Rhinoplasty is an operation that shapes the nose, and can be important in helping your breathing. A rhinoplasty aims to alter the appearance of your nose and address airway/breathing concerns.
Most people who are interested in this procedure have trouble breathing through one or both nostrils, or are concerned with their nose appearance. A rhinoplasty can alter a hump on the top of the nose, make the nose wider or narrower, or reshape the tip of the nose. Dr Marc will discuss your treatment with you and target your treatment towards your individual needs.
In rare cases, rhinoplasty may result in a narrowing of the nasal passage, leading to difficulty breathing through the nose. This complication can affect airflow and require additional treatment or revision surgery to address.
Nasal Septal Perforation:
The nasal septum, which separates the two nasal cavities internally, can rarely become perforated as a complication of rhinoplasty. This can result in symptoms such as wheezing, recurrent nosebleeds, dryness, and a feeling of nasal obstruction. Treatment may involve surgical repair of the perforation.
Problems with Skin Sensation:
Damage to branches of the sensory nerves that supply the skin around the nose can occur during rhinoplasty, leading to altered sensation in the area. This may manifest as numbness, increased sensitivity, or changes in tactile perception. In most cases, these issues resolve over time, but in some instances, they may be permanent.
The nose is a complex and delicate structure, and achieving the desired aesthetic outcome is not always guaranteed. Rarely, the final result of rhinoplasty may not meet your expectations. In such cases, a revision rhinoplasty may be necessary to address any cosmetic concerns and achieve the desired shape and appearance of the nose.
What scars will I have?
The scars you will have depend on whether you have a closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty. A closed rhinoplasty uses scars that are hidden inside the nostril, making them minimally visible. An open rhinoplasty uses some similar scars, but also has one on the skin between the nostrils. As a fully trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Marc Seifman is experienced in techniques that aim to both minimise any scarring, as well as hide the scarring as much as possible.
What is the difference between a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty?
A rhinoplasty treats the bones on the nose, whereas a septoplasty treats the cartilage in the middle of the nose. Depending on what your concerns are, you may need one or the other, or a combination of both. Marc Seifman is happy to discuss your treatment priorities with you and target your treatment towards your individual goals.