A nose job is a highly customisable procedure that can change your nose shape and breathing. Dr Turner will create a unique plan with your needs and wishes in mind.
When it comes to planning, its better to not go in with an exact nose in mind. While it can be great to show Dr Turner some celebrity noses that you like, it’s much more important to have a result that is 100% suited to your exact face shape.
Whether your concerns are asymmetry, humps, or depressions in your nose, a nose surgery like rhinoplasty may improve it. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are many different types of nasal procedures available, which makes it crucial to consult with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
While it is a very common procedure, rhinoplasty is actually considered to be one of the most difficult types of plastic surgery. It’s a very intricate job and one small mistake can seriously alter your appearance and potentially, functionality. This is why it is absolutely essential to get a highly experienced plastic surgeon who has expertise in rhinoplasty surgeries.
During your consultation, you will get a clear picture of what to expect from a nose job. Dr Turner will explain each aspect of the procedure and recovery. Best of all, thanks to 3D imaging technology, you can get a close-up view of what your potential new nose would look like on your face.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look.
If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, it is important that you are:
• Are at least 16 years old
• Have finished facial growth
• Are generally healthy
• Do not smoke
• Are seeking rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others
• Have realistic goals for the procedure
• Removal of a prominent hump and narrow the bony width at the bridge
• Refine the nasal tip
• Narrowing of the nasal base
• Reduce nostril width
• Correct asymmetry or deviations
• Relieve breathing problems
Using the 3D Vectra imaging system, patients will be able to see what changes are realistic and achievable. These simulations can often help patients describe the results they want and the changes they would like to avoid.
The operation can take between 3-4 hours and the patient is often fine to go home the same day. A small splint is required for a week to support and protect the bones while they set in their new position. Most bruising subsides 3-4 weeks post-surgery and most patients report a little pain and discomfort but this is easily controlled with pain medication. Although some results will be seen when the cast is removed, it takes about 12 months before the final result can be fully appreciated.
Everyone has a slightly different rhinoplasty experience so you’ll want to listen to your doctor’s recommendations for your exact procedure.
Generally speaking, though, you can expect to wake up with a small splint on your nose. This will be in place for up to two weeks to ensure that your nose heals perfectly. Within the splint, you’ll also have a couple of tiny splints in your nostrils that you’ll have to keep in place for a week. Basically, this is all to say that you’ll want to plan on being home for about two weeks during the healing process.
People often ask me if nose jobs hurt. Fortunately, the answer is no. Nose jobs are pretty painless. The doctor will give you a pain relief pill for the first couple of days and then over-the-counter medicine will be more than enough to deal with any discomfort.
Another surprising thing about nose jobs is that it takes a while to see the results. The swelling slowly goes down over time and your new nose gradually takes its shape over the course of several months.
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with rhinoplasty surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.
In a small but significant number of cases (about 10%) both the patient and surgeon feel the shape of the nose after six months is not quite that which was intended. A second procedure (revision rhinoplasty) may be called for. It is important to remember that the revision surgery cannot be carried out immediately, the nose has to be allowed to settle before further surgery is safe or desirable.
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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You will need to wait two weeks or more after surgery before you can resume moderate exercise, to avoid increasing nasal swelling. Resume with gentle exercise only at first, to assist full rhinoplasty recovery as soon as possible as your swelling decreases over time.
The appearance of bruising during nose job recovery depends on the method of surgery used, for example whether the nasal bones were fractured. The average period will be up to 10 days of facial bruising after rhinoplasty.
Major swelling subsides over three weeks, but minor swelling may last 12 months. Sometimes at 6 weeks we can inject a small amount of steroids to help resolve the swelling more quickly.
Dr Turner does not recommend rhinoplasty for patients under the age of 16. It is important that your natural facial features have fully developed prior to undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure.
Surgery to refine the appearance of the nose is best done after a young person has finished growing. This usually means around the age of 17. At the other end of the spectrum, nasal surgery can be done at any age as long as you are in good health.
Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.
The first few days after surgery are generally the most painful, particularly when you are moving around or coughing. You will be prescribed pain medication during this period. It is also normal to feel tired and a little slow for a day or two after an anaesthetic. You will have a splint on your nose to maintain its shape during the healing process. Swelling and bruising around the eyes will be noticeable within the first 24 hours after surgery. Ice packs over the eyes will help reduce the swelling. Care should be taken not to wet the splint.