Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can reshape the nose by removing excess bone and cartilage and altering the support structures. This allows rhinoplasty to correct a crooked or misshapen nose that is out of proportion, as well as change the overall size and shape of the nose. The results will reveal a nose that enhances a patient’s appearance and complements other facial features.
Rhinoplasty is suitable for men and women of all ages, as long as the nose is fully developed. In males, this will be mean that surgery is appropriate from the age of 18 and females from 16 years old. In addition, rhinoplasty can also help to correct nasal difficulties, by modifying the nose structure to promote better breathing and relieve sinus problems.
Prior to undergoing the rhinoplasty procedure, all patients will meet with Dr Scamp to discuss the desired results of the surgery. By examining the nose and taking photographs, Dr Scamp will be able to decide what rhinoplasty incision technique will deliver the best results for each patient.
Open structure rhinoplasty will involve making small incisions across the columella, which is the tissue between the nostrils. This is commonly the favoured technique that is used to correct a twisted or crooked nose, as well as reshaping the tip of the nose.
The closed rhinoplasty technique is often used for simpler structural fixes, such as reducing a dorsal hump on the bridge of the nose or reducing the width of the nostrils. This will involve making small incisions within the nostrils, without external incision sites.
Dr Scamp can also perform a septoplasty during the procedure, which can relieve breathing difficulties caused by nasal blockages. This can be accessed during the consultation process to decide whether the patient would benefit from this procedure.
This is the best time for patients to ask any questions about rhinoplasty and raise any concerns about the procedure. In addition, the risks associated with rhinoplasty will be thoroughly discussed with the patient prior to arranging the surgical procedure.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that will involve patients going under a general anaesthetic, in order to reshape the nose. This will ensure a pain-free and comfortable surgery. Dr Scamp will use the incision technique that was discussed and decided during the rhinoplasty consultation to achieve the desired results, whether that is reducing a dorsal hump or sculpting the nasal tip.
Once the incisions on the nose have been made, any excess cartilage and bone is shaven and reduced, as well as any cartilage repositioned for the desired new shape. The skin is arranged over the altered framework of the nose and all of the incision sites are closed using sutures. If the patient requires septoplasty for nasal blockages, this will also be performed during surgery.
From start to finish, rhinoplasty can take around two to three hours to complete. This will depend on the complexity of the restructuring of the nose, which will vary with every patient.
After surgery, it is normal for patients to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose area, as well as tenderness. Pain relieve can be issued to ensure patient comfort. Patients will also be required to wear a splint over the nose for around seven to ten days. This will help to encourage healthy healing and support the new shape. Female patients can wear makeup after the splint has been removed, if they wish to diminish the appearance of any bruising. Most patients are able to return to their work within one to two weeks of rhinoplasty, as well as resume more strenuous activities within three to four weeks post-surgery.
It can take six to twelve months to see the final results of rhinoplasty, but patients will be able to see an improvement and appreciate the new shape once swelling and bruising has reduced. Due to where the small incision sites are in open structure rhinoplasty, there should be minimal scarring. If patients have undergone closed rhinoplasty, there will be no visible scarring due to the incisions being within the two nostrils.
The results of rhinoplasty will reveal a permanent and natural shape that enhances the appearance of the nose, as well as complete a beautiful symmetry of the face. Any dorsal humps will be diminished, crooked shapes will be corrected and any abnormalities improved. In addition, rhinoplasty can improve the function of the nose and relieve sinus problems and restore better breathing.
If you would like to find out more about rhinoplasty and what it can do for you, you can arrange a consultation with Dr Terrence Scamp today by contacting our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics.
Even minor malformation or asymmetry of the nose can upset an individual’s overall appearance and deflect from other facial features. Due to the location of the nose, an out of proportion or crooked nose is impossible to hide. Luckily, rhinoplasty surgery is available from our experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr Terrence Scamp.
Your nose can be reduced, or built up, by adjusting its supporting structures. This is done either by removing or adding bone cartilage. Your skin and soft tissues will assume their new shape over this ‘scaffolding’.
The overall goal of a nose job is to make adjustments so that it complements your other facial features. Reshaping, generally is done through incisions inside your nose and an incision on the underside of your nose between your nostrils. The resulting scars fade and ultimately should be barely visible.
Deciding on whether or not to have rhinoplasty surgery is a big step, and you will meet with Dr Scamp more than once before surgery. Dr Scamp will examine your nose and measure its shape and size at your consultation. Photographs will be taken of your nose so that you can compare the results of the surgery with your original appearance.
At your meetings, you will have the opportunity to ask Dr Scamp everything you want to know about what will be involved with the procedure. Make sure that you are clear about the benefits, risks, and what to expect after surgery.
The nose can be built up or scaled down by modifying its supporting structures by adding or removing bone cartilage. Patients with breathing issues due to inconsistencies in the inside area of the nose can have modifications done by improving the nasal airway. This can be done at the same time as alterations to the external appearance of your nose. Dr Scamp will operate with another specialist (ENT) surgeon if required.
Rhinoplasty results can either be minor or significant, depending on the type of correction you need. It is important that both you and Dr Scamp agree on the goals of your surgery. As long as your expectations are realistic, Dr Scamp will most likely be able to give you the results you want.
A rhinoplasty should only be administered on a fully developed nose. Total development in males is usually by age 17 or 18 and in females by age 15 or 16. If rhinoplasty surgery is administered before then, the nose will continue to develop which can change the results and likely cause complications.
Post-surgery, it is common to experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. Patients will need to wear a splint over their nose for one week; they can start wearing makeup as soon as the splint is removed to help conceal any bruising. Regular activities will be restricted for only the first couple of days, but it will be two to three weeks before you can start lifting, bending or participating in strenuous activities. Unless your job involves activities that cause elevated blood pressure, you should be able to return to work within 10 days. Minor swelling of the nose may persist for up to a year, but most likely this will not be noticeable to others.
The final results of Rhinoplasty are permanent and worth the wait.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.