Learn more about rhinoplasty – what it is, types, techniques, risks, and more. 

What Is Rhinoplasty?


Also known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a surgery to change or adjust the shape of your nose by modifying the bone or the cartilage. Whether done for aesthetic or health reasons, rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery. You can for instance change the size of your nose, the shape of your nostrils, or the symmetry of the nose. 

What Rhinoplasty Includes

The surgeon may, depending on the sort of surgery you’re having:

  • Reduce the size of the nose.
  • Increase the size of your nose.
  • Alter the appearance of the nose, especially the nostrils.
  • Adjust the angle between the upper lip and the nose.

Rhinoplasty Techniques

Open Rhinoplasty

The surgeon will cut between the nostrils to reshape the nose. Of the two options, open rhinoplasty is more common.

Closed Rhinoplasty

The surgeon will make small incisions inside the nostrils. There are some results that cannot be achieved with closed rhinoplasty.

Types Of Rhinoplasty

1. Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is done when the main consideration for the surgery is aesthetic change i.e. the patient wants the nose to have a different look. For instance, to alter the appearance of the nose which the patient feels is too small, too big, or is crooked.

Nose jobs for cosmetic reasons may involve surgery done to the bone in the nose, or to the cartilage at the base of the nose, or both.

2. Functional Rhinoplasty

The sole purpose of the surgery is to correct a breathing problem and to enable the patient to breath properly. It may also be carried out to correct any other functional problems with the patient’s nose.

3. Revision Rhinoplasty

When previous rhinoplasty procedures yield unsatisfactory results, revision rhinoplasty can offer a second chance for improvement.

How Is Rhinoplasty Done?

The patient will be given local or general anaesthesia before the procedure.

The surgeon will make small cuts inside or between the nostrils, and they will separate the skin from the cartilage or bone before reshaping them. In a situation where the new nose needs additional cartilage, the surgeon may retrieve it from the ear or deep inside the nose. However, if the procedure requires a more chiselled look, they will instead trim the existing cartilage. Lastly, they will finish the procedure by closing the incisions and dissolving stitches. 

Rhinoplasty surgery may take up to about 4 hours.

Rhinoplasty Risks

Like any other surgical procedure, Rhinoplasty have possible risks including:

  • Prolonged bleeding
  • A vein-related blood clot
  • Infection
  • A response to the anaesthetic that is allergic

Pre-Procedure Consultation

Before undergoing the surgery, you will have a consultation with your surgeon. In this consultation, they will examine your medical history to see whether you are suitable for rhinoplasty or not. In some cases, if the patient has hemophilia (a condition that causes a lot of bleeding) your surgeon will recommend against any elective surgery. 

In this consultation, your surgeon will also discuss with you the limitations in the reconstruction of your nose shape. This is because surgeons can only work with your original nose’s bone and cartilage structure. 

What Is The Post-Surgery Recovery Time?

To recuperate after nose surgery, you may need to take up to two weeks off work. It might take several months, and it could take up to six months for the swelling to entirely subside.

  • Stitches may be taken out a week after being placed (unless you had dissolvable stitches). It could also be possible to remove the splint.
  • Bruises, swelling, and redness may have subsided after three weeks.
  • You should be able to start doing vigorous activity again in 4 to 6 weeks.

Post-Surgery Care

Since rhinoplasty is done typically as an outpatient procedure, patients may go home the same day.

For the initial few days following surgery, you should keep your head elevated. Ice packs can be applied to reduce any swelling. Most of the swelling or bruising should disappear within a week following the surgery. During this time, you should be away from work to allow the nose time to heal. Post-surgery dressings and splints are removed a week after surgery.

Why You Should Go For Qualified Hospitals & Clinics For Rhinoplasty

Despite rhinoplasty being a most common cosmetic procedure, it is nonetheless a serious surgery that requires plenty of consideration on the part of the patient. That is why you need to go to a trusted hospital or clinic that provides accurate information, have the requisite qualifications and certifications, and have in place the necessary legal processes in relation to rhinoplasty surgery.

Cost Of Rhinoplasty In Thailand

The cost of Rhinoplasty in Thailand may vary depending on the type of procedure. It may cost around S$950 and above. For a more comprehensive cost comparison of aesthetic procedures, you may refer to this Health365 Aesthetic article.

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