Rhinoplasty is a surgery to enhance the shape or proportions of the nose, and/or to improve breathing problems caused by defects on structures of the nose. A wide range of procedures can be done during the operation, including straightening the bridge, reducing flared nostrils, restructuring the nose tip and repairing deformed or damaged nasal structures.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You may be eligible for a rhinoplasty if you are in good overall health and ideally do not smoke, as smoking can slow wound healing. Patients should also have realistic expectations when it comes to enhancing their appearance, as results will vary depending on their current nasal structures and desired improvements.
Proper planning prior to a rhinoplasty in Singapore is crucial as patients must have realistic goals and be well-informed about what to expect. Here are some things to take note of before the surgery in order to have a smooth and safe procedure:
Things to Prepare Well Before a Rhinoplasty
Set a suitable date that minimises disruptions in your work and personal schedule, bearing in mind the duration of recovery.
Pay attention during your pre-operative examination. Your surgeon will examine in detail different factors such as facial features, bone structures and skin condition to determine an appropriate treatment plan and discuss desired outcomes.
Assess procedural guidelines. Patients must be well-informed of all pre-operative and post-operative instructions. They should also be aware of the risks involved.
Arrange for someone to give you a ride home. You may be feeling drowsy and uncomfortable upon discharge, so refrain from driving or travelling home alone.
Fast. As with all procedures requiring anaesthesia, fasting is required approximately 8 hours beforehand. Your medical team will advise you on the specifics for your situation.
Do not wear make-up. Keep your face clean and clear for the procedure.
Wear appropriate clothes. Choose comfortable and loose-fitting clothing like a button-up shirt to avoid clothes touching your face while getting changed before or after the procedure.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
The average recovery time for a rhinoplasty is normally between six to eight weeks. A plastic surgeon usually puts a splint in the nose to maintain its new shape. Bruising around the eyes are common after surgery, but they should not be painful and will last for about 10 days post-surgery.
Refrain from strenuous activities and nose-blowing where possible; and adhere to recovery instructions and follow-up checks as advised by your plastic surgeon.
Led by experienced plastic surgeons Dr Chia Hui Ling and Dr Tan Ying Chien, SW1 Plastic Surgery is a recognized aesthetic and plastic surgery clinic in Singapore that offers rhinoplasty to patients who want to improve their nose cosmetically or functionally. Contact us for enquiries and to schedule an appointment.
With our attentive approach, experienced staff, diverse areas of expertise and all-in-one facilities, we are sure that you will be well taken care of. We warmly welcome you to our clinic for a personalised consultation.
Dr Lee Hanjing is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon. After graduating from the Guys Kings and St. Thomas School of Medicine in the University of London, she completed her postgraduate training at the National University Hospital(NUH).