Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a nose job and is a very popular procedure in the UK with significant interest from both men and women. The popularity of rhinoplasty surgery stems from the fact that the procedure is able to address a very wide variety of concerns, from the aesthetic appearance of the nose to functional considerations which include impaired breathing. In many cases the patient may decide to have both aesthetic and functional concerns addressed in a single procedure, this is commonly referred to as a septorhinoplasty.
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty and what the procedure involves, we would recommend you read our in-depth rhinoplasty information page that covers a lot of ground about virtually all aspects of rhinoplasty surgery and the recovery period. In many cases, there are often questions from patients which may not have been addressed by our surgeons on our blog so we thought we would take the opportunity to answer more of your commonly asked questions with the intention of empowering our prospective patients with all the important details about the procedure and what it involves.
Can rhinoplasty improve my side profile and by how much?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of a dorsal hump on the bridge of your nose and may also have a degree of chain recession then a rhinoplasty is a very effective method to balance the facial proportions in the profile or side view. Some patients may have some submental fullness caused by excess deposits of fat and this can be effectively treated with submental liposuction using a MicroLipo technique. In cases of a receded chin, it may be beneficial to have chin implant surgery or chin filler for those who are not yet keen on having chin implants. If patients are happy with the appearance of their chin after chin filler, they can have the later insertion of a chin implant as a more permanent option. There are a number of different surgical techniques to reduce the dorsal hump leading to a natural-looking appearance. When used in combination with chin filler chin implant surgery or submental liposuction the resulting improvement in the profile view can be natural looking and yet be a dramatic improvement on the preoperative appearance.
Will a rhinoplasty give me a nose identical to my favourite celebrity?
Our rhinoplasty surgeons universally agree that they will be unable to give you a nose identical to your favourite celebrity. Although your favourite celebrity may have all the features which you find desirable in the nose, our aim is to create the very best and most natural look for your facial structure and proportions which may not coincide with what you see in other peoples noses. If your surgeon were to simply perform a copy and paste type surgical procedure to mirror the appearance of your favourite celebrity, there is a very distinct possibility of creating a very different appearance and one which is out of balance with the rest of your facial features.
Our surgeons would instead ask what you like best about your favourite celebrity’s nose, and what aspects of the size and shape of their nose you think look aesthetically appealing. You should also bear in mind what views of their nose you like best, whether in looking ahead view or a side view. The discussion, therefore, becomes much more individualised to you and about what would be the best surgical plan to achieve ideal results whilst at the same time maintaining a natural-looking appearance.
Will rhinoplasty affect my ability to wear spectacles?
Rhinoplasty surgery commonly involves surgical manoeuvres to the bridge of the nose such as dorsal hump reduction. It seems intuitive to think that this may then affect how your spectacles will sit on the bridge of the nose. In many other cases, your surgeon may use cartilage graft to augment or build up the bridge of the nose for those with a sunken bridge. In many cases, rhinoplasty surgery may be focused on the tip of the nose with no changes made to the nasal bridge.
Fortunately, your optician is highly skilled in prescribing and fitting the correct size to spectacles and will be able to adjust existing spectacles to help them comfortably fit the shape of your new nose after rhinoplasty surgery. Many patients will take the opportunity to buy a completely new pair of spectacles often in the new style to show off their new nose. Patients who prefer to keep details off their rhinoplasty surgery a secret from others often remark to us that observers may commonly notice something is different about their face and link it with the new pair of spectacles rather than the new nose!.
Can rhinoplasty surgery address a thin septum?
It is first important to understand what the nasal septum is. The nasal septum is the central partition-like structure that separates both of your nostrils from one another and divides them into 2 halves. The septum has both bony and cartilaginous components and functions as a structural supporting component of the nose. Septorhinoplasty surgery is commonly used to treat a deviated septum when the septum is positioned more to one side than another and which is commonly linked to breathing difficulties.
What are the options available for a patient who has a slightly deviated septum which is also quite narrow? It is certainly possible and often required depending on the modifications required to the nose to make the nasal septum thicker but it is important not to overdo increasing the thickness of the septum. By augmenting the thickness of the septum too much, there is a risk of narrowing the nostril aperture to such an extent that normal airflow is disturbed which could lead to impaired breathing through the nose.
The key principle behind all rhinoplasty surgery planning is to ensure that both the appearance of the nose is improved along with a functional improvement leading to easier breathing.
Rhinoplasty surgery is one of our most commonly performed procedures at Centre for Surgery, our surgeons performed in excess of 250 rhinoplasty procedures a year and a highly experienced in all types of rhinoplasty surgery including open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty, ultrasonic rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. Get in touch with us today and speak to one of our experienced and knowledgeable patient care coordinators to book a free consultation with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon at Centre for Surgery.