Many people are unhappy with their nose, in terms of appearance, effectiveness for breathing, or both. Problems may stem from an injury, be inherited, or arise from many other conditions.
Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure used to alter the external appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty is often, but not always, performed with septoplasty.
ARC Surgeons spend considerable time and effort during the consultation process discussing which nasal features the patient likes and dislikes, and what changes may be possible. It is vital the patient and surgeon understand and agree upon the aims of the operation. Well informed patients, good communication and clear surgical plans are the key to success for patients undergoing rhinoplasty.
Septoplasty is the most common procedure used to improve internal problems of the nose. The septum is the central wall between the nostrils, and is important for nasal support, shape, symmetry and airflow. Turbinate procedures may improve breathing if the turbinates are enlarged.
At ARC, our plastic surgeons’ approach to surgery is conservative. While every effort is made to achieve the outcome desired by the patient, the surgeons need to preserve nasal support, and never dangerously weaken nasal structures. Nearly all ARC rhinoplasties are performed ‘open’, which means that all the shape changes are performed with full visibility allowing the maximum precision possible.
Vectra 3D Imaging
There are many factors influencing the outcome of a rhinoplasty, and these are discussed at the consultation. They include healing characteristics, the thickness of skin over the nose, how other aspects of facial appearance influence the nasal appearance, the difficulty of correcting asymmetry, and hereditary factors.
The nose will look different immediately after surgery. Whilst most of the swelling will disappear within two months, the actual healing process takes a full year. Some sensation of the nasal skin is reduced, which is of no consequence, but may feel disconcerting for a while.
ARC Plastic Surgeons often use the Vectra 3D photographic imaging system as part of their consultation. The sophisticated software allows the surgeon to make changes to the appearance of the patient’s 3D pictures, to ensure that they are all working to the same outcome.