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A nose job or rhinoplasty is a procedure used to reshape the nose. It involves reshaping the cartilage and often the bony framework of the nose in order to change its appearance. During rhinoplasty surgery the shape of the nose tip, the bridge and also the nostrils (alar base reduction surgery) can be changed as can the angle between the nose and the upper lip.

There are many different reasons for opting to have a nose job or a rhinoplasty surgery. A nose job can be effective in solving problems related to sinuses, snoring and breathing. Apart from this, Rhinoplasty is the only way to fix a broken nose and bringing it back to its near normal appearance. You can opt for nose job to make your nose look longer, shorter, thinner, straighter or to give it a smooth profile. Whatever your reason might be, rhinoplasty can help you look younger, change your appearance and boost your confidence.

In most cases, rhinoplasty surgery can take around two to three hours under general anaesthesia. You may be able to go home on the same or the next day.

Post Surgery:
You may experience some minor bleeding from your nose for the first day or two after your operation. Keep your head elevated as much as possible and avoid having hot baths. You can shower immediately post surgery and wash your hair, but wash with head backwards to avoid getting the splint wet. You might feel uneasiness and a moderate amount of pain, which can easily be controlled with medication. The uneasiness and pain will start decreasing within a few hours of the surgery. You might encounter bruises and swelling after the surgery, but they will gradually reduce thereafter.

Patients must try avoiding any type of physical exertion for a minimum of 3 weeks, or squeezing their nose. Avoid exercise, heavy lifting, swimming or going to the gym for six weeks.

A protective splint will need to be worn over your nose for at least a week.The stitches inside your nose are dissolvable and will not need to be removed. Any non-dissolvable stitches will be removed after six or seven days.

Dr Jeanne Botha

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Elize Bezuidenhout

Practice Manager