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Scarless Surgical Rhinoplasty

The nifty new way to get a nose job

nose plastic surgery preparationMany people know about “nose jobs” to improve their appearance. The term for such a surgery is “rhinoplasty”; “rhino” is Latin for nose, and “-plasty” means to reshape or to restore form and function.

Some patients have a “crooked” nose, due to curvature of the wall that divides the nostrils. This wall is called the septum. Septorhinoplasty corrects curvature of the septum, and can also alter the framework of the nose, thereby improving the patient’s appearance. It can be either functional or cosmetic.

Now there is a unique scarless method to perform the surgery. Read on to find out more about how you can get a nicer nose.

How is a traditional surgical rhinoplasty done?

The traditional method for either a surgical rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nostrils, as well as an incision on the central strut of the nose, the colummella.

How is scarless surgical rhinoplasty different?

In the scarless surgical rhinoplasty technique, the incisions are performed only within both nostrils, so there is no external incision, hence the term “scarless”.

In the past, the techniques and results that can be achieved with scarless or “closed” rhinoplasty were very limited. However, based on the techniques that I have learnt during my one year of training in Seoul, almost all manoeuvres done using the traditional open rhinoplasty approach (with a scar) can be done with the scarless procedure. It is not just about sliding an implant into the nose, as it was in the past. The septum can be harvested to be used as structural support during the procedure.

These are post-operative pictures of two different patients – the first had a classical open rhinoplasty,

These are post-operative pictures of two different patients – the first had a classical open rhinoplasty,

 and the other had a scarless surgical rhinoplasty.

and the other had a scarless surgical rhinoplasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can scarless surgical rhinoplasty do?

Scarless surgical rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty can be performed to:

  • Correct deviation of the nasal septum
  • Straighten the bridge of the nose
  • Increase or reduce the height of the tip of the nose
  • Reduce a nose with a hump
  • Narrow the nostrils
  • Refine the tip of the nose

Am I suitable? What graft materials can be used?

After a thorough consultation and analysis of the facial and nasal structures, the surgeon will determine the areas of deformity, the underlying support of the patient’s nose, as well as her aesthetic ideals.

To achieve the cosmetic and functional goals, grafts are often needed to provide structural support as well as to increase the height of the nose. The grafts can be harvested from the nasal septum, ear cartilage or rib cartilage.

Implants can also be used. The choice of grafts or implants to be used are discussed with the patient extensively, before a decision is made.

What are the advantages of scarless septorhinoplasty?

  • No external wound so less likely for others to know that one has undergone surgery
  • Less swelling
  • Quicker recovery and less downtime
  • No need for removal of stitches
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Dr Valerie Su-Lin Tay is a Consultant in the Department of Otololaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She completed her undergraduate studies as well as her Otololaryngology training in Singapore. To pursue her interest in Facial Plastic Surgery, she completed a one year fellowship in a high volume cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul. She has experience with fillers, scarless surgical rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty as well as facial bone surgery.
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