Rhinoplasty-all you need to know

Choosing between having a surgical or a non-surgical rhinoplasty can sometimes be not straightforward. Here is an overview of both techniques to help you understand the differences in procedures, downtime and risks. 

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A Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a procedure on the nose for functional or aesthetic reasons. It can be surgical or non-surgical depending on what needs to be addressed. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is done using fillers to shape the nose. Surgical rhinoplasty can be open or closed procedures.

Benefits of a Rhinoplasty

If the rhinoplasty is done for functional reasons is done, usually benefits revolve around improvements in breathing. If aesthetic concerns, such as bridge, width, tip or projection, these can be addressed at the same time if required. The benefits of a non-surgical rhinoplasty is that it can address some of these aesthetic reasons without surgery. 

The procedure

A surgical rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic. It can be done as a day case procedure or an overnight stay depending on the complexity of the case. This involves making an incision in the base of the nose around 3mm in length, and hidden from view. For non-surgical rhinoplasty we use hylauronic acid filler injections to reshape the nose.

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A surgical rhinoplasty can be done open or closed. With the closed technique the incision is inside the nose, while with an open technique the incision is through the skin. We can do more through the open technique. Sometimes we have to borrow some extra cartilage from the ear or bone from the ribs to reconstruct the nose.

A non-surgical rhinoplasty involves using hylauronic acid fillers injected under the skin to reshape the nose. The filer dissolves over 2 years and the process can be repeated to maintain the shape. 

After Care

After a surgical rhinoplasty you will need to rest for at least 48 hours. Do not bend, strain or smoke You might need to use saline spray or nasal decongestants to help you with breathing for a few days. An internal splint is removed between 1 to 10 days depending on what has been done. Bruising might take up to 2 weeks to settle and overall swelling might take up to 18 months. 

A non-surgical rhinoplasty it is important not to sleep face down for 48 hours and avoid hot saunas for 48 hours to maintain the shape.

Duration 2 hours


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