Is Rhinoplasty Surgery the Right Choice for You?

The nose is one of the most prominent features of the face and if you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose it can have a negative effect on your self-esteem. You might feel that your nose does not complement the shape of your face, and a slight alteration would be able to address the issue. In some cases, individuals could have trouble breathing through the nose because of a deformity or injury. Rhinoplasty surgery (Nose Job) seeks to address these issues as it is able to change the size and shape of the nose, whether the purpose is cosmetic or reconstructive.

Rhinoplasty Procedure (Nose Job)

Before the day of your surgery, you will need to have a number of consultations with your surgeon. During these sessions, your surgeon will enquire about your expected results and establish precisely what you wish to change. Your surgeon will take into account the shape of your face and consider your facial features, which they will then use to make recommendations. Your surgeon will make it clear to you if they feel that your expectations are unrealistic. Similarly, they will tell you if they think that your desired shape or size would not match the rest of your face.

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and patients are either sedated or administered general anaesthesia, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation. The procedure can be performed in two ways: open surgery or closed surgery. If the incisions are made inside the nostril it is considered a closed procedure, with the incision being somewhat hidden. When an incision is made across the tissue that separates the nostrils it is considered an open procedure as the incisions are more visible.

After the incision is made, a surgeon is able to access the nasal bones and cartilage of the nose. Depending on the desired results, your surgeon will either add or remove bone and cartilage to increase or reduce the size of the nose. Cartilage from the septum and ear can be used to alter the shape and size of the nose. If a patient has trouble breathing, as is the case with a deviated septum, a surgeon will correct the septum or remove tissue fragments to improve breathing.

Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery (Nose Job)

As with any surgery, patients should refrain from strenuous activity for a period of time. You should also avoid putting pressure on the surgery site, for example by blowing the nose or by pulling tight clothing over the nose. There will be a fair amount of swelling, of which the majority should subside within a few weeks. Patients should not use ice packs to reduce swelling as this could lead to complications.

Contact Centurion Day Hospital if you have any questions regarding rhinoplasty surgery (Nose Job) or if you wish to book a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons. Feel free to browse our website for more information on all of the procedures performed at our hospital.


What can you Expect from Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is able to alter the shape and size of a patient’s nose. This procedure is also commonly referred to as a nose job and it involves the modification of the bones, cartilage and skin of the nose. Patients often consider rhinoplasty because they are unhappy with the appearance of their noses. Some might feel that their nose is too big or that it does not match the shape of their face. This procedure is indeed able to address these issues, but it can also be performed to improve the nasal functions of individuals. Patients with breathing problems and those that have experienced trauma to their nose could see these issues resolved by the surgery. 

Rhinoplasty Procedure

The bridge of the nose is made up of bone with the lower part of the nose consisting of mostly cartilage. Rhinoplasty does not have a standard procedure as each patient’s needs can be quite different. This means that each surgery is customised to a certain degree, in order to achieve results that are specific to each patient. The procedure can be performed from within the nose opening or by making a small incision at the base of the nose. 

Depending on the desired result, a surgeon will usually alter the shape of either the nasal bones or cartilage and in some cases both, to change the shape and structure of the nose. Surgeons might have to use bone and cartilage from different areas of the body if there is not enough material available in the nose to complete the procedure. 

Rhinoplasty Consultation

The consultation with your doctor before rhinoplasty will be quite extensive because of the dynamic nature of the surgery. A patient that is experiencing trouble breathing due to a deviated septum will require a procedure that is slightly different from someone that wants to reduce the size of their nose. This is why it is important to be specific about your expected results during your consultation, to ensure that your doctor is able to properly plan their approach to the surgery. 

The surgeon will take your wishes into consideration and assess your facial structure to develop a customised surgery plan which will deliver results that complement the other facial features. Your medical history and physical health will play a large role in determining whether or not you are a suitable candidate for surgery and honesty is essential during consultations with your doctor.

Centurion Day Hospital is well equipped to perform rhinoplasty surgery at our facility in Gauteng. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions regarding the procedure. If you are considering surgery you are encouraged to fill in our pre-admission form online. This helps to speed up the process and can be done from the comfort of your home at any time.