What is a rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a ‘nose job’, is a procedure that addresses many concerns related to your nose. As the nose is the central feature on your face, it can define your overall look. With a nose job, we address various concerns, including:

- Size reduction

- Length reduction

- Correcting asymmetry

- Removing a bridge or bump on the nose

- Reshaping the tip or shape of the nose

- Alleviating a deviated septum or improving breathing difficulties

- Making changes to the nostril shape and size

 

Not all rhinoplasty procedures are created equally. Depending on your needs, we offer different procedures to achieve your desired results. During your initial consultation with your surgeon, they will evaluate what type of rhinoplasty surgery is right for you.

There are five types of rhinoplasty procedures that we offer at the Cadogan Clinic.

 

Closed Rhinoplasty

This is the most common type of rhinoplasty. There are no external scars, as all incisions are done inside the nose. The soft tissues are lifted slightly upward, allowing access to the bone and cartilage. There are several advantages of closed rhinoplasty, including reduced nasal tissue irritation, less detectable scarring, shorter operating times and faster recovery.

  

Open Rhinoplasty

This is a more invasive surgery and it is widely used for patients who need more extensive work. Your surgeon will make incisions in the columella, which is the skin between your nostrils beneath your nose. Following the incisions, the skin is lifted up allowing access inside the nasal cavity for your surgeon to perform reshaping. After the surgery is complete, the columella is sutured and the nose will be secured in place with tape and a splint to keep the nose in place. The splint will keep the nose in place during the healing process and normally will be removed after one week.

Open rhinoplasty is excellent for patients with issues such as genetic or structural deformities, trauma to the nose requiring grafting and unsatisfactory results from a previous nose job.

 

Septo-Rhinoplasty

A septo-rhinoplasty is commonly done to improve the way you breathe through your nose. This is often done for patients who suffer from a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage and bone inside your nose that divides the nostrils. Your surgeon will make an incision in the mucosa (the lining inside your nose), and lift it off the bone and cartilage in order to remove any parts that are bent, putting them into a straight position allowing for clear breathing. This procedure will improve the way you breathe, and the appearance of your nose can be adjusted as well.

  

Rhino-tip Surgery

Rhino-tip surgery is done to change the shape of the nose by modifying the structure of the underlying cartilage. Most alterations are done from inside the nose so as to minimize any scarring. Your surgeon can create the perfect tip for your nose structure.

Some common cases that patients come in for are:

  • Big tip - this is a rounded appearance at the tip of the nose, possibly due to thick skin.
  • Crooked tip - one nostril may appear larger than the other, or the nose might be slanted to one side causing an asymmetrical look.
  • Flared nostrils - when the nostrils are larger and spread farther apart creating an upturned or flat nose appearance.
  • Hooked tip - this is when the nose juts out and is overly long, particularly noticeable on the profile of the patient.

 

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

This is another very common form of rhinoplasty. It is non-surgical and non-invasive and involves an injectable filler being used to correct very minor imperfections. This is a popular choice for clients who need minimal changes to the shape of their nose. Keep in mind that over time the filler will begin to dissolve and you may need further treatments. 

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