Procedure time & anaesthetic
The surgical techniques used in your procedure will depend largely on the goals desired by you and our Rhinoplasty surgeon. Generally, all of the incisions will be placed inside your nose, where scarring will not be visible.
There are two main different techniques of rhinoplasty:
➣ Closes Rhinoplasty (can be used for some types of nasal tip reshaping, removing bumps or humps, reshaping cartilage and bones and to remove excess soft tissue.)
➣ Open Rhinoplasty (to be most suitable for patients undergoing complex rhinoplasty procedures such as revision or reconstructive surgery (using cartilage grafts).)
Both techniques will have advantages and disadvantages relating to your goals and our surgeon will talk you through these before you both decide on the best technique for you.
Rhinoplasty usually requires 1– 1.5h hours to complete depending on the complexity of the surgery and is often performed as a day case, however, an overnight stay may be required.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthetic, commonly as a day-case or an overnight procedure.
Recovery time & after care
Recovery depends greatly on the extent of the procedure. Expect to feel sore and swollen for several weeks. THE FINAL RESULT OF THE SURGERY TAKES ABOUT 2 YEARS.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappear within three weeks, some patients may experience swelling for longer.
Immediately after surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area for close monitoring. You may be permitted to go home when you are stable for discharge, typically after an hour or so.
During the recovery, the nurses will measure your Blood pressure through a cuff. She will also attach a monitor to your finger to check your pulse and level of Oxygen in your blood to ensure you are fully oxygenated.
Before leaving, you will be given specific postoperative instructions for your recovery and a follow- up to an appointment with your plastic surgeon.
You may also receive medications or a prescription, but many plastic surgeons prescribe postoperative medications in advance. Your prescribed medications may include pain pills and an antibiotic to prevent infection.
We advise no showering for one week which is a very difficult task for anyone. We advise that it is ok to have regular hand showers with lukewarm water and ensuring no water is submerged onto the incisions. We will advise you of this before you leave the hospital.
7 days after surgery
You will return to the hospital for your post-operative review, in which any stitches are removed. Though the surgeon uses dissolvable stitches, we will check to make sure your incisions have healed. You will also be assessed with any leftover swelling and any advice to help improve your recovery time.
1 year after surgery
As apart of your aftercare, we advise all patients to book in once a year to see their surgeon for a brief assessment of the consistent results.
Time off work
We recommend taking 7-14 days off of work following your rhinoplasty procedure. In this case, I can supply you with a medical certificate for your employer.
Post-operative follow-up is of paramount importance. Each patient undergoing any Cosmetic Surgery will be given post-operative appointments for wound management and suture removal.
Post-operative instructions are vital and we consider it very important that you adhere to them.
Failing to follow these guidelines and attend your appointments can adversely affect the outcome of surgery and put patient safety at risk.