?   

Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure to correct nasal deformities.

How should a successful rhinoplasty be?

Firstly, your breathing must improve functionally. Visually, it shouldn’t be apparent that you had an operation. The pleasant change in your appearance should be noticed but not directly linked to your nose.

The operation should be permanent and the resulting favorable alterations should not disappear for many years.

How long does the rhinoplasty procedure take?

The length of the procedure varies between 2.5 to 3 hours.

Is there any bruising and swelling after rhinoplasty and how long would it last for?

Most of the bruising disappears within the first week depending on various factors like the experience of the surgeon, the surgical methods and tools utilized, your skin tone and sensitivity of your tissues. The remaining bruising completely disappears in 2 – 3 weeks. A large part of the edema and swelling is reduced in the first month but for it to completely disappear and for the nose to take its final shape may take 6 months. In patients with thicker skin property, it may take even longer.

Is rhinoplasty performed open (with incision) or closed?

The method of surgery varies depending on the preference and experience of the surgeon and the structure of your nose. The difference is that in open rhinoplasty there is an incision mark of 5-6 mm which almost completely heals in the long term.

Does rhinoplasty also treat breathing problems?

Rhinoplasty addresses cosmetic problems as well as septum deviation.

How old do you have to be to have a rhinoplasty?

All individuals who have completed their bone growth can undergo rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty can be performed starting from 16 – 17 years of age in women and 17 – 18 years of age in men.

What kind of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?

The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia.

How long do you need to stay in the hospital after rhinoplasty?

The patient is usually admitted for 1 day and discharged the next day.

How long is the external splint kept on for?

The traditional nasal casts have been replaced with lightweight, comfortable thermal splints which are removed after one week.

How long does it take to get back to work?

After one week the splint is removed and you can get back to work with a nasal tape.

How is the use of glasses after the surgery?

For 2-3 months, you are advised not to use glasses and if possible switch to contact lenses during this period until your nose takes its final shape.

Which season of the year is more suitable for having a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be performed in all seasons.

What are the chances of having to undergo a second intervention (revision) rhinoplasty?

While occasional touch ups may be needed, the rate of re-operation worldwide is 3-5%.

Can rhinoplasty and other surgical procedures be performed concurrently?

Yes, procedures like chin reshaping, oculoplastic surgery, ear reshaping, botox and filler injections can all be performed concurrently with rhinoplasty.  

What kind of tampons are used after rhinoplasty?

Instead of the outdated tampons that used to completely block the airway, we now use soft silicon tampons that allow you to breathe. The tampons are removed within 2-5 days as deemed appropriate by your surgeon.