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What is a Rhinoplasty?

Nose specialist, Sarah Little explains:

What is a Rhinoplasty?


What is a Rhinoplasty?  ‘Rhino’ is the Latin word for nose and ‘plasty’ means to shape it – so it is an operation to reshape your nose.


Patients come to see me, either because they want to change the shape of their nose – because they aren’t happy with it, or because they need to improve the function, usually because of breathing problems and sometime pain, or a combination of both.

I usually meet patients at least twice, before they have an operation. The first time we meet, I like to get an outline of what your goals are from surgery and what’s important to you. Then I like to examine you and work out where the problems are. During the first consultation, we usually discuss how we might be able to achieve what the you are looking for. Initially, this will be a broad outline about what the surgery would entail. We look at the different approaches that might be possible for you as an individual, and usually we’ll go through some of the logistical things about the recovery process and most importantly, about some of the risks of surgery.

With recovery during the first week, I like people just to have a quiet time at home. It’s a good idea to sleep with a few extra pillows. Ideally, you should sit up at about 45 degrees as this helps the swelling. Most people would need the first week off work. Towards the end of the first week, you can start to do some work at home. If you’ve got a job that allows you to work from home you can do that during the second week if you’d like to. Try to avoid any commuting or being in places where there are lots of people around, such as supermarkets, parties or pubs. This is important because we don’t want you to pick up an infection in the early days. It’s a good idea to have a quiet time at home for the first few days to let all the swelling settle down. After about seven days, I like to see you back in the clinic and we’ll take the stitches and the dressings away. At that point, you should begin to start to feel your breathing will be a little bit easier.


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