Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a procedure that can be used to change your nose’s shape and size. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today, with men and women alike opting to adjust the proportions of their noses for aesthetic reasons or to correct breathing problems. If you’re considering a nose job, it’s important to understand the different types available, so you can make a decision about which one is right for you.
What are the various types of nose jobs?
This type of rhinoplasty surgery involves making an incision along the columella, which is the piece of skin that separates the nostrils. The plastic surgeon will work through this incision to reshape and refine the nasal structures. Open rhinoplasty is best suited for more complex cases, such as removing the hump on top of the nose or modifying the nasal tip. It also provides better visualisation for surgeons during surgery.
In contrast to open rhinoplasty, where an external incision is made along the columella, closed rhinoplasty requires no external incisions at all. All surgical modifications are done through internal incisions within the nostrils, so there are no visible scars left behind after the recovery period. Closed rhinoplasty is most suitable for patients who want subtle changes in their nose contour without having any visible external scars post-surgery.
Revision rhinoplasty or reconstructive rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty involves revisionary surgery following an initial rhinoplasty procedure that has not achieved the desired results or has caused unexpected complications.
This type of surgery may require complex reconstruction using cartilage grafts from other parts of the body, as well as the use of medical sutures and tissue adhesives to keep everything together while the healing process takes place.
It’s important to note that revision rhinoplasty procedures are significantly more complicated than initial ones due to existing scar tissue and weakened supporting structures in the affected area.
If you are content with the size of your nose but want to tweak its shape, then an augmentation rhinoplasty might be the best option for you. This type of nose surgery uses either a bone or tissue grafting technique to improve the shape of your nose by adjusting its features.
In most instances, grafting is done using cartilage from other areas of your nose. Your surgeon will explore other options if there’s not enough tissue available for grafting. For example, synthetic implants (alloplasts) can be used to surgically enhance the nose when there is insufficient natural tissue.
A filler rhinoplasty is also known as non-surgical rhinoplasty. It is a minimally-invasive technique that involves using dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid (HA) injections into certain areas of the nose to sculpt it into the desired shape without having to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. This type of nose job can produce impressive results, but they tend not to last as long as traditional surgical procedures and may require regular maintenance treatments in order to maintain their effectiveness over time.
A refinement rhinoplasty or tip rhinoplasty only alters the appearance of the nose, specifically the nasal tip, without impacting its function. The steps taken during a refinement rhinoplasty differ from patient to patient, depending on why they’re getting the surgery. In some instances, fat tissue is rearranged or removed. Other times, implants are inserted to change the shape of the nose tip.
This type of nose job is for patients who have broken, bent, or otherwise damaged their noses. In these instances, the surgery not only aims to improve appearance but also to address any functionality issues caused by an injury. Usually, a post-traumatic rhinoplasty involves repairing your nose after it has been fractured. It is done in order to fix a deviated septum, which will then improve airflow and overall breathing.
Reduction rhinoplasty involves rearranging, trimming, or removing nasal bone and cartilage to achieve a smaller nose. The surgeon makes small incisions inside the nostrils to access the bone and cartilage underneath. The exterior skin remains intact, but the interior structure is decreased. The skin will gradually contract as it heals to match the new shape. Depending on the desired level of reduction, nostrils may need to be decreased in order to maintain proportionality. If that is the case, the plastic surgeon will make small cuts on either side of the nostrils.
Who are the good candidates for rhinoplasty?
The following are some qualities that may make you a good candidate for rhinoplasty:
- You don’t like your nose, and this feeling lowers your self-esteem.
- You don’t like how your nose looks as you age.
- You have a nasal condition that can be helped with surgery.
- You have set realistic expectations for the surgery’s outcome. The right candidates for nose jobs are those who want to improve the way they look, not become perfect. They should be content with their life otherwise and understand that a nose job won’t change it dramatically.
- You are the right age to perform this task. The absolute best starting age to get a nose job is in the mid-teens because that is when the nose stops growing and changing.
What to do and not to do after the surgery?
- To restrict the movement of your upper lip, brush gently
- Avoid making extreme faces
- Choose foods high in fibre to prevent constipation, which can cause you to strain and put pressure on your surgery site
- Do not blow your nose.
- Do not engage in strenuous activities like jogging and aerobics
Improve the appearance of your nose at Dr Alan Evans
At our dental clinic, nose job procedures are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Our team of highly trained professionals will evaluate your nose and discuss all the available options with you in order to help you determine which type of nose reshaping surgery is most suitable for your desired look and lifestyle. Whether you are in need of a nose job for functional reasons or to enhance your appearance, our nose job procedures can help you achieve your desired results.
Contact us at (02) 9158 6375 today to schedule a consultation with Dr Alan Evans and start your journey to your new, improved nose!
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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