Facts about Total Nasal Surgery (Reduction) / Nose Reconstruction

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The nose is the most prominent feature of the face and in some cases is such an overwhelming feature of the face that the individual feels that the entire nose needs to be altered.  In such a case total nasal surgery (reduction), or nose reconstruction is needed. 

Am I a candidate for total nasal surgery (reduction) or nose reconstruction?

If you are a healthy individual above the age of sixteen years of age and are unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your nose, then you may very well be a candidate for total nasal surgery (reduction)/nose reconstruction.

What does total nasal surgery (reduction)/nose reconstruction entail?

You will be placed under general anaesthetic so that you are asleep during the procedure.  The surgeon will make an incision inside the nasal cavity to minimise scarring.  If there is a humped shape to the bridge of the nose a small saw will be used to smooth the contours of the bridge of the nose.  The surgeon will generally sculpt the nostrils by removing small wedges of tissue as the base of the nose can look disproportionate once the hump is removed.

The tip of the nose may be lifted by reshaping the cartilage.  This improves the angle of the nose when viewed in profile.  Excess bone, cartilage and tissue will be removed as necessary.  Once the surgeon is happy with the appearance of the nose he will suture the incisions closed and will place a splint across the nose to support it.

Will I experience any pain after a total nasal surgery (reduction)/nose reconstruction entail?

You will experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort during the first week or two after the surgery, but this can easily be controlled with pain medication.  Pain after surgery is a perfectly normal side effect but will fade over time as the body heals.

How long will it take to recover from total nasal surgery (reduction)/nose reconstruction?

The recovery period can take up to six weeks, with the patient able to return to work after the first week.  Pain and discomfort will gradually fade, but the final results of the surgery can take up to six months.

Will there be any scarring after total nasal surgery (reduction)/nose reconstruction?

Any surgical procedure is going to leave some sort of mark as this is a natural part of the body’s healing process.  Incisions are made in such a way that they are placed inside the nasal cavity or in the natural creases where the nose meets the cheek or the top lip and so should be inconspicuous.  Scars may be red at first but will gradually fade over the next six months.  The final appearance of the scar can take up to two years to fade to a thin white line.

What are the risks and side effects of total nasal surgery (reduction)/nose reconstruction?

Any surgical procedure has some inherent risks, though thanks to modern medicine they are minimal.  Some of the possible risks include bleeding, bruising, swelling, pain, infection, scarring, numbness, slow wound healing and broken blood vessels.