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Rhinoplasty is the fifth most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the United Kingdom, with nearly 4,000 people choosing to undergo the procedure, annually. Nose surgery can be utilised to enhance the nose in various ways, such as making it bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, pointed or upturned. It can also be used to remove bumps on the bridge, scar tissue, moles and other skin irregularities. If you are considering rhinoplasty, you should first consult with either an experienced cosmetic surgeon, or an appropriately qualified ENT surgeon, who will be able to help you make an informed decision.
What is augmentation rhinoplasty?
The shape of each person’s nose is unique, and the nose generally grows to its full size during the late teens. Decades ago, celebrities who were unhappy with the appearance of their nose increasingly tried to use makeup and lighting to their advantage before appearing on screen. However, after the advances in rhinoplasty, many celebrities began choosing nose surgery to improve the appearance of their nose. One such procedure, to increase the size of the nose, began to be referred to as augmentation rhinoplasty.
Augmentation rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anaesthesia. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, a trained ENT surgeon can often take between two to three hours to perform the nose surgery. During the procedure, an incision is made inside the nose, or between the nostrils, so that the bone and cartilage can be lifted up and reshaped. To build up the nose, bone and cartilage is grafted and transplanted. While cartilage grafts are generally taken from the ears, bone grafts are taken from the elbow, ribs, skull or hip bone. In some cases, the ENT surgeon may use artificial implants.
The incisions made during the nose surgery are usually closed with dissolvable sutures. These stitches do not have to be taken out, and will disappear on their own in about two weeks. The ENT surgeon may also insert small pieces of soft plastic, within a patient’s nose to prevent the formation of scar tissue. As general anaesthesia is commonly used to perform augmentation rhinoplasty, the procedure can require an overnight stay at hospital.
Located in London, ENT London is a premier private ENT clinic that has developed an outstanding reputation in performing nose surgery. The highly skilled ENT surgeons at ENT London provide expert advice to patients on what they can realistically expect to achieve through rhinoplasty, and help them make informed decisions in regards to proceeding with the procedure.
ENT London is one of UK’s leading rhinoplasty clinics, and can be contacted on 0207 580 6970.