The nose is the central defining feature of the face, with a well-shaped nose completing a harmonious appearance. Rhinoplasty refers to surgery of the nose. This can be done for functional or aesthetic purposes, or both. The reasons for rhinoplasty are numerous, including fixing a traumatic or congenital deformity, enhancing the nasal profile, lengthening the nose, opening up the nasal airways, defining the nasal tip and reducing the nasal width, amongst others. These can be achieved through rhinoplasty surgery.

What types of rhinoplasty are there?


Surgical rhinoplasty can be performed via a closed or open approach. A closed approach would imply no visible external scars, with incisions made on the inside of the nose to access the underlying nasal structure. An open approach is performed with internal incisions in both nostrils linked by a small external incision, which usually heals almost invisibly. Through these incisions, using a combination of excision, grafts (taken from other parts of your body), implants or suture techniques, the shape and function of the nose can be enhanced.

How is the procedure performed?

Closed rhinoplasty can be done under local anaesthesia with sedation, and reduces the risk of an external scar. Conversely, open rhinoplasty exposes more clearly the framework of the nose, enabling more precise and significant improvements to be made. Open rhinoplasty is routinely performed under general anaesthesia.

What can I expect after my procedure?

Post-procedurally, external or internal splints or padding may be placed to aid in your recovery. You can leave the clinic after a few hours of observation to ensure there are no immediate complications and that you are comfortable. There is usually mild bruising or swelling for the first week or so after the procedure, and any sutures or splints are removed at 5-7 days after the procedure. Once all the swelling settles, the final result can usually be seen at 3-4 weeks for a closed rhinoplasty, and 4-6 weeks for an open rhinoplasty.

How does rhinoplasty compare to fillers or fat grafting to the nose?


Because of the ability to accurately alter the framework of the nose, rhinoplasty is more precise than fillers or fat grafting to the nose. Fillers are non-permanent solutions to nasal deformities, but can give the individual an idea of what enhancement of part of the nose can look like. Fat grafts are more permanent than fillers. Fillers and fat grafting to the nose, though simpler and faster with much less downtime, have to be injected with much care. Inadvertent injection of material into an important vessel can lead to rare complications such as skin necrosis or, in severe cases, visual problems. A discussion with your plastic surgeon will enable you to make the best informed choice with regards to your goals and requirements.


Why choose Illumia Medical?

Our plastic surgeon has a special interest in facial and nasal anatomy and aesthetics, having taught at and attended numerous facial anatomy and rhinoplasty courses locally and overseas. He completed his aesthetic fellowship with prominent facial aesthetic and rhinoplasty surgeons in the UK, while observing extensively with aesthetic surgeons in Korea.


Our plastic surgeon believes in blending the best of the East and West to tailor make the exact procedure to meet your needs and desires.


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