Nose reshaping surgery involves reshaping various aspects of the nose. A detailed preoperative discussion is done to determine the various aspects of the nose which an individual is unhappy with. Mr Ghosh also performs septo-rhinoplasties (surgery to realign the nasal septum).
Who would consider a nose job?
The shape of a person’s nose is largely an inherited characteristic. The shape is determined by the bone and cartilage which make up the skeleton of the nose, over which the skin is draped. Some people are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. Injury can also lead to an unsightly appearance. Rhinoplasty is not an effective treatment for snoring or for sleep apnoea. The nose doesn’t stop growing and changing until age 16 and it is therefore inadvisable to consider surgery before this.
What is involved in the operation?
The underlying bone and cartilage need to be adjusted. Small cuts are made on the inside of the nose or in the skin under the nose. This allows the surgeon to reach the bone and cartilage under the skin and to reduce or reshape as required. The bridge of the nose, the nostrils and the tip of the nose may also all be adjusted. In some situations areas of the nose need to be built up. This is known as an augmentation rhinoplasty, using bone, cartilage or synthetic materials. Bone can be taken from another area of the body such as the hip or ribs. Cartilage may be taken from the ear or from another part of the nose. Many cases are performed under a general anaesthetic which means that the patient is asleep during the procedure. In some situations a local anaesthetic can be used which means that the patient remains conscious. Some light sedation might also be used in this situation. It may be possible to have the surgery as a day case, avoiding the need for an overnight stay in hospital.
For more extensive surgery, some patients may need to stay for one or two nights. If you decide on surgery you will be required to undergo some simple health checks and photos will be taken to record the shape of your nose before surgery. You will be asked to sign a consent form giving permission for the operation. This requires that you are aware of the risks and complications involved with the procedure.
*Results will vary from person to person and a thorough in-depth consultation will first take place.