Asian Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is tailored for Asians, taking into consideration the principles of rhinoplasty and applying it on an Asian patient with consideration of the anatomy and ethnicity of the Asian patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rhinoplasty surgery is a complex surgical procedure that combines both artistry and surgical finesse to alter the shape and contour of the nose to achieve a more aesthetic nasal shape, which is harmonious with the facial proportions and also keeping in mind the functional aspects of the nose.
Asian Rhinoplasty has a different philosophy from standard rhinoplasty. Depending on what is required the following enhancements can be made to the nose:
- Augmentation of nasal dorsum that is flat with either nasal implants or autologous tissue
- Removal of dorsal humps
- Refinement of nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
- Improvement of nasal tip projection.
- Lengthening a short nose
- Correction of nose size in relation to facial harmony
- Reduction of nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
- Narrowing the base of the nose
- Restoration of nasal asymmetry
- Straightening of nasal profile either due to congenital or traumatic causes
With the aid of sophisticated 3D imaging computer software, we are able to simulate the surgery to allow patients a preview of how the surgery may change their nose and appearance. This is a very useful tool for patients to be able to see the changes that they will have after surgery and also to describe to our surgeons the type of changes that they want, no matter how subtle. They are able to “try” on different nose profiles to see what best fits them before committing to surgery.
Rhinoplasty surgery costs can vary widely. This depends on the extent of the surgery and whether nasal implants are used or total autologous tissue is used. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, the procedure may be done under Local Anaesthesia or General Anaesthesia.
Rhinoplasty Surgery is a highly individualized procedure that is tailored to fulfil each patient’s needs. It is important to remember that you should do it for yourself and not to fulfil someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. A good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery would have completed his/her facial growth, is physically healthy and does not smoke. Speak with our surgeon today to understand how we can help you to achieve your goals.
Immediately after the surgery, a splint may be placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. If required, nasal packing may be placed inside your nose and you will be unable to breathe through your nose during this period.
The sutures over the nose will usually be removed after 5 to 7 days. For the sutures over other areas, such as the scalp or back of the ear, these may be removed after 10 to 14 days.
While the initial swelling will subside within 1-2 months, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. It is common for swelling to come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your rhinoplasty surgery.
The results of rhinoplasty surgery will be long lasting and the best results can be noted after 1-2 years when the swelling has subsided completely. As your body ages, it is natural to have some gradual changes to your face including your nose. But most of your improvement should be relatively permanent. A healthy lifestyle and life-long sun protection will help extend the results of your new appearance.
Step 1 – Anaesthesia. Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, the choices include local anaesthesia alone or with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The Rhinoplasty Surgery can be performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. The scar usually heals well and is not noticeable.
Step 3 – Asian Rhinoplasty commonly involves lengthening of the short nose, increasing the nasal dorsum and refining the nasal tip. Such procedures require the addition of cartilage grafts. The cartilage grafts can either be obtained from the nasal septum, ear or rib cartilage. Harvest of the deep temporal fascia may also be done to wrap the cartilage grafts. This would involve a scalp incision. Silicone implants can also be used to augment the nasal dorsum, hence reducing the need for cartilage harvest. Speak to your surgeon about your preference.
Step 4 – Using suture techniques and cartilage grafts, the position of the nasal tip can be refined and controlled to make final modifications to the appearance of the nose.
Step 5 – If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened and the projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing.
Step 6 – Excess tissue around the nostrils can be removed to alter their size and the width of nose.
Step 7 – Wounds are closed and splints are placed. For 5 days, the nose will be splinted and the nose will be packed. Nasal packings are removed after 48 hours and your surgeon will review and remove stitches on post-operative day 5 to 7. Nasal splints are usually kept for 1-2 weeks.
Our plastic surgeon will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery risks include:
- Bleeding, haematoma and swelling
- Surgical scars. Whilst the surgical scars are usually well concealed and heal well, there are occasions when it may scar.
- Nasal septal perforation (a hole in the nasal septum) is rare.
- Difficulty breathing
- Unsatisfactory nasal appearance
- Change in skin sensation (numbness or pain)
- Skin discoloration and swelling
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- In the event when there is rib harvest, there is a possibility of pneumothorax.
- Anaesthesia risks
Rhinoplasty surgery involves many choices and there are also many different techniques. The first and most crucial step is to select a certified surgeon you can trust.
During the consultation with your surgeon, be prepared to discuss:
- The goals of your surgery, with regard to both appearance and breathing
- Medical conditions or previous nasal trauma, drug allergies and previous surgeries
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco. The use of certain health supplements may increase the risk of bleeding and prolong healing. Please check with your surgeons on the impact of these medications.
It's very important to understand all aspects of your rhinoplasty procedure. It's natural to feel some anxiety, whether it's excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don't be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.