Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) in South Wales
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping surgery or a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the nose, restoring balance to the facial features. I offer each patient an individually-tailored procedure that aims to produce a truly natural result.
Am I suitable for a rhinoplasty?
The nose is the central feature of the face and therefore if you’re unhappy with the size or shape of your nose it can often have a devastating impact on your self-confidence. It is possible to reduce the size of the nose or nostrils or straighten a crooked nose or remove a bump. It is also possible to reduce the size of the tip of the nose and change the angle of the nose as it projects from the face.
During your consultation, we will discuss your concerns with the appearance of the nose and I will assess both the physical aspect, as well as the internal function of the nose as that may need to be taken into account. The planning stage is the most important part of any cosmetic surgery procedure and this is particularly true of the rhinoplasty procedure. I will take a number of measurements to assist me in my planning.
What does a rhinoplasty involve?
I will perform your rhinoplasty procedure under a general anaesthetic. There are two distinct approaches to nose surgery. The first is called an open rhinoplasty technique and I make a small incision underneath the nose, between the nostrils, allowing me to access and visualise the internal framework of the nose. Often this is required for more complex rhinoplasty procedures.
The second approach is called a closed rhinoplasty and I make all the incisions inside the nose. This means there are no external scars, but does place a limitation on what can be achieved.
How quickly will I recover after a rhinoplasty?
Usually you will stay in hospital overnight after your nose job. Often you will have packs in the nose and/or a splint in place over the nose to protect it. You will usually see swelling and some bruising on the cheeks and around the eyes and this can take a couple of weeks to subside. The swelling in the nose itself can take up to 24 months to fully disappear and you can see the final results of your rhinoplasty.
I will give you comprehensive instructions on how to look after your nose, including avoiding bending over, lifting heavy objects or strenuous exercise.
Are there any complications associated with a nose job?
A common complication after a rhinoplasty can be bleeding, as the nose has a very rich blood supply. Usually this is not serious but if there is excessive bleeding then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Other potential complications are anaesthetic risks, infections, poor wound healing and changes in sensation.
The aim of the procedure is to improve both the physical appearance of the nose and to ensure optimum functionality. Occasionally, however, patients may require a repeat procedure to address any issues from the initial surgery.
What results can I expect after a rhinoplasty procedure?
Often only subtle tweaks are required to make a dramatic transformation of the face as a whole and patients report a great improvement in self-esteem after a rhinoplasty.