Nasal surgery aims to optimize the size and shape of the nose in order to achieve harmonious facial proportions and to address airway obstruction which may result in nasal airway blockage or snoring. The features of the nose which can be addressed surgically include:
• Excessive size in proportion to other facial features
• Prominent nasal hump when viewed from the side
• Excessive nasal width and flaring of the nostrils when viewed from the front
• Nasal tip being droopy, wide or twisted
• Airway obstruction and difficulty breathing through the nose.
The decision to undergo rhinoplasty surgery is significant and adjustment to change in appearance needs be considered in addition to the process of post-operative recovery.
The aim of the consultation is to ascertain expectations and identify potential limitations to achieving those expectations such as skin quality, underlying skeletal anatomy and scarring from previous injury or surgery. Patients seeking rhinoplasty and septoplasty surgery have typically had previous nasal injuries, nasal surgery or are self-conscious of the appearance of their nose. While patients may request a particular “celebrity nose”, a “natural” appearance of the nose in keeping with the overall facial features is a result which is more achievable and hence most likely to result in patient satisfaction.
We recommend that you bring to your consultation photographs of yourself prior to nasal injury or previous surgery. Two or more consultations are often required prior to surgery to ensure a good understanding of procedure, the likely results and the period of recovery and downtime required.
While the rhinoplasty surgery can either be performed internally through the nostrils such that there is no visible external scar or may require a small scar under the tip of the nose, septoplasty surgery can be performed internally. The most appropriate of these surgical access incisions will be discussed during your consultation.
The operation is performed using a variety of specialised techniques under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. Patients may be treated in hospital overnight for pain management.
The internal wounds are repaired with dissolving stitches and there may a small number of external skin stitches which are removed five to seven days after surgery.
At the completion of surgery internal nasal packing and an external splint are applied. Packing is removed within a week and the splint removed within two weeks. Nasal taping is continued for a further two weeks as required.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure you have selected.
You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patients’ results in their areas of expertise.
Your Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fees. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you in your consultation.