2 – 5 hours
A rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK and can reshape or reconstruct the nose to achieve a more proportional and symmetrical appearance in balance with your other facial features.
Aesthetically, the nose can have a profound impact on your self-confidence and many patients have always been dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose. While nose reshaping surgery is commonly performed for aesthetic reasons, it is also essential to assess the nose for any breathing problems which can be affecting nasal function so that these can be considered during surgery.
Mr Juling Ong’s aim with rhinoplasty surgery is always to produce a natural result, in harmony with the other facial features. He will meticulously plan the surgery, encompassing the size and shape of the nose and the nostrils, and the contours of the nasal bridge and tip, as well as the projection of the nose.
Broadly, there are two types of nose reshaping surgery; the open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the skin between the nostrils. This allows Mr Juling Ong to peel the skin back and directly access the cartilage and bony structure of the nose.
A closed rhinoplasty involves incisions within the nostrils and is may be sufficient for patients who require smaller adjustments to the nasal bridge. During a septorhinoplasty, Mr Juling Ong will straighten the septum that divides the nasal cavities to help restore function, as well as improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a tip rhinoplasty?
Some patients may be happy with the appearance of the bridge of their nose but dissatisfied with the tip, which can appear overly bulky, droopy or asymmetric. For these patients, a procedure to adjust just the tip may be suitable.
Is rhinoplasty painful?
Contrary to many patient’s expectations, rhinoplasty surgery may not be as painful as you might think. There is always some discomfort and there will be a sensation of feeling blocked up which can persist for a number of months.
What are the risks of a rhinoplasty procedure?
Any surgical procedure carried out under a general anaesthetic carries some risk. This can be risks associated with the anaesthetic or infection, bleeding, poor wound healing and changes to skin sensation.
Risks specific to rhinoplasty include nasal septal perforation, but this is very rare, as well as breathing difficulties post-procedure, and an asymmetrical or displeasing appearance to the nose that requires revision surgery.
What is the downtime like after nose surgery?
Rhinoplasty patients usually take one to two weeks off work as there may be some bruising and swelling below the eyes. This is totally normal and should subside within ten days.