If you have concerns about your nose’s size, shape, symmetry, proportions, or functional problems such as difficulty breathing or nasal deformities, a rhinoplasty can be an effective option to address them.
In this blog, we’ll delve into what a rhinoplasty is, what is involved, what makes someone suitable and what to expect after the procedure.
What is rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to reshape or reconstruct the nose. It is a cosmetic procedure that aims to change the nose’s appearance or improve its functionality.
Rhinoplasty can address various concerns, such as changing the size or shape of the nose, altering the angle between the nose and upper lip, narrowing the nostrils, or correcting structural defects that may affect breathing. The procedure steps are highly personalised and tailored to each patient’s needs.
During a rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon may make incisions inside the nostrils or across the base of the nose, known as an open rhinoplasty. The surgeon can access the underlying bone and cartilage through these incisions to reshape the nose. Sometimes, the surgeon may remove or rearrange cartilage and bone; occasionally, they may also use tissue grafts to achieve the desired result. Once the reshaping is complete, the incisions are closed, and a splint or nasal packing typically supports the nose to aid healing.
The procedure can be both cosmetic and functional, depending on your needs. In some cases, it may be performed to correct structural issues that affect breathing or to address nasal trauma or deformities resulting from accidents or congenital disabilities.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty, it’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific needs, discuss the potential risks and benefits, and help you determine whether it’s the right option for you. Dr Scamp is a plastic surgeon who can perform effective rhinoplasty procedures in the Gold Coast area. If you feel that you’d benefit from the system after reading through this blog, please get in touch with our team to book your consultation.
Who is a suitable candidate for the procedure?
A suitable candidate for rhinoplasty is typically an individual who has specific concerns about the appearance or functionality of their nose.
Individuals dissatisfied with their noses’ size, shape, symmetry, or proportion may consider rhinoplasty to improve their appearance. Common aesthetic concerns include a hump on the nasal bridge, a bulbous or drooping nasal tip, wide nostrils, or a deviated septum.
Rhinoplasty can also be performed to address functional problems that affect breathing. Examples include a deviated septum (the partition between the nostrils), nasal valve collapse, or structural abnormalities obstructing airflow.
It is generally recommended that individuals seeking rhinoplasty have reached physical maturity. This ensures that the nose has completed its growth, typically around the age of 15 or 16 for girls and slightly later for boys.
Candidates should be in good general health to undergo surgery and anaesthesia. They should disclose their medical history to the surgeon, including any pre-existing conditions, medications, or allergies.
Candidates need to have realistic expectations about the potential outcomes of rhinoplasty. While the procedure can be tailored to achieve each patient’s desired results, it may not achieve a ‘perfect’ or identical nose. A thorough consultation with the surgeon can help set realistic goals and determine the feasibility of desired changes.
Undergoing any cosmetic procedure requires psychological readiness and emotional stability. It’s essential to clearly understand the motivations behind seeking rhinoplasty.
You will need to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can assess your situation and discuss your goals and concerns to determine your suitability for rhinoplasty. They will evaluate your physical characteristics, medical history, and overall health to make an informed recommendation.
A guide to the recovery and results of a rhinoplasty
After rhinoplasty, the immediate postoperative period involves using bandages and a splint to protect and support the nose during healing. These are typically removed around a week after the surgery. Swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes are common but can be reduced using cold compresses and keeping the head elevated.
Pain or discomfort may be experienced during the first week, but it can be managed with prescribed pain medications. Breathing through the nose may be difficult due to swelling and congestion, so saline nasal sprays or irrigation may be recommended to keep the nasal passages moist and clear. Strenuous activities or anything that could impact the nose should be avoided during this initial recovery period.
The most visible swelling and bruising subside over two to four weeks, but some residual swelling may persist for several weeks or months. Nasal congestion gradually improves as the swelling diminishes, allowing for easier breathing. Depending on individual healing progress, work and regular activities can often be resumed within a couple of weeks, following the surgeon’s guidance and avoiding activities that may affect recovery.
In the long term, it may take several months for the nose to stabilise after rhinoplasty fully. During this time, the reshaped tissues and structures gradually settle into their final position. Scarring from incisions during the procedure is typically minimal and fades over time. Final results vary from person to person and may take time to be apparent. It can take up to a year for the swelling to completely resolve and for the nose to achieve its final shape and appearance.
Follow-up appointments are essential for monitoring healing progress, removing sutures if necessary, and addressing any concerns or questions. It’s crucial to understand that these are general guidelines, and individual recovery processes may vary based on factors such as the complexity of the procedure, unique healing ability, and specific surgeon’s instructions. Following the surgeon’s postoperative instructions closely is essential for the best possible recovery and results.
Dr Terrence Scamp: Rhinoplasty surgeon on the Gold Coast
Dr Terrence Scamp is a highly regarded plastic surgeon with over thirty years of experience, renowned for his knowledge of a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
He received his medical degree from the University of Queensland and completed advanced surgical training at prestigious institutions. Dr Scamp is committed to upholding exceptional ethical standards and surgical practices as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of esteemed organisations such as the ASPS and ISAPS.
Dr Scamp’s approach involves placing patients at the centre of care prioritising their unique goals and concerns. He strives to build solid doctor-patient relationships built on trust and open communication.
To schedule a consultation with our team, please get in touch with us today.