Is Rhinoplasty a Major Operation?
No one likes the thought of going under the knife, and there are a few people that assume rhinoplasty is a major procedure which requires many months of recovery, when nothing could be further from the truth. Having your nose reshaped can involve several processes; open or closed rhinoplasty, plus the surgeon can inject medical grade silicone under the skin, which changes certain contours around the nose.
The most common form of rhinoplasty, open means making incisions along the narrow strip of skin and tissue between the nostrils, and with highly skilled hands, there is no visible scarring. Of course, everything depends on the desired changes, and when you have the initial consultation with the surgeon, he would describe the process, while informing you of the risks that are involved with all types of surgery.
The term ‘closed’ means the incisions are on the inner surface of the nostrils, and are therefore not visible. While open rhinoplasty is the most common, if the surgeon feels he can achieve the best results using the closed method, that is what he will recommend.
If the patient requires minor alterations, these can very often be achieved by injecting medical grade silicone under the skin, which is non-invasive and does not require a general anesthetic. The treatment session would last 20-30 minutes, with no downtime or recovery, which is great, and the results are long-lasting.
Sourcing a Clinic
You certainly don’t want to take any chances when it comes to cosmetic surgery, and finding the best nose surgery clinic (known as คลินิกเสริมจมูก in Thai) is easier using a search engine like Google, which will give you a list of websites. Check that the plastic surgeon is registered with the Medical Council, which demonstrates their competence, allowing them to practice in Thailand. Once you have chosen a clinic, request an appointment with the plastic surgeon, when you can discuss your needs with the specialist.
Post Op Care
Of course, the clinic would provide you with all the information you need regarding post-op care, and the splint would be removed one week after the surgery. Swelling can vary from patient to patient, and the nurse would show you how to apply cool compresses, which help to reduce swelling, plus you would be told about sleeping positions to protect your face while sleeping – sleeping on the back is recommended – or sleep on your side with bolster pillows either side to prevent you rolling over onto your front.