Rhinoplasty 101

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping or reconstructing the nose to address cosmetic and health concerns. In this guide, we will explore the various aspects of the procedure, including the reasons for having the surgery, effects, recovery process, and risks and complications.

Why Get a Rhinoplasty?

Patients who are considering rhinoplasty surgery with Dr Turner are concerned with the look of their nose being out of ratio to their other facial features. Some patients getting the procedure want to address breathing issues related to their nasal structures.

Are You Considering Rhinoplasty Surgery?

There are a few things you should think about before deciding to go ahead with nose surgery:
  • Do your homework on the procedure you are enquiring about as well as the surgeons you are visiting. Be prepared with inspiration images and any questions you may have.
  • Choosing to undergo the procedure entails a blend of emotional and financial dedication. The initial step is scheduling consultations with one or more surgeons to determine the best fit for your goals.
  • In your Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr Turner, you will have images taken on our Vectra 3D Imaging System. The Vectra’s three-dimensional computer is a tool that provides images of the face and body to allow patients to preview the potential changes that a surgical procedure can make. With this technology, you and Dr Turner can
  • adjust and decide on what changes to make to best suit your cosmetic needs.
  • Before considering rhinoplasty, clients should be at least 16 years old (with parental consent) to ensure facial growth and physical maturity.
  • Any cosmetic surgery decisions should be based on your own beliefs and wants, it should not be based on anybody else’s opinion. This will be screened through our BDD assessment tool, which has now been implemented across the industry.

What Can Rhinoplasty Achieve?

Rhinoplasty can provide a range of aesthetic and functional outcomes for patients, so it is always good to have an idea about what specifically you would like altered. Some examples are:

  • Straightening the bridge of the nose from a front-facing perspective
  • Removing any humps on the bridge of your nose
  • Narrowing or widening the nostrils
  • Decreasing the tip of the nose
  • Widening the internal aspects of the nasal cavity to increase airflow (septoplasty)

Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery

After rhinoplasty surgery, you will enter the post-operative care phase. Each individual will have a specific set of instructions from Dr Turner and his nursing team to help with the recovery period.

It can be difficult in the initial days post-op to see the results of the surgery, as your nose will be covered by bandages, and you will most likely have a splint inserted up your nose. At your first post-op appointment, this splint will be removed, allowing you to see the changes in your nose.

Pain will be managed post-operatively by medications Dr Turner prescribes to you. Be sure to get somebody to pick these up for you on your way home from the hospital.

You can read more about the tips and tricks for recovering from Rhinoplasty here.

Risks & Complications Associated With Rhinoplasty Surgery

Altering the nasal structures and bones is a permanent procedure that can be irreversible. As with any surgery, rhinoplasty is also associated with risks and complications, such as:

  • Wound infection
  • Bleeding or haematoma
  • Abnormal scarring
  • Allergies or reactions to medications, sutures, or topical treatments
  • Delayed healing
  • Chronic pain & numbness
  • Prolonged visible swelling that may last for weeks & sometimes months
  • Loss of structural support and collapse of the nasal airways during breathing
  • Perforation of the nasal septum
  • Nasal breathing alterations
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Reddening of the nasal skin
  • Bending or movement of a cartilage graft away from its ideal position
  • Deviation of the nose or septum
  • Revision surgery