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Rhinoplasty ~ The Nose Job


    Primary rhinoplasty involves removing excess bone or cartilage, augmenting deficient areas and altering the internal nasal structures, thereby improving the structural support of the nose.

    The final changes may be subtle or dramatic, depending on the needs of the patient.

    Rhinoplasty can be considered one of the most complex and challenging procedures in cosmetic surgery.

    “RHINOPLASTY is one of the defining operations of a Plastic Surgeon.”
    Dr Chris Snijman

    A rhinoplasty, the queen of plastic surgery, is a very complex operation where the individual steps are continuously optimized on the basis of new insights and techniques.

    Simulation of Face Procedures

    • Rhinoplasty
    • Face lifting
    • Temporal brow lift
    • Eyelids / Blepharoplasty
    • Cheek implants
    • Lip augmentation
    • Facial skin


    Rhinoplasty is a procedure that requires:

    • 5Critical and meticulous planning
    • 5A thorough and in depth knowledge of the nasal anatomy
    • 5An appreciation of facial proportion and balance
    • 5An artistic eye
    • 5Ongoing critical appraisal of one’s results
    • 5Meticulous tissue handling
    • 5Precise surgical skill and execution
    • 5Patience
    • 5Perseverance
    • 5Humility
    • 5An innate desire to continue to improve

    Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty

    Primary Closed Rhinoplasty
    Primary Open Rhinoplasty

    Primary Rhinoplasty has two major approaches

    OPEN (external approach)

    In the Open Rhinoplasty, a very small external incision is made on the columella to open the nose. Most scars resulting from the open rhinoplasty are usually favourable, very rarely conspicuous.

    This technique allows the surgeon to visualise most areas of the nose and facilitates the procedure, especially in secondary and difficult cases. This approach gives the surgeon a three-dimensional view of the nose, which helps to reorganise the nasal structures.

    CLOSED (internal approach)

    In the Closed Rhinoplasty, the nose is approached via an internal incision ( no external visible scars). The surgeon works on the internal nasal structures through this approach.

    Rhinoplasty Trends

    The trends over the past decade have shifted away from reduction or division of the cartilage framework of the nose to conserving the native anatomy and augmenting deficient areas to restore balance and structural support.

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    We are now offering secure and confidential 3D remote consultations.

    * Results may vary from patient to patient. Please refer to my Disclaimer for more information.

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