What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is one of the more common cosmetic surgery procedures currently available. It involves the reshaping of the nose and nasal passages for two purposes – improving nasal functionality and enhancing aesthetic quality.
Dr Peter Randle is a leading provider of cosmetic surgery in Perth. Given his background and extensive qualifications, he is one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons in WA. If you’re considering rhinoplasty in Perth, Dr Randle is the specialist you’ve been looking for.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty can be used to alter both the size and shape of the nose. Here are a few of the specific applications of this procedure:
- Change the overall size of the nose
- Change the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose
- Decrease nostril span
- Remove a hump in the nose
- Enhance the nasal symmetry
- Improve the proportional relationship between the nose and upper lip
There are many factors to take into account when performing rhinoplasty, and it’s important that the procedure be personalised to suit the patient’s specific nasal structure and composition. Cartilage, nasal bones, skin thickness, face shape and age are all important variables.
With that in mind, it’s essential that rhinoplasty only be conducted after a thorough consultation with a specialist like Dr Randle. Your surgeon will discuss with you the potential risks and benefits to ensure that you’ve been fully informed. This will also give you an aesthetic understanding of what it takes to create a more attractive nose that is ideally suited to your face.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Process
Reshaping the nose is a delicate process that requires the skill oversight of an expert surgeon. The process is accomplished by making narrow incisions inside of the nose. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to place the incision on the thin strip of skin between nostrils. In either case, these incisions usually heal exceptionally well and are difficult to detect after a few months.
In the event that the patient has a severe deformity – such as extremely flared nostrils – it may also be necessary to make an incision on the outside of the nose.
External incisions may also be necessary if the patient has had a previous rhinoplasty. It should be noted that incisions made on the outside of the nose are usually placed in the natural folds of the skin near the base of the nose and nostril. This serves to conceal any minute scars that may develop.
Finally, grafts taken from the ribs or ears can be used in reconstruction, which may also be discussed during the consultation process.
What is the recovery for rhinoplasty surgery?
Advancements made in modern medicine have dramatically reduced the risks associated with surgical procedures and minimised the time needed to recover. However, it should be noted that all surgical procedures carry a minimal level of risks, and these will be discussed during your consultation.
During the recovery, cotton wadding or, in some cases, soft plastic splints, may be placed inside of the nose to stabilise the septum. A splint will also be applied along the length of the nose to help it maintain its new shape.
The healing process following rhinoplasty requires some patience, as it’s a gradual process. Your surgeon will advise on how you best navigate the recovery process.