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About Nasal Surgery

rhinoplasty 02 updatedThese include procedures which reshape the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing humps, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the width of the nostrils, or changing the angle between the nose and upper lip.

Where breathing anomalies exist these are frequently corrected simultaneously.

Duration:

Surgery takes between one and three hours

Anesthesia:

Typically, general anaesthesia. For minor nasal tip corrections, sedation with local anaesthesia may be used.

Inpatient/Outpatient:

This is an generally an outpatient procedure however more extensive or complex nasal surgery may require overnight admission.

Side Effects:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising around the eyes
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Nasal stuffiness.

Risks:

  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Incomplete correction (may require additional surgery)
  • Surface irregularities

Recovery:

  • Patients may return to work after 3-7 days, depending on the nature of the procedure.
  • Strenuous activities may be resumed after two to three weeks.
  • Sun exposure is to be avoided for 4 months.
  • The final results will be visible between 6 and 12 months after surgery. This is due to prolonged swelling which relates to the time required for re-establishment of lymphatic drainage pathways.
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