Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is an operation to enhance the appearance of the nose and/or improve its function. It is usually performed for purely cosmetic reasons, which includes changing the shape and proportions of the nose. However, it is also done for medical purposes, such as to treat breathing problems and repair deformities caused by injuries or birth defects.
Nose surgery involves reconstructing the nose’s bone, cartilage or skin, depending on the patient’s facial anatomy, health and desired results, and the surgeon’s assessment. No two cases are alike, and each patient will have a customized treatment plan specially crafted for him or her.
A rhinoplasty is typically performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia, depending on the plastic surgeon’s preference and the complexity of the operation itself. Generally, the process involves creating a small incision at the base between the nostrils or inside the nose to access and readjust the bone and cartilage underneath. Implants, or bones and cartilage harvested from other parts of the body, may be used to restructure the nose.
There are two main approaches to nose surgery:
Considered the most common and least invasive approach to nose surgery, closed or endonasal rhinoplasty involves accessing the bone and cartilage through incisions created inside the nostrils, which results in no visible external scars and less numbness and irritation post-surgery.
The operation duration and its subsequent recovery period is much quicker compared to the open approach. The procedure, however, is more complicated.
In this approach, a 4-5mm incision is created at the columella, the bridge at the base of the nose that separates the right and left nostrils. The skin will then be folded up to access the bone and cartilage below.
Though more invasive, open rhinoplasty is considered more effective in treating more serious cases such as disfigurements because of the better visibility it provides to the surgeon. The recovery period will be longer than in closed rhinoplasties, and may cause temporary swelling and bruising. It may also leave a visible scar, which should fade overtime.
Other procedures used to enhance the shape of the nose include filler rhinoplasty, where fillers are injected to make minimal improvements or correct minor issues with the nose. However, the effects of this treatment are not permanent.
In Singapore, a rhinoplasty is commonly done by those who prefer a permanent solution, compared to nose fillers and threads which are suitable for minor improvements but need to be re-done every 10 months. Silicone implants and autologous cartilage, which refers to tissues harvested from other body parts such as the ear, are the most popular solutions for bridge augmentation in the country.
Nose surgery in Singapore is performed to improve aesthetics and functionality. If it is done to treat breathing problems or deformities from trauma and congenital defects, the procedure may be covered by Medisave and insurance. For more information on getting a rhinoplasty in Singapore, consult experienced plastic surgeon, Dr Leo Kah Woon, at 6733 3895 today.