The ideal nose breathes well, and is in a harmony with the rest of the face. A nose that does not fit the face by means of size and shape will definitely look fake or “done”. The ideal nose is different for every single individual.

How is a rhinoplasty operation performed?

A rhinoplasty operation is performed at hospital conditions, under general anaesthesia. Operation mainly consists of making changes in the nasal bones and cartilages, which make up the shape of the nose. Generally, the steps are removing/lowering the hump, tip reshaping, correction of the deviations, reconstituting the overall nasal alignment, opening the blocked airways and more. Since the needs of every single patient is different, the to-do-list for every nose is different as well. Details will be discussed during the consultation.

How long does a rhinoplasty operation last?

Generally 1-3 hours

Does one need to stay at the hospital following a rhinoplasty?

Except for some very simple tip-plasties, generally one night hospital stay is required.

How long do the internal splints and the cast stay?

The silicone internal splints are removed on day 3 following surgery. The external cast, which protects the nose in the early post-op, is removed on day 7.

When can I get back to my work/school/daily life? How long do I need to stay in Istanbul?

A rhinoplasty patient can get back to daily routine after having the internal splints removed 3 days after surgery, but of course avoiding any external impact on the nose. If the cast is a problem about getting back to social life, then we need to wait for a week after the date of surgery. Travelling patients are advised to stay in Istanbul for at least 7 days after surgery.

When will I be able to see my nose’s ultimate shape?

In the early post-operative period, the nose (and sometimes rest of the face) is expected to swell. By the end of first month, majority of this swelling resolves, but the final shape needs a total of 12 months to settle.

I heard that there are open and closed rhinoplasties. Which one is better?

This is something your doctor should decide instead of yourself. All patients need different operations, and the only difference on your side between an open and a closed operation is a 3-4 mm cut across the columella, which will be invisible after a few months.

I’ve had a rhinoplasty before, but I’m not happy with the result. What should I do?

Revision rhinoplasties are a bit more tricky than primary cases. A second operation or alternative methods (fillers etc.) can be considered, but it’s very difficult to decide what to do without doing a detailed physical examination. The functional and cosmetic outcomes of the primary operation should be thoroughly discussed and evaluated, in order to decide if it’s worth it.

I don’t like my nose, but I hate those “done” noses. What can I do?

Natural look is the main rule of modern rhinoplasty concept. No one anymore likes those “done” noses that you dislike. You probably do not even realise a successfully operated nose, and that’s why the “unsuccessful” results attract your attention. A good plastic surgeon has to pay attention to the natural limits of the patient, otherwise whatever change done during the procedure will be weirdly noticeable.