Nasal Tip Plasty, like other rhinoplasty procedures, can be either open or closed. In open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the tissue between the nostrils, which exposes the nose cartilage visibly for the surgeon to operate on. In simpler operations, closed rhinoplasty may be preferred as all incisions are performed within the nostrils so no external scars are visible. Nasal Tip Plasty seldom adopt the closed procedure as it is difficult to make accurate and precise adjustments without clear visualisation of the cartilage structures near the tip of the nose.
After making the necessary incisions, the surgeon will separate the skin and soft tissues of your nose from the nasal cartilage, which are then shaped and corrected as required. A package, stent or both is then applied, and the incisions sutured to immobilise the altered nose and ensure proper recovery. Anesthesia will be administered for the operation.
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks involved. Depending on the success of the surgery, the following complications may occur:
The nerves around the surgical area may be disturbed, and patients may experience some numbness, disruption in breathing, smell and taste after the procedure. This is usually temporary, but can be permanent in severe cases.
Infection and inflammation can occur at the incision wounds. The doctor may prescribe some antibiotics or other medication to lower these risks
If the nose does not heal well post-surgery, or severe complications arise, a follow-up session may be required to mitigate the issue and prevent long-term damage.
Before the surgery, the doctor/surgeon will usually request for the patient’s medical history or conduct a simple health check. He/she will also discuss in detail what are the possible complications depending on the patient’s condition. A mutual understanding between doctor and patient regarding the risks involved is important in maximising the success of the procedure.