Aesthetic nasal surgery, or Cosmetic rhinoplasty, involves reshaping the nose to improve its appearance. Typical steps include removing a nasal hump, reducing an enlarged tip, or improving a poor angle between the nose and the upper lip. Reconstructive Rhinoplasty is performed to correct birth defects or disfigurement from injury. Rhinoplasty may also be done in conjunction with techniques to relieve nasal obstruction due to an internal nasal deformity such as a deviated septum.
Rhinoplasty surgery may be performed purely for cosmetic reasons, purely for breathing issues, or for a combination of both aesthetic issues and to correct breathing issues. With expert training and experience in both Facial Plastic Surgery and ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery, Dr Ha has the expertise to address both functional and cosmetic aspects of the nose.
The aims of a Rhinoplasty will vary immensely between patients. The most important aspect in gaining a successful result is to ensure that the aims of the surgeon are that of the patients. Dr Ha will carefully analyse all aesthetic and functional aspects of your nose and discuss these findings in detail with you. Dr Ha will often use computer imaging software to assist in planning your surgery and discussing final outcomes.
The degree of improvement following a Rhinoplasty depends upon the extent of the corrective work undertaken and the basic structure of your nose and skin. An obviously disfigured nose will often show dramatic results following surgery. On the other hand, correction of a slight bump may offer more subtle results. It is quite common for relatives or friends to report that they don’t see a major difference after surgery. Do not consider such reactions to be an indication of failure. The intention, after all, is not to create a nose that draws attention, but rather one that blends subtly into the overall appearance of your face.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty
Recovery after Rhinoplasty takes about two weeks. Some swelling and bruising may occur around the eyes. Most of the noticeable swelling will fade in about one week. Any discomfort that the patient experiences can be controlled with medication. Dressings, splints and stitches are removed at about one week. Most patients can return to work in eight to ten days. Light exercise may be resumed in about one week and more strenuous exercise in about two weeks.