Rhinoplasty is an advanced plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the nose. Often referred to as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct functional nasal issues, such as a deviated septum, which may be causing breathing difficulties. A rhinoplasty procedure from our experienced Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr William Townley, can modify the shape and size of the nose to deliver natural-looking results that create an improved aesthetic balance among facial features.
What Concerns Can Rhinoplasty Address?
There are a variety of reasons why individuals may be self-conscious about the appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty offers an array of advantages for patients who would like to effectively address these issues. This treatment is often performed for individuals who would like to:
- Increase or decrease the general size of the nose
- Straighten a “crooked” appearance
- Modify the projection/angle of the nasal tip
- Give the nostrils a smaller or wider appearance
- Remove “humps” or “bumps” in the bridge of the nose
- Recontour the bridge to create a thinner or wider appearance
- Enhance overall symmetry and aesthetic balance
- Correct a deviated septum to improve nasal breathing and reduce congestion
During your initial consultation, Mr Townley will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and discuss your goals in detail with you. He uses computer-simulated imaging to generate a preview image to give you an idea of how your nose may look after surgery. Mr Townley also has a large portfolio of before-and-after pictures to share with you during the consultation. Although every patient is unique, there are often pictures of patients with similar features and goals that can help you anticipate an outcome. If surgical rhinoplasty is the ideal option for your needs, he will develop a customised treatment plan designed to meet your expectations.
What Does the Rhinoplasty Procedure Entail?
Mr Townley is extensively trained and experienced with facial plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures and is committed to producing rhinoplasty results that look both natural and beautiful. During the consultation, Mr Townley will talk with you about which technique is most ideal for your needs.
Rhinoplasty is performed while the patient is under general anaesthesia (asleep). Most patients go home on the day of surgery although an overnight stay is possible. The procedure usually takes approximately two to three hours to complete. A variety of techniques and manoeuvres are utilised to address the specific concerns and goals of each patient. Most techniques require a discreet incision to be made along the columella (the strip of tissue just under the nostrils) – so called ‘open rhinoplasty’. This allows for an accurate adjustment to the structure and shape of the nose with scarring that is virtually undetectable.
Once the incisions are made, Mr Townley will carefully and precisely reshape the nose to create the desired result. Mr Townley uses an ultrasonic technique to adjust the nasal bones – this is a modern ‘state-of the-art’ technique that provides a very accurate reduction and polished contour. It has also been shown to reduce swelling and bruising and therefore facilitate recovery.
A silicone splint is placed on the nose and a few small sutures under the tip, which are removed after one week. Nasal packing is not routinely used.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Rhinoplasty?
Patients can expect some degree of swelling and bruising in the nasal area following rhinoplasty; these effects are normal and should subside over time. Medication can alleviate any potential discomfort during the recovery process.
Most individuals who undergo rhinoplasty surgery are able to resume normal daily routines within approximately one to two weeks, or as recommended by Mr Townley. We can provide you with more detailed recovery expectations once you have been examined and a treatment plan has been created.
Would you like more information on rhinoplasty? Please contact us today with questions, or to schedule a consultation with Mr Townley.