Rhinoplasty is surgery that is undertaken to improve the shape or function of the nose; it’s commonly known as a nose job.
Sometimes rhinoplasty is carried out for medical reasons, to correct someone’s breathing, or to realign defects caused during an accident, or at birth. Our noses always keep growing on our bodies, so surgery may need to be carried out later in life as the shape of the nose changes. Rhinoplasty can also be carried out for cosmetic reasons, with people who undergo the procedure claiming the surgery has a hugely positive impact on their lives, helping to improve their self-confidence.
Usually with rhinoplasty you’re considered an outpatient, so you won’t have to stay in hospital overnight. You’ll either be given a local anaesthetic to numb the pain or a general anaesthetic to put you to sleep throughout the procedure. During surgery, the surgeon make cuts within the nostrils, usually inside of the nose to minimise scars after surgery. The inner bone and cartilage will be realigned to produce an appearance that the individual feels is more pleasing and in line with their expectations. In more complicated cases, the surgeon can also opt to make cuts along the base of the nose.
For the first week after surgery, patients usually wear a nose splint to ensure the changes made to the nose are maintained. There is often swelling and bruising which occurs around the nose and the eyes in the days immediately after surrey, which is nothing to worry about about. Usually after the third day, this begins to improve, but depending on the surgery, it can take up to two weeks for this bruising to disappear.
Your nose will continue to decrease in swelling over the next 6 months, by which point you’ll be able to clearly assess the changes that have been made and see the full results of your surgery.