Plastic Surgery

A Finer, More Refined Nose (Rhinoplasty)

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        [name] => Dr Colin Tham
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        [address] => Asia HealthPartners (Aesthetics)
    304 Orchard Road
    #05-06 Lucky Plaza
    Singapore 238863
    Tel: 6235 8411
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        [specialization] => Plastic Surgeon
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  • November 1, 2023
  • 1 minute read

Rhinoplasty — the medical term for what most people know as a ‘nose job’ — is an intricate surgical procedure that changes the shape and structure of the nose. It’s a procedure that marries form and function; not only can it improve the aesthetic appeal of the nose, but it can also rectify breathing problems.

The Medical Perspective

Rhinoplasty can serve as a solution to various medical issues. For instance, a deviated septum, where the nasal septum is misaligned, leading to one nasal passage being smaller than the other, can cause chronic sinusitis, sleep apnoea, and difficulty in breathing. Rhinoplasty can correct these issues, improving respiratory function and overall health.

The Aesthetic Perspective

On the aesthetic front, rhinoplasty enhances the nose’s appearance. Reshaping a bulbous tip, reducing the size of large nostrils, smoothing out a prominent hump, or altering the angle between the nose and the upper lip are all achievable through this procedure. By improving facial symmetry, cosmetic rhinoplasty can provide a significant confidence boost.

Getting a Rhinoplasty: What to Anticipate

  • The Pre-Surgery Stage
    Before the procedure, the surgeon will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations, evaluate your medical history, perform a physical examination, and may order lab tests if necessary. They may also take photographs of your nose from different angles to help plan the surgery.
  • The Surgery Stage
    The plastic surgeon makes careful incisions during the surgery to access the bones and cartilage of the nose. These incisions are selected to ensure that post-surgical scarring will not be prominently visible. Depending on the desired outcome, the surgeon may remove some bone and cartilage, or insert tissue and other supporting structures into the nose.
  • The Post-Surgery Stage
    After the surgery, you may need to wear a nasal pack or splint for the first week. You can expect some swelling and bruising around the eyes, which should begin to subside after the third day. It can take up to two weeks for the initial bruising and swelling to disappear.

It’s important to understand that while rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence, it won’t necessarily bring about drastic changes in your life or how others perceive you. Having realistic expectations and discussing them with your surgeon is key.

Recovery and Results

The recovery process after rhinoplasty varies from person to person. Although the initial swelling and bruising may resolve within a few weeks, it can take up to a year for your nose to completely settle into its final form. During this time, you will notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose. Regular follow-ups with your surgeon are essential to ensure the nose is healing correctly.

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