Why is it done?
Rhinoplasty is an operation to straighten the midline partition of the nose, which is called septum, along with additional correction of problems related to other parts of the nose such as the outer walls, tip, bridge etc.
In carefully selected cases, it is a more effective procedure to improve nasal airway than simply straightening the nasal septum with a septoplasty. Additionally, obvious and significant cosmetic abnormalities can often be improved as well.
What happens on the day of the operation?
You typically arrive at the hospital on the day of the procedure. This operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and generally takes 2 to 3 hours. Most patients can go on the same day if they feel up to it and are deemed medically fit for discharge.
What can I expect after the operation?
Most patients do not experience much post operative pain and are usually quite comfortable with simple painkillers. In fact, the most common cause for discomfort is nasal stuffiness due to swelling of the lining of the nose in response to the operation. There is also external swelling on the nose but usually no bruising under the eyes. Both internal and external swelling gradually settles over 8 to 10 weeks. It is never dramatic and is usually noticed more by the patient themselves than others. It usually does not stop you from performing routine activities including work that is not to physically demanding. Excessive physical exertion is not advised for two weeks and it is best to wait until your first post operative outpatient review by a surgeon before you start running or going to the gym.
What are the risks?
Potential risks and complications are usually low. These consist of a small risk of unusual bleeding past 12 hours after surgery and a small risk of infection. It is also important to be aware that while this operation improves nasal airway and appearance, the nose may not go back to looking and functioning like a natural, pristine nose that one is born with, particularly when there is a history of trauma. Final healing can take up to 18 months with up to 90% of it occurring within 2 to 3 months. It is therefore important to be patient while your nose recovers from this extensive procedure.
This page provides you with general information about rhinoplasty. Mr Samant will discuss further details specific to your nose during your consultation with him. Please do remember to note down any questions you might have while you are waiting to see him or to have the operation.