What is rhinoplasty?
The nose remains a central key element in the context of facial beauty. It is where our eyes often focus their attention. By changing the shape of the nose through rhinoplasty at our Westmead, Norwest, and North Shore practices, Dr Chaithan Reddy is able to produce a significant improvement in the overall appearance of the face.
Is rhinoplasty right for me?
A rhinoplasty procedure, sometimes referred to as a nasal reshaping procedure or a “nose job,” may be performed to correct nasal deformities resulting from trauma, or it may be performed to change and enhance the appearance of your nose. Whatever your reasons for undergoing the procedure, you can rely on Dr Reddy to produce natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results.
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Through a rhinoplasty procedure, Dr Reddy can:
- Change the shape of your nose (define or refine)
- Change the size of your nose (augment or reduce)
- Correct a dorsal ‘hump’ or hook nose
- Change the width of your nostrils (reduce)
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Improve airflow through your nose
- Reconstruct a deficient nose
If you present with any of the above concerns, then you remain a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty surgery.
Your rhinoplasty may be performed at any one of our preferred private hospitals located in Sydney’s North Shore, Norwest, and Western Sydney regions. The procedure is performed using either an ‘open’ or ‘closed’ technique. The choice of technique will depend upon the existing shape of your nose and what is desired. Dr Reddy is proficient in both approaches, having learnt techniques from the world-renowned rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr Rolin Daniel. The aim of the first consultation with Dr Reddy will be to identify your current concerns and plan an operation that is tailored to your desires and your specific facial shape.
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic. Once you are asleep Dr Reddy will mark out the planned incision (if ‘open rhinoplasty’). The nasal skin will be elevated, allowing the underlying framework to be reshaped. This will entail not only repositioning your nasal bones, but also altering the shape of your cartilages in order to produce a fine well-defined nose. Depending upon what was discussed at your pre-operative consultation, additional procedures directed at improving your breathing may also be performed at this time. Such procedures include a septoplasty procedure and or a turbinate reduction procedure. Other adjunctive nasal procedures include alar base narrowing or ‘sill’ reduction to address nostril flaring.
Upon completion of the rhinoplasty procedure and any of the aforementioned adjunctive procedures, skin closure is performed with delicate fine gauge sutures. A custom made nasal splint will be applied to your nose. If a septoplasty procedure was also undertaken, you will generally also have soft silicone internal nasal splints inserted. Cool packs will also be applied to your eyes for comfort.
Rhinoplasty Before and Afters
Your surgery will take place in hospital. While you may go home the same day, it is often preferable that you stay in overnight. Some patients tend to underestimate their own recovery or are advised by their clinician that they may go home the same day despite it not being in the patient’s best interest. There is also a temptation or requirement to be more active if you return home too soon.
Dr Reddy will check up on you, and talk to you after you have woken up from your nose reshaping surgery to ensure that you are comfortable and well prepared for your recovery process. If you are staying in hospital overnight, Dr Reddy will review you again in the morning prior to your discharge from hospital. A specific post-operative instruction plan together with 24 hour contact details will be given to you at the time of your discharge from hospital to ensure that you are completely at ease during your recovery period at home. Dr Reddy will see you regularly during your recovery period. Your first post-operative visit will be at the 5-7 day post-operative mark. All external (and internal) splints, dressings and sutures will be removed at this visit. Follow up will continue to occur until you are completely satisfied with your results and progress. All of your follow up is included in your surgical fee and a final check at the 12-month mark is recommended.
Discomfort is usually mild-moderate following rhinoplasty surgery, with most patients only requiring simple over the counter pain medication.
Most patients will be able to attend to their day-to-day activities the day after surgery. However, driving is not recommended for the first week after surgery as it is recommended that you have a restful first week at home.
While bleeding is uncommon after rhinoplasty surgery, you may notice a small amount of ooze or drip down the back of your throat during the first few days after surgery. If you have also had your nasal bones repositioned, you will also notice bruising under both eyes. This is mostly apparent during the first week after surgery, although may persist for two weeks.
Generally allow for a two-week down time period from your work place (due to bruising), although you may return after one week with camouflage make-up if desired. It is important to avoid any strenuous activities for approximately 4 weeks after surgery in order to minimise potential bleeding, bruising and swelling. It is also important to avoid any contact sports for the first 6 weeks after surgery in order to avoid disruption and injury to the healing nasal cartilage and bone.
Results of your rhinoplasty will be quite evident at your first post-operative visit to our North Shore or Norwest office, which is routinely between days 5-7 after your surgery. You will immediately notice a difference in the shape of your nose at this time. Bruising and swelling will still however be apparent at this stage. By two weeks, generally all bruising will have resolved. You may also feel that the nose feels obstructed to some degree. This is expected to improve as the internal nasal swelling resolves. External swelling will continue to resolve over the coming months. The majority of swelling will have resolved during the first 3 months after your surgery. It does however take up to 12 months for all nasal swelling to resolve. The open rhinoplasty scar is also very favourable, with the scar generally inconspicuous
Nose Surgery in Sydney
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, or if you have breathing difficulties that would improve through surgical correction of your nasal anatomy, then arranging a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr Chaithan Reddy may be ideal for you.