What is rhinoplasty (or nose reshaping)?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct or reconstruct the nose. This may be needed to straighten the nose, reduce a hump in size, alter the tip or correct any dips or depressions on the bridge of the nose. Abnormalities inside the nose causing twisting or blockage may also be corrected.
The aims of surgery are:
- to improve the nose cosmetically and to maintain or improve function
- to produce a nose that is in harmony with the face
- to produce a result that has a natural, non-operated appearance.
These aims are achieved through a careful assessment of the individual before the operation, to ensure that the surgical plan is tailored for each patient.
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What is digital imaging?
Prior to undertaking any facial plastic procedure, it is imperative that patients have clear and realistic expectations. This necessitates appropriate, effective communication and planning between the surgeon and the patient, as well as both having a mutual understanding of the desired result.
Performed to remove tumours from the pituitary gland – which is responsible for regulating most of the body’s hormones – endoscopic pituitary surgery (also called transsphenoidal endoscopic surgery) is executed through the nose with an instrument called an endoscope.
Digital imaging is the latest technique that is designed to assist in the preoperative analysis and planning of what the intended result may look like.
Standard photographic images are not easily manipulated and although the surgeon can draw on the intended adjustments, it can be difficult for patients to visualise their post-operative appearance.
Digital imaging uses computer manipulation on preoperative images taken from frontal, basal, left and right oblique and profile views and allows the patient to see the modification of their facial characteristics effortlessly. Computer imaging enables subtle variation of form to be carried out by the patient and surgeon so that a suitable surgical goal can be agreed.