Rhinoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic. The surgeon often makes an incision inside the rim of the nostrils to avoid any visible scars. However, for more complicated operations an ‘open’ technique may be used where a small incision is made across the base of the nose on the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. Read More
This ‘open’ procedure may result in a small scar on the underside of the nose. During surgery, the soft tissue of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage underneath the skin. Then the bone may be broken and repositioned and the cartilage reshaped to achieve the look you require. A splint is applied and the nostrils are packed lightly with gauze. If the nose is not being reduced in size, then the nose is only taped while it is healing and stitches are not required.
Dissolving sutures are used which usually take 2 weeks to dissolve. If an incision is made across the skin separating the nostrils, then the stitches may need to be removed.
The operation can take between 1 – 2 hours, but depending on the extent of the procedure, it can take longer. Nose reshaping surgery usually requires an overnight stay but some patients may be suitable as a day case.
During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty, London based surgeon Mohammad Jawad of the R5 Aesthetics will give you a detailed description of what the procedure entails.