Rhinoplasty in divided into two groupings, open or closed rhinoplasty, depending on where incisions are made. Open rhinoplasty uses incisions externally while closed rhinoplasty incisions are made internally and the divide between the nostrils is not cut.
It is used for numerous reasons including - nasal diseases; cosmetic purposes; correction of failed primary rhinoplasty; to remedy obstructed airways; and the correction of congenital nose defects and deformities.
Rhinoplasty can be further divided by location of surgery including the tip, the septum and the bridge of the nose. The process involves the removal of bone cartilage; incision and sutures; and the insertion of extraneous materials.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH RHINOPLASTY
A general or local anaesthetic. A recovery period between two weeks and four months. External and internal splints post-surgery, bruising, redness and localised pain. There may be initial difficulties in breathing through the nose, sneezing or blowing the nose.
BENEFITS OF RHINOPLASTY
This surgery can correct long-standing dissatisfaction or physical abnormalities of the nose. It can change the facial structure by realigning proportions. Physical conditions such a deviated septum can be resolved.
There may be rare post-operative side effects such as an abscess, bleeding or infections. More common complications include adhesions and unwanted skin growth that can obstruct airways. There are of course the risks always associated with general anaesthesia.