Rhinoplasty - Nose Reshaping and Nose Job, Mumbai-India

Posted by Milan R. Doshi on Thu, Mar 1, 2012  
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Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils. More............

Rhinoplasty encompasses all those procedures designed to alter the size and shape of the nose... nose reshaping.

The much more commonly performed Reduction Rhinoplasty involves reducing the bone and cartilage ‘skeleton’ of the nose in order to improve the overall size and shape of the nose.

If the patient also has difficulty breathing, then the wall of tissue that separates one side of the nose from the other may require adjustment (Septoplasty).

Occasionally, it is necessary to shorten the nose and slim down a particularly bulky tip (the so-called Rhino-tip procedure). In addition, the shape and size of the nostrils may be altered.
Who is suitable for Reduction Rhinoplasty?

  • Men and women who are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their nose
  • If there is a bump on the bridge of the nose
  • If the nasal tip droops
  • If the tip of the nose is thickened and enlarged
  • If the nostrils are excessively wide
  • If the nose is off centre or asymmetrical
  • The nose continues to grow until the age of about 16 years. Therefore, most surgeons recommend postponing surgery until at least this age.

What to think about at this stage

It is important that before you see the surgeon, you consider what you are trying to achieve from your surgery.

In many ways, this is of particular importance with Rhinoplasty, where patients may have been self-conscious about their nose for many years. The nose, being the most central prominent feature of the face, can produce all manner of emotions for the patient. The aim of nose reshaping surgery is to make the nose more acceptable in the eyes of the patient. Therefore, before you see the surgeon, you must be absolutely certain regarding what it is about your nose that concerns you. It is only when the surgeon knows exactly what you wish to achieve that he is able to determine whether it is technically possible.

Also remember that other facial features have implications for the overall appearance of your face. In order to keep your face in proportion, your surgeon may advise altering the chin or cheek etc.

How is Rhinoplasty performed?

  • The operation may be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. However, the majority of patients have general anaesthetic.
  • Incisions are made inside the nostrils. There are no external incisions. Both bone and cartilage are excised to make the bridge of the nose straighter, and where the bones of the nose join the check is cut so that the nose may be made narrower
  • It takes about sixty minutes
  • Most patients stay in hospital for one night
  • If your work is not physical, expect to return to work within one to two weeks
  • Expect to be back to normal physical exercise within four to six weeks

Following the operation

As with all surgery, after nose reshaping you must expect to feel bruised and sore, especially around the eyes. Patients are adivsed to keep their head up as much as possible. You will have to wear a splint over your nose for about seven to ten days. This is to hold the nasal bones in their new position. Most patients report that the operation is surprisingly painless. In most cases, it takes three to six months for the swelling to go down completely and for the appearance of the new nose to appear.

Risks & Complications

Cosmetic surgery is amongst the very safest of medical procedures. However, all patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is absolutely free from risk.

How long will the results of your Rhinoplasty last?

The result of Reduction Rhinoplasty is permanent. Any revisional surgery that might be recommended is only likely to take place after the healing process is complete. Most surgeons advise waiting at least a year. 


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