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What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty are most commonly known as ‘nose jobs’ in Singapore. It is a surgery that changes the shape of your nose which is made of both bone and cartilage. Rhinoplasties can help improve the aesthetics of your face, enhance your natural beauty, fix deformities, and correct your breathing (if necessary).

How is Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) done in Singapore?

Rhinoplasty are commonly conducted in Singapore with two ways: Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty.

Open rhinoplasty:

  • Gold-standard of nose jobs as it allows for great flexibility and improved visualisation during surgery
  • Z- shaped incision is made outside the nose (usually in between the nostrils)
  • Used to make both functional and cosmetic alterations  

Closed rhinoplasty:

  • Incisions are made internally within the nose through the nostrils
  • Used for mild changes such as, reshaping the nose tip, removing bumps, or shortening the nose

Before your rhinoplasty procedure, you will have an extensive consultation with your surgeon to share your medical history, your motivation for a rhinoplasty, and to identify your expectations for the procedure. A rhinoplasty is usually performed under mild sedation where local anaesthesia is applied directly to your nose, general anaesthesia is also available for more complicated procedures, but patients tend to prefer local anaesthesia as there are fewer side effects. 


What conditions can a Rhinoplasty treat?

A rhinoplasty can be used to treat both cosmetic and functional issues, such as:


  • Changing the shape and size of your nose

  • Straightening crooked nose

  • Reshaping nose tip

  • Altering angle between nose and lips


How many treatment sessions will I require?

If you are satisfied with the results after your first procedure, you will not require another follow-up surgery. However, if you or your surgeon are dissatisfied with the results of your first procedure, a second follow-up surgery can be arranged to further improve and enhance your nose.

What are the possible risks or complications of a Rhinoplasty 
(Nose Job)?

  • Scarring (especially for open rhinoplasty)
  • Permanent numbness of your nose and surrounding areas
  • Breathing difficulties through your nose
  • Infection post-surgery
  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia such as breathing difficulties, problems with heart rate and blood pressure
  • Septal perforation

What should I expect after the procedure?

After your procedure, you will be monitored for a few hours, after which you may go home if there are no complications. However, if it was a more complicated procedure or you require further monitoring, you may be required to stay at the hospital for a couple of days. Both open and closed rhinoplasty will involve a downtown of about 1-2 weeks. You should expect some bruising, puffiness, and swelling around your face, which could take a while to subside. 

Your surgeon will advise you to avoid the following activities post-surgery:

  • Swimming
  • Strenuous activities like running
  • Blowing your nose
  • Excessive chewing
  • Pulling clothes over your head
  • Laughing or smiling
  • Facial expressions that 
  • Excess sun exposure

What results can I expect?

Results of a rhinoplasty vary from patient to patient; it depends on the type of rhinoplasty performed, and the reason for your rhinoplasty. Because our nose is in such a prominent position, even slight changes can make a huge difference; if your rhinoplasty was performed for cosmetic reasons, you can expect a significant improvement in your appearance; if your rhinoplasty was performed for functional reasons, you can expect enhanced and improved breathing.

Like all surgeries, rhinoplasty also has its pros and cons:


  • Improved self-esteem
  • Better breathing
  • Improved health


  • Long recovery time
  • Costly 
  • Can be limited by patient’s physical anatomy

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a rhinoplasty last?
Rhinoplasty procedures last for a few hours depending on complexities while the results of a rhinoplasty can be life-long.
How long is the recovery period for a rhinoplasty?
After your procedure, bruising should last for a few weeks, while swelling and puffiness could take months to subside. The final result of your rhinoplasty will be most accurate about a year after your procedure.
What is the difference between a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is performed to change the shape of the nose, while septoplasty is performed to improve breathing. A septoplasty and rhinoplasty are often combined together.
Is rhinoplasty painful?
The procedure itself is not painful as you will be sedated. During recovery, you may experience some mild discomfort but not any intense pain. If you do experience intense pain, contact your surgeon.

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