With its location at the centre of the face, its size and shape tend to determine the rest of the facial proportions. Nose reshaping surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, can be performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. By making even subtle adjustments in the size, shape or contour of the nose, Mr Damon Thomas can bring a much more balanced look to the entire face. The procedure produces long-lasting results in a single surgery and the effects can be dramatic.
Rhinoplasty may also be performed for medical reasons. For example, a deviated septum that is interfering with breathing can be straightened during this procedure. Dr Thomas will assess your specific situation to determine what types of correction are necessary to improve both the function and the appearance of the nose. Both concerns can be addressed simultaneously in a single procedure to save on cost and limit the patient to just one time under anaesthesia and one recovery period.
Candidates for Nose Surgery
The best candidates for nose surgery may have any of the following concerns:
- A nose that is too big in proportion to the rest of the face
- A prominent concave or bump on the bridge of the nose
- A nasal tip that is too rounder or pointed
- An internal defect that interferes with breathing, such as a deviated septum
- A nose that is crooked or asymmetrical due to injury
Dr Thomas will evaluate your situation to determine whether nose surgery is the right choice to help you meet your aesthetic goals. With the ability to customise the procedure to the unique needs of each of his patients, Dr Thomas can address a wide range of concerns and perform a variety of corrections to help you get the look you want. If you were unhappy with the results of initial surgery, Dr Thomas could also make the necessary revisions to produce the aesthetic results you were hoping for the first time around.
Options in Nose Surgery
There are two different techniques Dr Thomas might use for your nose surgery: Closed Rhinoplasty During closed nose surgery, Dr Thomas keeps all the incisions inside the nasal cavity, so there are no visible scars after the procedure. While the lack of scarring is a benefit, this approach does limit access to the internal structures somewhat, making it difficult to use this technique for some types of correction.
Open nose surgery uses the same internal incisions but adds an additional incision on the tissue underneath the nose that divides the nostrils, known as the columella. While this technique does leave a visible scar on the columella, the incision is small and hidden underneath the nose, so it is not noticeable. This approach also allows for greater access when extensive correction is required.
Dr Thomas will determine the best technique for your surgery based on the amount of correction needed and where the correction will be placed. During some operations, grafting of cartilage is necessary to create the strength and shape desired for the new nose shape. In most cases, Dr Thomas will try to use autologous grafts taken from the nasal septum. However, when that is not an option, grafts may be removed from the ear or rib to create the desired effect.
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