Rhinoplasty or nose-reshaping is another fairly common affordable cosmetic surgery
procedure performed by plastic
surgeons in South Africa. All rhinoplasty procedures
strive to improve nasal aesthetics while preserving
(and sometimes improving) breathing, although the extent
of the operation varies according to the individual
needs of each patient. A nose job is a personalised
procedure and it is imperative that the surgery be tailored
to the specifications of the patient in question.
As surgical facilitators, Surgical Bliss is affiliated
with only the very best health care professionals and
hospitals in South Africa, so which ever nose-reshaping
procedure you elect to have, you can rest assured that
everything will be done according to the book. Plastic
surgery in South Africa has come a long way and
both our medical facilities and our surgeons rank among
some of the best in the world, providing quality care
for individuals who prefer to have plastic surgery abroad,
away from prying eyes.
Plastic surgeons in South Africa routinely use one of two techniques (namely "open-tip" or "closed" rhinoplasty), the choice of which is based on the personal preference and skill of the surgeon in question, as well as the intended purpose of the surgery. Both procedures are usually performed under general anaesthetic, although minor surgery can be carried out under a local anaesthetic. Prior to the surgery, patients are allowed to discuss their options with the attending anaesthesiologist, ultimately deciding on which option they are most comfortable with within the given scope of their particular procedure.
Open-tip rhinoplasty involves an incision made through the tissue between the nostrils and extending up inside the nostrils. This exposes the tip cartilage and allows the surgeon to manipulate the shape of the nose by removing some of the cartilage and reshaping it. Closed rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is performed through the nostrils with no external incisions and is usually performed to address a 'broad bridge' or 'bumps' on the bridge on the nose. The internal cartilage (also called the nasal septum) plays a large role in the functioning of our noses and by performing septoplasty as part of a nose-reshaping procedure; surgeons can vastly improve a patientís breathing capability.
Various hospitals in South Africa offer affordable surgery packages that include overnight care, but depending on the extent of the procedure; rhinoplasty is normally performed on an out-patient basis. Subsequent to surgery, patients are required to wear a 'splint' over the bridge of their nose for up to two weeks. Any external sutures are removed after five to seven days, although some bruising may remain visible. Patients may experience severe discomfort, stuffiness and swelling post-operatively. These symptoms will be addressed and treated by the attending physician. Once the splint is removed, patients are usually able to see a degree of improvement immediately, yet it is important to note that it may take up to 18 months to appreciate the full effect of your surgery as the skin and cartilage settles.
As surgical facilitators we recommend that our clients remain in Cape Town for a further ten days after surgery to ensure they heal properly before travelling.