Nose Surgery at Woodland Hospital
Also known as a rhinoplasty, nose surgery is a great way to create balance and symmetry ono harmonise the other dimensions of the face, which is why it has become a very popular procedure for people who have felt self-conscious about their appearance for much of their life. In fact, our patients often report afterwards just how much of a positive impact it has had on them, allowing them to go out into the world with renewed confidence.
If you would like to find out more information about our options for nose surgery, talk to our friendly team today on 01536 210 019, or use our online enquiry form here.
How Nose Surgery is Performed
A rhinoplasty procedure typically involves the surgical refining or removal of nasal bone and cartilage from just below the surface of the skin on the bridge, tip and/or nostril area. Following this refinement the skin is then re-draped over the newly designed underlying structure. Performed under a general anaesthetic, a typical rhinoplasty procedure can take around one hour to perform.
Consultant Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Mr T Sankar and Consultant Ear, Nose, Throat Surgeon, Mr A Qayyum are working collaboratively to perform the latest advance in rhinoplasty surgery - ‘ultrasonic rhinoplasty’. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty utilises ultrasonic energy to reshape the bone. Altering the shape, profile and width of the nasal bones is one of the key steps involved in producing good results from rhinoplasty.
Recovering from Nose Surgery
Whilst a rhinoplasty procedure is usually considered to be relatively pain-free, the operated area is often quite tender for several months following nose surgery. In the early days following discharge, patients are strongly advised to avoid any level of activity that would put undue strain on the newly operated area. This includes blowing the nose strongly and paying a lot of attention to personal hygiene in the area during the recovery period. Normally, about a week of rest is required before going back to work.
If you would like to ask our team a question about the procedure, call us on 01536 210019 or leave us a message via our online enquiry form here.
Risks of Nose Surgery
Risks from this type of surgery are generally low, as patients are always in good health before we carry out any procedure. However, there is a possibility of bleeding, infection, irregularity, asymmetry, scarring and alteration in sensitivity, all of which will be discussed openly at consultation, as well as our scrupulous efforts to manage and minimise these risks to their lowest possible potential.
To discuss the procedure, recovery and risks in more detail, book an appointment with one our consultant surgeons today by contacting us on 01536 210 019. For further information you can also use our online enquiry form here.
About the Procedure
Rhinoplasty can now be performed with the assistance of ultrasonic waves, making nasal bone reshaping more precise and accurate. The tools used during an ultrasonic rhinoplasty are powered by ultrasonic waves that vibrate the tip of the tool, shaving excess bone that creates humps. With ultrasound technology, even the thinnest and most brittle bones can be adjusted for a better cosmetic outcome. During an ultrasonic rhinoplasty, an open rhinoplasty technique will be used for better exposure and visualisation during surgery. An incision will be made at the columella directly beneath the nasal tip. The nose will then be retracted backwards, dissecting the nose cartilage with care being taken to not incise the medial crura, the cartilage that separates the nostrils. The flap will be raised off of the nose for maximum exposure and work can now be done to reshape the nasal tip, bridge, nostrils, or septum repair with the specialised ultrasonic tools. Different tool tips can be used to scrape, shape, and smoothen the nasal bone. The ultrasonic tool allows for more precision and less surrounding tissue trauma. Once completed, the flap will be redraped over the bone framework and external contouring and shaping is completed. The incision will be closed with sutures and an external splint or cast will be placed over the nose. The goal of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty is to achieve facial harmony by changing the shape, size, or angle of the nose.
If you would like to discuss further, please call Liz Radford on 01536 536854.