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Every year, many people in London and around the world, undergo rhinoplasty to improve the appearance and/or function of their nose. While many choose rhinoplasty to enhance the shape of the nose they were born with, some individuals are advised nose surgery to correct various defects, like birth anomalies or breathing problems. Rhinoplasty can be a challenging procedure to perform, because of the intricate nature of the nose. Hence, it is only performed by surgeons who have received specialist training in performing it, like an appropriately qualified ENT surgeon.
Open and Closed Rhinoplasty
Two techniques commonly used for performing nose surgery are the closed technique and the open technique. The closed technique is generally preferred for aesthetic rhinoplasty procedures as it leaves no visible scars. During this procedure, the ENT surgeon reaches the interior of the nose by making incisions within the nostril, after which the skin is lifted up and separated from the underlying bone and cartilage. The open technique is usually used during complicated nose surgeries, and may leave visible scars. It involves the use of incisions over the nostrils and through the columella.
Below is a general outline of the procedure that is usually followed:
- The patient is first administered anaesthesia. This can be either local or general, depending on the complexity of the nose surgery.
- Incisions are made to reach the underlying bone and cartilage of the nose.
- This bone and cartilage is reshaped according to the previously determined surgical goal. During this stage, bone or cartilage material may be grafted from different sources, to augment the nose.
- The nasal tissue is wrapped over the fresh framework, and the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures.
- A splint is placed over the nose to maintain its new shape.
- Porous materials and supports may be placed within the nose, to sustain firmness.
Rhinoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, and typically takes around one to four hours, depending on the complexity of the particular case.
Situated in central London, ENT London is a one of the most highly reputed ENT clinics that specialises in rhinoplasty. Led by Professor Ram S Dhillon, who has more than 25 years experience as an ENT specialist, the highly skilled team of ENT surgeons at ENT London is focussed on providing the highest level of patient care.
ENT London is one of UK’s leading rhinoplasty clinics, and can be contacted on +44(0) 207 580 6970.