About Rhinoplasty

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the art of reshaping the nose, the goal of the operation is to improve the shape and function of the nose.

What is the definition of a beautiful nose?

For me a beautiful nose is the nose that “fits” your face; which means it should look natural and in harmony with all your other facial features.

What is the best age for rhinoplasty?

There is no “best” age for rhinoplasty except in exceptional circumstances such as in cases of sever trauma or breathing problems so you can’t operate on a nose which is still growing so you have to wait till the nose is fully developed before planning any rhinoplasty. This is to avoid the need for another surgery later on which involves more expanses, discomfort and difficulty as revision surgery is always more difficult than primary surgery.Usually the nose is fully developed by the age of 15 in girls and 17 in boys.

How can rhinoplasty effect breathing?

Ideally nasal airway reconstruction should be an integral part of any rhinoplasty, as the operation is considered successful only when the patient will look better and breath better after surgery.

What about the procedure itself?

Rhinoplasty can be done under general or local anesthesia, it takes an hour and a half on average and the patient is discharged on the same day of surgery or next morning.A fairly major surgery,rhinoplasty requires an initial recovery period of about 10-14 days.

What should the patient expect in the postoperative period?

Your nose will be covered by a nasal splint and there may be a small pack in the nose (if you had nasal airway surgery), this pack is removed the next morning. You wil be advised to sleep with the head of the bed raised for 3 days to avoid facial swelling.

When can the patients resume their daily activities?

One week after surgery the nasal splint is removed, your nose will be a little puffy but you will be able to return to work. You should avoid wearing eyeglasses or getting involved in contact sports to avoid any accidental trauma to the nose.

What is the success rate of rhinoplasty?

The success rate depends on many factors; some are related to the patient’s healing criteria and post operative care and whether the nose was previously operated or not. However, the main factor in success rate depends on the surgeon’s experience.

Can the patient have rhinoplasty more than once?

The best chance to get a perfect result is on your first surgery because all the anatomy is preserved and the tissues are fresh and healing is better. Revision cases are technically much more difficult to handle and only an expert rhinoplasty surgeon can improve their complex aesthetic and functional problems.