Dr Darryl Hodgkinson has more than 30 years of experience as a plastic surgeon specialising in rhinoplasty surgery. Here he gives you the facts about nose reshaping surgery. FACT: The results of a rhinoplast...Continue Reading
Nose Reduction Surgery
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About The Procedure
There are many situations where a person may feel self-conscious about the size of their nose, which creates embarrassment or a plain dislike of their reflection. Rhinoplasty is a procedure which can help rectify this as it can reshape or reduce the size of the nose.
Rhinoplasty involves modifying the bones and cartilage of the nose. This allows the skin of the nose to adapt itself to the new shape with time while also changing the shape and overall aesthetic of the patient’s face to create a more desirable or youthful look.
Why people consider a nose reduction
The nose plays a vital role in our body image. Facial features are strongly associated with the shape of the nose, and when someone perceives something is wrong with their nose, it can cause anxiety and lack of self-confidence. Most people are quite young when they visit Dr. Hodgkinson seeking a nose reduction. They want their nose to have a more pleasing appearance and to harmonise with their overall facial profile.
Rhinoplasty can be considered as one of the most artistic of all procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Some sections of the nose can be made smaller or narrower as is usually the case in a nose reduction, while other parts can be made more substantial and more projecting. Humps on the bridge can be removed, tips can be reshaped, and the angle between the nose and upper lip increased.
It is essential to ensure that a nose reduction remains ethnically appropriate, fitting in with the person’s ethnic profile. In Caucasians, the nose reduction procedure often involves reducing the bony hump, which makes the nose look long and too prominent, especially from a side or oblique view.
The nose reduction process
Working on flimsy nose cartilage can be quite delicate. Dr. Hodgkinson often likens this procedure to working with wet corn flakes. Two approaches to the nasal bones and cartilages are used, either ‘closed’ (without any external scars) or ‘open’ with a small external scar in the columella between the top of the lip and the tip of the nose. This scar generally heals well, and it is practically unnoticeable, even in the early post-operative period.
The open procedure also enables Dr. Hodgkinson to work more accurately with the flimsy, distorted nasal cartilages in difficult nasal tip problems. The disadvantage of the open procedure is more post-operative swelling which takes several weeks or months to resolve.
The difference between rhinoplasty and a nose job
When it comes to the nose job and rhinoplasty procedure, the terms are often interchangeable, which can create some confusion, often created by media terms and public opinion.
Rhinoplasty that has been performed in a way that creates an obviously “operated-on” look often leads to the tag of someone having a ‘nose job.’ This occurs when a large amount of tissue has been taken out of the tip of the nose. This is why when having a nose reduction; it is crucial that there is not too high of a reduction to the dorsum or bridge of the nose. Along with this, it is vital to avoid an inappropriate repositioning of the nasal bones.
Rhinoplasty, or a nose reduction, if done correctly, can be a satisfying procedure which creates a newfound beauty in the face, improving the patient’s profile. It can also help to solve any breathing problems at the same time. To ensure you receive a natural look, Dr. Hodgkinson will work with you to create a result that is harmonious with the rest of your facial features. Balance is the key with any surgery, and a natural outcome will avoid any possible criticism of a “nose job.” Males after rhinoplasty are seen by others to be more attractive, successful and have greater leadership ability.
Dr. Hodgkinson’s approach to a nose reduction
Dr. Hodgkinson believes the results of a nose reduction procedure should last a lifetime and should only be performed once. The correct aesthetic of a nose reduction should be suitable and individualised for each patient. This is why Dr. Hodgkinson spends a notable amount of time interacting with his patients about his or her desires to accomplish the best result.
While a nose reduction is a procedure that aims to reshape the nose to provide a gratifying look, it is vital that your chosen surgeon has the experience and skills to not only perform the operation but also ensure the nose is in harmony with other facial features, particularly in profile view.
Well-performed nose reduction procedures should also be ethnically suitable and individualised to your other facial features, looking natural without any obvious evidence of surgery. The “nose job look” stereotypically features a nose reduction that has gone too far and too small for the face.
Nose reduction surgery reshapes tissues, bones, and cartilage, and part of the restorative process includes the skin of the nose readjusting itself to the new shape. Dr. Hodgkinson aims to create a desirable look for both men and women via the nose reduction procedure.
Why Dr. Hodgkinson is the best option for your nose reduction
Dr. Hodgkinson is notably experienced in all facets of the nose reduction procedure, and the Cosmetic & Restorative Surgery Clinic in Double Bay includes all of the most advanced equipment available along with an expert team.
In fact, Dr Hodgkinson is only 1 of 2 Australian surgeons that has been accepted into The Rhinoplasty Society and the only surgeon in New South Wales. This society consists of top Surgeons throughout the World who specialise in Rhinoplasty and to be accepted surgeons must go through an extensive vetting process in order to be part of this non-profit organization.
With over 30 years of practice in facial cosmetic plastic surgery, Dr. Hodgkinson has spoken about the nose reduction procedure all over the world. As an expert in aesthetic rhinoplasty, Dr. Hodgkinson has completed thousands of rhinoplasty surgical procedures and is unmatched in his expertise, experience, and communication skills. He is well known for his ability to artistically assess all facial features to decide which is the right path forward to craft a nose that is beautiful, harmonious, and looks natural to the face.
When will I be able to return to work?
A nose reduction causes minimal discomfort for the majority of our patients with recovery, often taking around seven to ten days to heal. Most activities can be resumed within two weeks, with contact sports allowed after six weeks.
Patients often feel quite tired immediately after surgery and will require a splint across the nose for around seven days followed by paper tape for a few more weeks. The healing and recovery process, along with the details about your procedure, will be well-explained to you by our team before commencing so that you are completely comfortable with everything required. Feel free to ask any questions at any point and remember that our experienced team is on-hand to assist you during your entire recovery process with whatever you need.
What are the risks of nose reduction surgery?
While there are associated risks with all surgical procedures, it is important to note that Dr. Hodgkinson has performed thousands of nose reductions and guarantees the highest levels of safety and care with every procedure.
That being said, it is crucial to still be aware of any potential risks, which in the case of a nose reduction can include:
- Haematoma formation
- Issues with the anaesthetic such as deep vein thrombosis
- Reduced sense of smell
- Visible swelling over several months
- Loss of structural support
- Perforation of the septum
- Excessive pain
- Altered nasal sensation
- Airway obstruction
These listed problems are extremely rare, and any incisions required for the procedure are inconspicuous. Scarring will fade or diminish with time.