If the nose has a hump, is extremely long or wide or the nose tip is skewed or off centre, then Rhinoplasty is a good option to consider. It is very important that the patient’s wishes have been discussed openly and honestly and that they are realistic. You can’t “order” a new perfect nose. Nor can a surgically altered nose transform your mental health.
It is imperative that you have a clear idea of how you would like your eventual profile to look and at the same time, realise that there are limitations to the procedure. Patients with sufficient physical and emotional maturity who undergo Rhinoplasty because they want to enhance their self-image are usually very satisfied with the joint decision you come to with your surgeon.
The operation is performed either as an open or closed Rhinoplasty. If you are having a reduction of the tip of the nose included this is called an Alar base reduction where the incisions will be made around the nostrils and in the central area of the nose – called the Collumela.
If it is just the mid nose and up that needs the correction this can be done only from the inside and all sutures will be internal. If the cartilage has to be dropped you will be required to wear a cast to protect the area and keep the shape for approx 7 days.
To get optimal results and avoid complications
Avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 2 weeks following the surgery.
You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery.
The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery