Rhinoplasty – Altering the shape of the nose is a complex operation, where utmost attention to detail and skill is required to obtain an aesthetically balanced and functionally normal nose.
The ethos of Mr. Komath’s practice regarding rhinoplasty is to maintain a nose that functions normally. Prior to having this procedure, at least two consultations are required. Many patients undergoing surgery to modify their facial appearance find that a psychological consultation is very helpful. Such consultations are offered to patients prior to surgery.
With his experience in facial corrective surgery, you will have the opportunity to discuss the effect of nose surgery on the overall facial appearance with Mr. Komath. With this in mind, on occasion, the procedure you are planning may not give you the results you desire. This will be discussed at length during a consultation where the treatment is planned and the consent for any operation finalised. It is very important that the specific desired surgical outcome/s for each individual patient is discussed with the surgeon at consultation, preferably in a written format.
Planning for Rhinoplasty Surgery
A Rhinoplasty is carried out under general anaesthetic and you may need to stay at the hospital overnight. Some nasal operations are carried out through incisions that are made inside the nose, so you would not notice any external scars. However, for some rhinoplasty procedures your surgeon may make an incision in the skin between your nostrils; this is called ‘open rhinoplasty’. You may also require small incisions to be made at either side of your nostrils, which will leave very fine scars.
In order to ensure that the nose is adequately supported, sometimes cartilage has to be taken from the patients rib or ear and soft tissue from the temple. This can require separate incisions.
Recovery after the Rhinoplasty Procedure
It is possible that you may have a splinted dressing on your nose after the operation. Bruising around the eyes and cheek are common lasting a few weeks. You may need to take up to two weeks off work to recover. It will be several months before you see the full effect of the nose operation, and up to six to eight months for all of the swelling to completely resolve.
Possible side effects after Rhinoplasty Procedure
- Nasal blockage caused by swelling inside the nose.
- Cast splint on the nose for a few weeks.
- Perforation or holes to your septum (the wall that separates your nostrils) causing crusting of the nose and noisy breathing.
- Nasal skin abnormality including breakdown of skin tissue (skin necrosis) and irritation from the tape and bandaging.
- Infection resulting in a change in shape of the nose. Preventive antibiotics may be given after surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
- Asymmetry of the nose, or nostrils