Rhinoplasty (Nose surgery)

This incredibly popular cosmetic procedure is used by surgeons to perform subtle aesthetic enhancement to the shape and size of the tip, nostrils or bridge of the nose. It was developed originally as a plastic surgery technique used to restore the shape of the nose or to help with breathing difficulties after an injury or due to a birth defect. Now, however, it is one of the most-requested plastic surgery procedure. 

There are two types of methods, open and closed, which method is used for you depends on the amount of reshaping you desire. 

Closed Rhinoplasty – Minor reshaping. Many surgeons make incisions within the nose for this method. The skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage and once exposed these can be removed, reshaped, augmented, or rearranged to achieve the desired new shape. After the cartilage and bone have been altered, the nose tissues are re-positioned over the new framework. 

Open Rhinoplasty – Major nose reshaping. The incisions are not made inside the nose. Instead, incisions are made in the vertical strip of skin (the columella) separating the nostrils.  

 

Best Candidates:

The best candidate for rhinoplasty is someone who is:

  • Unhappy about the appearance of their nose, whether it be from an injury or not
  • Displeased with how their nose has aged
  • Past the teenage growth period, which occurs from ages 14 to 15 for girls and somewhat later for boys
  • Seeking improvement not perfection

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to remember that your surgery will not turn you into someone else and you should not rely on your procedure to change your life. If you are considering undergoing a procedure it is imperative you speak to someone you trust, are happy in your life and are simply seeking to enhance your appearance and confidence, rather than looking to completely change who you are. It is equally important you are psychologically ready.

 

Preparing for your Procedure:

It is important to discuss with your doctors and with us any:

  • Medical conditions you have
  • The medication you are taking - prescription, herbal and non-prescription

Once you arrive at your destination you will have a physical evaluation with your surgeon, where you will discuss your goals and concerns where you will finalise the plan for surgery. At this examination your surgeon will determine the best procedure for you and explain it to you in detail, including any limitations - after all, it is important that you head into surgery with realistic goals. It is during this examination that your surgeon will also make recommendations for other procedures. 

In the lead-up to your surgery, it is important you do the following:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and increase the possibility of complications

 

What to Expect:

Length of surgery:

Rhinoplasty normally requires an hour or two in surgery, this all depends on the amount of nose reshaping to be done. While rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, overnight stays in the hospital are also dependent on the amount of reshaping, and the method used. You will be required to stay at least one night in the hospital for an open rhinoplasty.  

Recovery and post-op care:

Once the incisions have been closed soft puffy material may be used inside the nose to maintain the structure of the nasal air passages. An external splint is also applied to help the nose maintain its new shape and offer additional protection during the healing process. This splint is often worn for six to eight days.

After surgery, you can expect your nose area to be bruised, swollen and puffy, this bruising may extend to the eyes and all areas of the face. Common post-surgery instructions include cold compress to reduce swelling, pain medication to reduce discomfort and the elevation of your head for the first 24-hours. Any discomfort after surgery can be lessened with medication that will be prescribed by your surgeon.

After seven days, most of the swelling and bruising should have disappeared and after a few more days all stuffing, splints and post-surgical dressing can be removed. Everyone is different, and it is important to bear this in mind and talk to your surgeon or our team should you have any concerns. There will be internal swelling for a few months, but this will only be noticeable to you and your surgeon. 

These seven days are important for recovery and while you will be moving around within a couple of days it is important to take it easy and relax for a week or so. It is also imperative that you do not bump your nose, which is why the splint is so important. You should also avoid blowing your nose for the first seven days. 
 

Length of stay overseas:

Most surgeons recommend at least 10 nights, during this time you will have regular check-ups. To get the most out of your recovery time we suggest you partake in gentle exercise, yoga classes and treat yourself to some pampering. If you are feeling up to it, there is plenty to see and do in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Other procedures to consider:

Many clients get more than one surgery done to make the most of their trip. After having rhinoplasty it is possible you may want other facial procedures done to balance your face. Possible surgeries include eyelid surgery, cheek and chin augmentation. There are also non-invasive skin treatments available, such as chemical peels or laser which can rejuvenate and refresh your skin's texture and appearance and also minimise lines.

 

Preconditions and risks:

Risks and complications are minimised by using our highly-skilled, trusted doctors and nurses. However, with every precaution taken complications can still occur. These are rare and few patients experience any issues. If you have any concerns about your procedure and the possible preconditions and risks, discuss them with your doctor and nurses.

Potential risks include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Obstruction of nasal airways
  • Undercorrection or overcorrection
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding

It is important to read the general preconditions and risks page before any surgery.

 

The Process:

 

If your nostrils are too wide, the surgeon can remove small wedges of skin from their base, bringing them closer together.
 
Incisions are made inside the nostrils or at the base of the nose, where access to the cartilage and bone allows for sculpting.
 
The hump is removed using a chisel or a rasp, then brings the nasal bones together to form a narrower bridge. Trimming the cartilage reshapes the nose tip.
 

 

The angle between the nose and upper lip is improved after trimming of the septum.
 
The angle between the nose and upper lip is improved after trimming of the septum.
 

 

Procedure Pricing:

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