Rhinoplasty, or corrective nose surgery, is usually performed under general anaesthesia and often does not require an overnight stay. To change the shape of the nose, the underlying bone and cartilage need to be adjusted.
Tip Rhinoplasty is surgery to refine just the tip of the nose. It is appropriate for patients who require no surgery to the bony bridge.
It can be performed under intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia and often does not require an overnight stay.
Most of the scars will be within the nose, but in some cases there can also be a very thin scar across the columella (the bridge of skin between the nostrils, hidden under the tip). Because there is no surgery to the bony bridge, the procedure is less traumatic than a full Rhinoplasty.
The best candidates for Rhinoplasty are looking for improvement, not perfection. Rhinoplasty can change your appearance moving it closer to your ideal and so improve your self-confidence.
However it cannot change your looks completely. The surgery aims to improve the shape and contour of the nose, giving better balance to your face.
Complications are RARE, but you should be aware of them so that you can make an informed decision.
Every operation carries with it the risk of bleeding, infection and delayed healing, but these are uncommon following rhinoplasty.
Other complications include an unsatisfactory cosmetic result, irregularities on the nose that you can see or feel, as well as asymmetry.
There may be narrowing of your air passages, obstructing your breathing. You may snore, where you did not do so before the operation.
As mentioned above, the scars heal very well in most patients, but please be aware that if you have dark skin, freckly skin or red hair, there is a greater risk of the scars being more prominent.
The recovery period may last between 10-14 days. There will be bruising and swelling, most of which subside by the end of the first week and prescribed oral painkillers will help to control any discomfort.
You should be able to venture out of doors in the second week. However you should avoid driving until you are confident you can perform all necessary manoeuvres safely.
Our practice nurse will keep in close contact with you whilst you recover at home. Generally, you will be seen in the clinic after 5-7 days for removal of stitches and then at one month postoperatively.
Numbness, however, may persist for a few weeks more, and may be associated with itching of the scalp as it recovers. You should avoid driving until you are confident you can perform all necessary manoeuvres safely.
However, if there are any problems or concerns, you will be seen more frequently than this or as often as you wish. In the longer term, you are welcome to see Mr Ng for a check up at any time.
All follow up appointments are free of charge whether they are at 2 months or even 10 years post operatively.