Notts / London
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty - also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure to change the appearance of your nose. It is one of the top ten most common cosmetic procedures performed in the UK.
There are two types of Rhinoplasty - open and closed. At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your expectations and then determine which procedure would be best for you.
We are fortunate to work with an incredible surgeon at Zenith - Professor Sama - who specialises in all aspects of Rhinology and can perform more complex procedures such as Septo Rhinoplasty.
What is the procedure used for?
In most cases, it is used to resize or reshape your nose.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Anyone that is affected by the shape or size of their nose.
Before your procedure
To begin with, you will meet your surgeon and patient coordinator to assess your suitability for the procedure and to discuss the possible risks and complications. The surgeon will take you through what you may expect, before you can then sign a patient consent form if you wish to proceed with the procedure.
You will then need to attend a pre-operative assessment 2-5 weeks before surgery, where you will meet either our senior nurse or doctor. They will go though your medical history, take your height and weight, and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision whether to go ahead. We encourage you to throughly review all of the information we give you and spend time fully considering whether you want to go ahead with surgery. If you ever have any questions just get in touch and we'll help - we want you to be happy with your decision.
It is important that you stop smoking for at least four weeks before your surgery and four weeks afterwards.
What happens during the procedure?
During open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made along the columella (soft tissue between the nostrils). The nasal skin is then folded upwards to allow the surgeon to see your nasal bone and give him easier access to the area/s that need to be treated. This is typically used when the focus of the operation is on reducing the size of your nose.
Closed rhinoplasty is where all incisions are made inside your nostrils so no visible scar can be seen externally. This is typically used to reshape the tip of the nose. The surgery is completely tailored to you and therefore what happens is greatly dependent upon your primary focus.
What are the side effects or risks?
- Scarring (usually minimal or non existent if the surgery is performed inside the nose).
- Usual risks associated with general anaesthetic - these will be discussed with you at your consultation.
- Bruising (takes 2-4 weeks to disappear).
What results can I typically expect?
The final result will become visible over the first 12 months.
- You will have a bandage on the area and in some cases a splint may be required.
- You will then be seen after seven days to have your dressing removed and to check that everything is healing fine.
- You will then have a series of appointments with senior members of the Zenith team to assess you at every stage of your healing. This are generally held at 2 and 6 weeks, then at 3, 6 and 12 months post operation.