Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during the rhinoplasty surgery?
Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though, of course, complicated procedures may take longer. The skin of the nose is separated from the supporting bone and cartilage which is sculpted to the desired shape using the technique your surgeon has decided on. The skin is then redraped over the new framework.
Rhinoplasty can be performed from within the nostrils of the nose or by using an ‘open’ procedure where a small incision is added across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. After surgery, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape.
How do I plan my rhinoplasty surgery?
Good communication between you and your botonics surgeon is essential. He or she will ask what you would like your nose to look like, evaluate the structure of your nose and face, and discuss possibilities with you.
Your botonics surgeon will explain the factors that can influence the success of the procedure including the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, your age, and your expectations. He will also explain the techniques and anaesthesia he will use, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, the risks and costs involved, and any options you may have.
Be sure to tell your surgeon if you’ve had any previous nose surgery or an injury to your nose, even if many years ago. You should also inform him or her if you have any allergies or breathing difficulties and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or recreational drugs, and if you smoke. Don’t hesitate to ask our staff any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
It’s important you follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to prepare for surgery. They will cover eating, drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications and washing your face. If you are a smoker, it’s especially important that you stop at least two weeks before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with healing. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed.
The surgery will take place in an operating theatre in one of London’s prestigious private aesthetic hospitals. The surgery itself usually takes from one to two hours under a general anaesthetic. Most clients remain in the hospital overnight. Smaller cases are able to go home on the same day.
Am I a good candidate for Rhinoplasty surgery?
Rhinoplasty can change your appearance moving it closer to your ideal and so improve your self-confidence. However it cannot change your looks completely or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, you must discuss and agree your goals with your botonics surgeon.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are looking for improvement, not perfection. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic, rhinoplasty may be for you.
What are the main risks and complications of rhinoplasty surgery?
As your botonics surgeons are well-qualified and experienced any complications are likely to be minor. However, because individuals vary greatly in their reactions and in their ability to heal, outcomes are never completely predictable.
After surgery, small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin’s surface. Usually these are minor but may be permanent in rare cases. When rhinoplasty is performed from inside the nose, a closed rhinoplasty, there is naturally no visible scarring. And, even when an ‘open’ technique is used, or when the procedure calls for the narrowing of flared nostrils, the small scars at the base of the nose are not usually visible.
Infection, chest or nose infections can be treated or prevented by antibiotics.
Bleeding, a heavy nose bleed that persists shortly after the operation or after a week to 10 days may require further hospital treatment.
Revision surgery, changes in the shape of your nose as scar tissue matures will require further surgery if noticeable. Damage to the septum (the cartilage wall between your nostrils) may leave a hole that may need further surgery to repair.
In about one case out of ten, a second minor procedure may be required, for example, to correct a slight deformity. These relatively rare problems are unpredictable and can happen even to clients in the hands of the most skilled surgeons.
Will I be happy with the results of my rhinoplasty surgery?
After surgery, when your face is bruised and swollen, it’s easy to forget that you will soon be looking better. Naturally many clients feel depressed for a while after plastic surgery – it’s quite normal. Rest assured that this stage will pass.
Day by day, your nose will begin to look better and your spirits will improve. Within a week or two you’ll no longer look as if you’ve just had surgery. Healing is a slow and gradual process, however, and some subtle swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip of your nose – and the final results may not be apparent for a year or more.
Also the reactions of some of your family and friends may be unexpected. They may say they don’t see a major difference in your nose or they may resent the fact that you have changed something they see as a family or ethnic trait. The answer is to keep in mind why you decided to have the surgery. If you’ve met your personal goals, then your surgery is a success.
Can Rhinoplasty help with a deviated septum?
A cosmetic surgical nose job (Rhinoplasty) will do nothing to improve breathing issues. We offer a Septoplasty procedure in such cases.
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