What is rhinoplasty surgery?
Nasal re-sculpting surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the nose in order to achieve a better harmony and balance of facial features. A well-proportioned nose draws more attention to the eyes and face overall. The repair of broken noses can also relieve breathing and sinus issues. Being unhappy with your nose can result in a lack of confidence and often patients report they hate having their photo taken – nose surgery can help to alleviate these issues and restore self confidence.
Things to consider when getting a rhinoplasty
Standard ‘Rhinoplasty’ nose surgery usually lasts one to two hours, and is done under general anaesthesia. More complex cases may take longer in theatre. This procedure is very carefully and precisely planned in the aim of delivering the patient with a pleasing result. Every nose is different, and your surgeon will always factor this in to their consulting process to ensure you are fully aware of what changes will be made to your nose.
The incisions from Rhinoplasty surgery are barely visible even with makeup on. Patient’s are required to wear a cast on their nose for around a week, before this is replaced with tapes to protect the area.
Recovery from rhinoplasty
While a result can be seen within two weeks after surgery, healing is a gradual process. The skin must be given time to shrink and adjust to its new framework. How well this is accomplished largely depends on each patient’s healing ability. Nasal tip re-contouring can take up to 12 months to settle, depending on your skin type.
Even for patients with delicate skin, the tip of the nose will always take longer to settle into its new contour than the upper part. Swelling and bruising around the eyes (black eyes) may be present temporarily, but usually clears within ten days. It is recommended patients should take 2-4 weeks off work, to allow time for swelling and bruising to subside. Exercise is to be avoided for around 4 weeks, but light exercise is encouraged after 1 week.
Risks associated with a rhinoplasty operation in Melbourne
There are risks and complications involved with nasal surgery, these are uncommon but can occur. These include, infection, nerve damage, breathing difficulties and anaesthesia complications. All risks should be discussed with your surgeon prior to your procedure.