Rhinoplasty with Dr Jake Lim

Welcome to the April edition of Dr Lim’s newsletter. Dr Lim and his staff trust that you all had a relaxing Easter break and we wanted to thank you all for your continued support.
You may have noticed during the month of March that our focus on facebook has been geared towards nose reshaping (also know as Rhinoplasty). Some of the main reasons that someone would undergo this procedure include:

  • Reduce the bridge of the nose
  • Reduce the size of flared nostrils
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Change the tip of the nose
  • Alter the angle of the nose in relation to other features such as the lips or forehead

Patients who are interested in rhinoplasty surgery will have a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr Lim at our rooms. You are a good candidate for nose reshaping if you have any of the following:

  • A nose that you feel is too large or small in comparison with your other facial features
  • A bulbous nose
  • Nostrils that are excessively flared or too small
  • A nose that is crooked
  • A bump on the bridge of the nose
  • A wide nose
  • A nasal tip that droops
  • Have problems breathing due to the internal nose structure

Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed internally, this means that you will not notice and scarring on the outside of your nose. Depending on the type of rhinoplasty you are undergoing, the actual surgery may involve removing a portion of the nasal bone, cartilage or soft tissue. Reduction of nostrils is done through tiny incisions at the base of each nostril. The nose is remodelled by Dr Lim, then splints and dressings are applied to the outside of the nose. You may experience some bruising and swelling in this area. Dressings will be removed in our office after one week, although the final result will not be evident at this time. Bruising and swelling can sometimes take a few weeks to subside.

One common procedure is called a Septoplasty (which is the correction of a deviated septum). This is most frequently caused by impact trauma such as a blow to the face, or it can also be a congenital disorder caused by compression of the nose during childbirth. See the picture of a deviated septum below:

deviated septum photo: Deviated Septum DeviatedSeptum.jpg

This patient of Dr Lim’s not only had a hump removed she also had a septoplasty to correct her deviated septum:

Many celebrities undergo a Rhinoplasty procedure, and below you will see their before and after photos. You will notice that by reshaping the nose, it can change the whole proportion of their face.

If you have been considering undergoing this type of surgery, Dr Lim would be more than happy to examine you during an initial consultation. Please contact us 9893 9388 or email us at drlim@drjakelim.com.au.

If you would like further information please click on this link to watch a short video on a Rhinoplasty procedure http://goo.gl/4kn6b.

The Incision

Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed internally, this means that you will not notice any scarring on the outside of your nose. Depending on the type of rhinoplasty you are undergoing, the actual surgery may involve removing a portion of the nasal bone, cartilage or soft tissue. Reduction of nostrils is done through tiny incisions at the base of each nostril. The nose is remodelled by Dr Lim, then splints and dressings are applied to the outside of the nose.

How long do I need to see Dr Lim for following my surgery ?

Dr Lim will monitor your progress carefully and the staff will stay in contact with you during the post-operative period. You will be seen at frequent intervals over the first twelve months. Your relationship with Dr Lim and the nursing staff does not end once you have had the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns after your operation, you are always welcome to call and discuss these with us.

When can I resume normal activities
The recovery period following this surgery varies from person to person but most people are back to their normal routine in approximately 2-4 weeks. The nose will be sensitive for a month or so following surgery and should be handled according to your own level of comfort. Returning to work depends on your job demands and Dr Lim will advise you regarding this. You may be able to return to light work (e.g. secretarial work) within one to two weeks. To protect the nose while it is healing you should avoid strenuous exercise for the first couple of weeks after surgery. Once again, Dr Lim will discuss your individual situation with you.

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