Rhinoplasty

An attractive nose that is symmetrical and well-proportioned often goes somewhat unnoticed. This can be a good thing, as the nose is a significant facial feature and an appealing face will have features that are in harmony and aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately for some people, their nose is too readily noticed. It may seem too large or too small, crooked, asymmetrical or overly prominent. Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the nose by balancing it with other facial features.

All noses are not created equal, and there are numerous variations is size, shape and structure. Apart from making the nose larger or smaller, rhinoplasty can also alter the nose angle, change the nose tip, and correct or eliminate bumps, indentations, and other defects.

Typical rhinoplasty can include:

  • Creating a nose that is proportionate with other facial features
  • Improving the profile by removing humps or depressions
  • Altering the width of the bridge
  • Changing wide, large, and upturned nostrils
  • Repairing a nasal tip that is large, upturned, hooked or drooping
  • Creating overall nasal symmetry
  • Correcting a deviated septum associated with breathing difficulties

YOUR RHINOPLASTY CONSULTATION

Every surgical procedure is considered important to Dr Laniewski, and patient satisfaction is the top priority. Consultations are relaxed and informative situations designed to provide a full understanding of your surgical goals and expected outcomes. You will need to provide information regarding current and past medical conditions or ongoing medications, along with previous surgeries that could influence outcomes.

Dr Laniewski is a highly qualified and experienced facial surgeon, and can provide the best options available for your upcoming surgery. A consultation with Dr Laniewski will offer insights and surgical options that best suit your individual features. It’s natural to feel a little stressed and excited about your surgery, but Dr Laniewski will put your mind at ease.

HOW IS RHINOPLASTY SURGERY PERFORMED?

Depending on the complexity of your surgery, the operation should take between one and three hours. The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with a return home on the day of the operation or the following day.

A typical surgery will involve an incision within the nostril cavity to provide access to nose framework cartilage. Soft nose tissue is then easily lifted, allowing the surgeon to sculpt the cartilage and achieve the desired results. The septum can be simultaneously trimmed or realigned to address breathing problems. Nose indentations can be repaired with body tissue or a synthetic filler.

Once the cartilage has been reshaped, the skin is re-draped over the nose and a splint put in place to support the nose during the healing phase.

AFTER SURGERY RECOVERY

Once back home after surgery, it’s important to remain as comfortable as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for several weeks. During the first couple of days after surgery you will need to keep your head elevated and remain relatively still. After the first week, the bandaging and splint will be removed, and puffiness, bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes will slowly recede.

A cold compress can be an invaluable aid in minimising pain and swelling, so it’s a good idea to have an ice compress ready at home before having the surgery. Pain medicine may also be prescribed. Within a couple of weeks the majority of the swelling and bruising should have diminished.

The results of rhinoplasty are permanent, although injury, general aging or other factors can impact the nose’s appearance. It’s also worth noting that rhinoplasty should only be performed on a fully developed adult nose, otherwise continued development might significantly alter nose structure and shape.

Perfect symmetry of facial features is an artificial imposition, but creating a nose that highlights facial balance and harmony is a beautiful and living work of art.

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