Aesthetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) or nose reshaping surgery is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in Turkey and the world. Nose is the central feature of your face and many people may regard as too big or too small or have some other feature which they dislike. Rhinoplasty can reduce or enlarge the size of the nose, change the shape of the nasal tip or bridge, narrow the width of the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. At the same time it can correct a defect due to injury or congenital disorder or resolve inhaling problems via Septoplasty. You may think of the nose as the roof of a house. In order to straighten it and bring its bridge closer to the face, its ridge is cut away. Then, to restore a new ridge, the two sides of the nose are brought together by cutting the bones of the nose where they join onto the cheekbones. It is also possible to shorten the nose or slim down a bulky tip. Sometimes the size and shape of your nose is influenced by other features on your face such as chin and cheek bones, therefore it may be advisable to normalize the proportions of these features through other alterations either at the same time with rhinoplasty or during a separate procedure. You will have an opportunity to discuss this with your Longevita plastic surgeon who will provide guidance and explain your options.
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Rhinoplasty at a Glance
PROCEDURE: Reduce or enlarge the size of the nose, change the shape of the nasal tip or belt, narrow the width of the nostrils or change the angle between nose and the upper lip LENGTH: 1 or 2 hours ANESTHESIA: General or local IN/OUTPATIENT: Usually Inpatient SIDE EFFECTS: Swelling , stuffiness , temporary loss of sense of smell , bleeding RISK: Occasionally secondary correction may be required, infection RECOVERY: 72 hours to 10 days RESULT LASTS: Permanent
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty improves the look and proportion of the patient’s nose, enhancing facial harmony and self esteem. Nose surgery may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose. It is recommended to wait until 14 or 15 years old, and possibly older for boys, before undergoing rhinoplasty as the nose may not be fully developed at a young age. There is no upper age limit for nose surgery. Rhinoplasty can be performed in conjunction with a facelift or other rejuvenation procedures to correct ageing of the nose. Certain breathing problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected while nose surgery is performed.
How Nose Job is Performed
Cosmetic nose surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthesia depending on the size of the nose, patient’s and surgeon’s preferences. Moderate sedation is used on local anaesthesia which numbs the nose and the surrounding area. Patient is awake during the procedure, but will have a comfortable and painless surgery. Patient sleeps when general anaesthesia is applied.
Aesthetic nose surgery usually takes an hour or two. During surgery, nose skin, bone and cartilage will be devoted from the roof of nose. Process of reshaping the nose differs depending on the technique applied and the current problems surrounding the shape of the nose. The skin will be adapted to newly created nose roof.
Most of the plastic surgeons perform the aesthetic nose surgery inside of the nose. Some of them, especially in complicated cases, would prefer an open technique. They make a small incision on vertical strip of tissue (columella) which separates the nostrils. When the surgery is completed, a plaster splint will be applied to the patient’s nose in order to help retain the new shape of the nose. Bumpers or soft plastic devices can be placed into the nose to secure the septum, the part that separates the two air paths.
Results of Nose Surgery
During the first 24 hours after surgery, the patient feels her face is swollen. It is normal to have pain on the nose and the head area. Painkiller prescribed by the surgeon can soften the patient’s discomfort. The patient should lie down on the bed with her head up. Bruising and swelling around the eyes becomes most prominent after 2 or 3 days. Application of cold compresses reduces swelling and makes patient feel a little better. Most of the swelling and bruising disappears within the first few weeks. Patients generally stand up in two days after cosmetic nose surgery and they can return to school or business life one week after surgery though they are advised not to be too active in this period. In general, activities that require intense exercise (running, swimming, gymnastics, movements that raise patient’s blood pressure) should be avoided for two to three weeks. Day after day, patient’s nose will begin to look better and patient’s self-esteem will rise gradually. Patient will not look like as if they have just undergone a new surgery. However, healing would still be slow and a gradual progressive process.
Limitations of Nose Surgery
There are some limits with the amount of change that can happen with rhinoplasty. These are the length and the width of the nose (narrowed or widened), and techniques that can be performed. It is very significant to make sure that the nose balances with itself and rest of the face. It is impossible to take a very large nose and make it very small and still have it look well shaped, balanced, and matching with the person’s face.
Risks of Nose Surgery
Complications of aesthetic nose surgery are rare and usually minor when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon. Nonetheless, there is always a possibility of complication. These may be infections, bleeding or reaction to anaesthesia. After surgery, cracked small capillaries on the surface of the skin may occur in the form of very fine red spots. Since cosmetic nose surgery is performed inside the nose, there is usually no visible scar. However, when open technique is used or narrowing of the wide nostrils is necessary, very small and thin scars may appear on the base of the nose. Second surgery may be required in 1 of each 10 cases. It is not possible to predict, and even the most skilled and experienced surgeons may need to perform second surgery. The corrective surgery is a simple one compared to the initial surgery.
Contraindications of Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty can not be applied to every patient. Contraindications to rhinoplasty include severe co morbid circumstances (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, wound healing disorder, excessive scarring, excessive cigarette smoking, pregnancy, history of thromboembolic disease). Patients with inappropriate motivations for seeking rhinoplasty and unrealistic expectations are discouraged from undergoing a rhinoplasty.
Nose Surgery FAQ
How many times did your surgeon perform rhinoplasty?
Most of Longevita surgeons have performed over 5,000 procedures which include a great number of rhinoplasty procedures. Some of our very experienced cosmetic surgeons have performed more than 15,000 procedures.
Are there any risks or complications after the procedure?
Complications of rhinoplasty are not common but the following may occasionally occur; infection, bruising, numbness, anesthetics reaction, nose bleed, swelling and possible rhinoplasty revision.
When am I going to return to my daily routine and activities?
Swelling and bruising will be gone within few weeks. Patients usually get out of bed in two days after rhinoplasty procedures. You can get back to your working routine one week after the surgery but you should avoid strenuous activity. The activities that need extra effort like swimming, jogging, and working out should be cut off for two to three weeks after the procedure.
Nose Surgery Doctors in Turkey
Longevita doctors have degrees from top medical schools, who are specialists in their fields, experienced in treating international patients, and recognized by international professional associations. Longevita’s specialist doctors are certified by international bodies. Check out their CVs, brochures, videos, before and after gallery and testimonials.
Prof. Dr. Fuat Yuksel
- Experience: 24 years
- Specialties: Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 15,000
- Nationalities Treated: American, British, European, Middle Eastern and Asian
- Memberships: Turkish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Turkish Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
- Languages: English, Turkish
- Favourite Hobbies: Soccer, Swimming, Jazz
Dr. Aret Cerci Ozkan
- Experience: 10 years
- Specialities: Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 2,000
- Nationalities Treated: Turkish , Armenian, German, Russian
- Memberships: Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- Languages: Turkish, English, Armenian
- Favourite Hobbies: Sculpturing with Clay, Playing Piano and Violoncello, Collecting Vintage and Antique Objects
Dr. Erdal Tugsel
- Experience: 28 years
- Specialities: Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 4,000
- Nationalities Treated: Turkish , European, British, American, Canadian, Middle Eastern, Australian
- Memberships: Turkish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Turkish Medical Association
- Languages: Turkish, English
- Favourite Hobbies: Reading, Football, Tennis
Dr. Resat Altug Aktas
- Experience : 10 years
- Specialties: Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 3,000 cases
- Nationalities Treated: Turkish, British, European, Arabic, Middle Eastern and Asian
- Memberships: Turkish Medical Association
- Languages: English and Turkish
- Favourite Hobbies: Orienteering, Crossfit and Photography
Daily Schedule of Nose Surgery
Although it may vary from patient to patient, here’s a typical schedule of rhinoplasty experience in Turkey:
First Day of Nose Surgery
You arrive at the hospital in the morning to meet your doctor in person. Longevita plastic surgeon will explain you the procedure in detail and examine you before he advises the new shape of your nose as well as nostrils that would fit you best. You will have an opportunity to discuss the details of rhinoplasty and expectations from your surgery. If you would like to proceed, you will be asked to pay your remaining balance and sign consent forms. You will then have your tests and checks to confirm your suitability for surgery. The procedure usually lasts for one to two hours. Within an hour after surgery, anaesthesia will ease and you will regain consciousness. Your doctor performs initial check-up and you stay at the hospital on the first night of surgery.
Most of rhinoplasty patients require temperature face mask after the procedure in order to soften the tissues as well as prevent bruising and swelling. You’ll be given a pressurized face mask after the procedure.
If you have a breathing problem on your nose, you can also have septoplasty procedure as a part of your rhinoplasty operation. You can discuss this condition with Longevita plastic surgeon before the procedure.
Second Day of Nose Surgery
This will be the healing and rehabilitation day for you. Your doctor will perform the second check up in the morning before your discharge from the hospital. You will be advised on your medication and provided instructions on the dressing routine. You will stay in your hotel room and rest as much as possible for the remaining of the day.
(In some occasions, patient may stay one more night in the hospital as in Day 2 due to doctor’s decision.)
Third Day of Nose Surgery
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your third day. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for dinner. You may also choose a sightseeing or city tour which includes cultural and historical places as well. Please ask Longevita case manager to arrange a suitable schedule for you.
Fourth Day of Nose Surgery
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your fourth day. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for dinner. You may also choose a sightseeing or city tour which includes cultural and historical places as well. Please ask Longevita case manager to arrange a suitable schedule for you.
Fifth Day of Nose Surgery
You are advised to continue resting on your fifth day. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for dinner at one of the best restaurants of Istanbul. You may also choose a sightseeing or city tour which includes cultural and historical places as well. Please ask Longevita case manager to arrange a suitable schedule including city/sightseeing tour, restaurant reservations and Bosphorus ferry tours.
Sixth Day of Nose Surgery
You visit Longevita plastic surgeon’s private practice for final check-up as removal of nasal bandage, stitches and change of dressing. Your doctor advises you further on medication and the types of activities you can get involved in over the course of your recovery period. You will be ready to go back home after your sixth day in Turkey.
Nose Surgery Pre-Operative Instructions
• You should inform your surgeon about your routine medication and health history
• You should avoid Aspirin or any products containing aspirin as well as Ibuprofen and Naproxen sodium anti-inflammatory medications at least two weeks before surgery
• You should quit smoking two weeks before the surgery and do not be around smokers
Nose Surgery Post-Operative Instructions
• There will be pain on your nose area for the first 3-4 days. Take your pain medication before the pain becomes too severe
• Some bruising and swelling is normal. It is expected to take between 3-6 months to see final results
• You should apply cold compresses on the operative area for 15 minutes, off for 15 minutes as needed for the first 24-48 hours
Disclaimer: This page is designed to supply useful information but is not to be regarded as advice specific to any particular case. It does not replace the need for a thorough consultation and all prospective patients should seek the advice of a suitably qualified medical practitioner.