Nose surgery describes any form of surgery that is undertaken on the nose. There are two main types of nose surgery, which are:
It is possible to have both types of surgeries completed at the same time.
- Nose surgery for medical reasons, for example in chronic sinusitis or congestion.
- Nose surgery for cosmetic reasons, usually referred to as a nose job
How is Nose Surgery Performed?
If at all possible, a surgeon will opt to perform nose surgery under a local anaesthetic, as this carries fewer risks with it. However, if necessary, a patient can also be placed under general anaesthetic or a combination of both. An incision will then be made in the nose. Again, surgeons generally prefer to make an incision on the inside of the nose to reduce and minimise the appearance of scarring. However, if necessary, the incision can be made on the outside of the nose.
In plastic or cosmetic nose surgery, the aim is to change the appearance of the nose. It is possible to make a nose smaller or bigger, wider or narrower, longer or shorter and even change the appearance of the tip or the nostrils. Sometimes, implants are used to alter the appearance of certain parts of the nose, for example to fill a depression or define the tip of a nose. Although artificial implants are possible, many surgeons prefer to use materials grafted from the patient themselves, in order to reduce the risk of the implant being rejected.
What Happens After Nose Surgery?
It is possible for patients to have to spend a night in hospital following nose surgery, but more and more regularly, this type of surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day.
Patients will wear a splint or bandage on their nose for at least seven days following the surgery, which will be removed by the plastic surgeon to ensure the healing is going well. It is very likely that patients will experience significant bruising and swelling around the nose, which can be quite painful. Patients are often prescribed medication to reduce the effects of bruising and swelling.
How Long Does the Whole Procedure Take?
Generally, the entire procedure from start to finish will take around three months. It starts with an initial consultation with a plastic surgery clinic, where you will discuss your needs and requirements with the surgeon, who will more than likely use photo imaging software to show you the likely outcome of the surgery. You will then be booked in for the actual surgery, which can take a few weeks depending on how busy the clinic is. The procedure itself takes between one and two hours, at which point you will spend some time recovering. Bruising and swelling after the operation lasts for around ten days to two weeks and the nose should be fully healed around six weeks later.
Nose surgery is by far the most popular type of cosmetic surgery on the market. However, it is important to remember that it is not only used for cosmetic purposes.
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