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Rhinoplasty

Surgery Time Rhinoplasty (nose job) takes around 2-3 hours Hospital…

Surgery Time

Rhinoplasty (nose job) takes around 2-3 hours

Hospital Stay

You do not need to stay in the hospital after surgery.

Days in South Korea

We suggest you stay at least 8 days after surgery.

Recovery

It takes 1 to 2 weeks to recover from Rhinoplasty (nose job).

Rhinoplasty in South Korea

Since long before we had the technology to shape faces with medical procedures, artists have been obsessed with the pursuit of defining what constitutes beauty. Dating back to ancient times, artists romanticized the perfect facial proportions in their work.

The perfect nose does not exist, as there is no universally accepted standard of what defines the most aesthetic nasal features. At Shin Medical, we only work with surgeons who understand that each patientโ€™s needs are unique. The surgeons recommended by Shin Medical will always make every effort to give the perfect look you have always wanted, rather than sticking to a one-nose-fits-all model.

Many people called nose job as rhinoplasty, but it is different in South Korea. In South Korea, the name of rhinoplasty differs depends on the nose condition. They are standard rhinoplasty, long or downward pointing nose, short upturned nose, deviated nose, hump nose (aquiline nose), wide nose, nose tip and alar reduction.

Standard Rhinoplasty

Standard rhinoplasty covers the making of nose bridge, nose tip and nose tip support. When you do a rhinoplasty in Korea, standard rhinoplasty will be a mandatory to be included. Standard Rhinoplasty is needed to create a good basis for the new nose. This become the base of the whole rhinoplasty process.

  • Nose bridge – Silicone or Goretex implant are used for bridge enhancement
  • Nose tip – Doctor usually uses nasal cartilage or conchal cartilage (ear cartilage) to be grafted on the nose tip.
  • Nose tip support – For nose tip support, doctor usually uses nasal cartilage or rib cartilage (donored or self-grafted).
Rhinoplasty: Standard Rhinoplasty

Long or Downward Pointing Nose

A downward pointed nose is where the tip of the nose is slightly lower than the nostrils, giving the nose an elongated appearance. This โ€œlong noseโ€ effect, causes an imbalance to facial proportions. There are two methods for this surgery:

  • Cartilage Repositioning โ€“ During this standard procedure, the surgeon removes some cartilage from the nasal tip and implants it near the septum. This reinforces a more desirable angle of the nose tip.
  • Cartilage Repositioning and Bridge Implant โ€“ This procedure is more intricate than a regular cartilage repositioning. A bridge implant requires that the surgeon removes removes some cartilage from the nasal tip, while also implanting a bridge to give the nasal structure the support it needs.
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition & Bridge Implant
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition & Bridge Implant
  • Cartilage Repositioning โ€“ During this standard procedure, the surgeon removes some cartilage from the nasal tip and implants it near the septum. This reinforces a more desirable angle of the nose tip.
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition
  • Cartilage Repositioning and Bridge Implant โ€“ This procedure is more intricate than a regular cartilage repositioning. A bridge implant requires that the surgeon removes removes some cartilage from the nasal tip, while also implanting a bridge to give the nasal structure the support it needs.
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition & Bridge Implant
Rhinoplasty: Long Nose Correction - Cartilage Reposition & Bridge Implant

Short Upturned Nose

A short or upturned nose, is characterized by an upward pointing nose with a predominant display of nostrils. The surgeons we recommend for this treatment are very proficient in this procedure, which is important given how complex the treatment is. Depending on the severity, there are three methods:

  • Cartilage Repositioningย โ€“ In a simple situation, cartilage will be removed from the nasal tip and relocated downward to bring the nose back into proportion with the face.
  • Additional Septal Cartilageย โ€“ Using this method, the surgeon will use a portion of carved septal cartilage and graft it to the existing nasal septum. This lengthens the front edge of the nose, reducing the appearance of the nasal cavities.
  • Additional Autoplastyย โ€“ In this case, the surgeon will use additional cartilage either from the ear or rib and implant it into the front of the nose.
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Cartilage Reposition
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Cartilage Reposition
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Additional Septal Cartilage
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Additional Septal Cartilage
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Autoplasty
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Autoplasty
  • Cartilage Repositioningย โ€“ In a simple situation, cartilage will be removed from the nasal tip and relocated downward to bring the nose back into proportion with the face.
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Cartilage Reposition
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Cartilage Reposition
  • Additional Septal Cartilageย โ€“ Using this method, the surgeon will use a portion of carved septal cartilage and graft it to the existing nasal septum. This lengthens the front edge of the nose, reducing the appearance of the nasal cavities.
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Additional Septal Cartilage
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Additional Septal Cartilage
  • Additional Autoplastyย โ€“ In this case, the surgeon will use additional cartilage either from the ear or rib and implant it into the front of the nose.
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Autoplasty
Rhinoplasty: Short Nose - Autoplasty

Deviated Nose

A deviated nose, or crooked nose, refers to a nose that does not follow a straight line down the center of your face. The degree of crookedness ranges from imperceptible, to more severe. While most of the time crooked noses are only cosmetic concerns, occasionally they may also affect your breathing and cause other dilemmas like headaches and nosebleeds. Causes of a crooked nose include: injuries, birth defects, previous surgery, and a deviated septum (the inside of the nose wall leaning towards one side).

Septoplasty is the general way in which a surgeon will repair a deviated septum. During septoplasty, your nasal septum is straightened and repositioned in the center of your nose. This may require your surgeon to cut and remove parts of your septum or bone before reinserting them in the proper position.

Rhinoplasty: Deviated Nose - Before Surgery
Rhinoplasty: Deviated Nose - After Surgery

Hump Nose (Aquiline Nose)

Often described as a hooked or Roman nose, a hump nose is characterized as a bump on the bridge of the nose. A hump nose is usually due to family genetics. It could also be due to a previous injury. Hump nose surgery is the procedure whereby your surgeon will reduce the pronounced hump, also called the dorsal hump, on the bridge of the nose. Two methods exist for this issue:

  • Nose raspingย โ€“ The first method is desired only if you have a very minor case of dorsal hump. The surgeon will use a technique called rasping to shave off some of the nasal bone to create a more even surface.
  • Fracturingย โ€“ Cases in which the hump is more noticeable, the surgeon will surgically fracture the nose in addition to rasping the nose bridge bone. The nasal tip will also be elevated in order to balance the overall proportion of the face.
Rhinoplasty: Hump Nose - Nose Rasping
Rhinoplasty: Hump Nose - Fracturing
  • Nose raspingย โ€“ The first method is desired only if you have a very minor case of dorsal hump. The surgeon will use a technique called rasping to shave off some of the nasal bone to create a more even surface.
Rhinoplasty: Hump Nose - Nose Rasping
  • Fracturingย โ€“ Cases in which the hump is more noticeable, the surgeon will surgically fracture the nose in addition to rasping the nose bridge bone. The nasal tip will also be elevated in order to balance the overall proportion of the face.
Rhinoplasty: Hump Nose - Fracturing

Wide Nose (Osteotomy)

The wide nasal bridge is characterized by a nose that looks broad and thick around the center of the bridge. It is most noticeable from a frontal view. This problem is due to the excess width or thickness of the nasal bones.

The undesirable width is typically treated using a technique called osteotomy. Osteotomy involves making controlled bone fractures which allows the nasal bones to be positioned inward, thereby narrowing the appearance of the nose. In some cases, further modification might be necessary and the surgeon will use an implant if that is the case.

Rhinoplasty: Wide Nose - Osteotomy

Nose Tip Surgery

Nose tip surgery is ideal if you are not satisfied with the overall shape or size of the nasal tip. This could be due to a nose with a blunt or bulbous tip, or a nasal tip that is asymmetrical. Tip rhinoplasty is a procedure which creates a more naturally sharp and symmetrical nasal tip, with the appropriate projection and proportion in relation to the rest of the nose. The surgeon will reshape cartilage, or remove the extra cartilage from the nasal tip when necessary. In some cases, the surgeon may also use implants to extend the nasal tip. Depending on the surgeonโ€™s recommendations, they might lift up the tip and redefine the nostrils. There are three methods for this surgery:

  • Cartilage Repositioningย โ€“ In most cases, the surgeon will remove and reuse septal cartilage in such a way that will give the nose a sharper look.
  • Internal Cartilage Trimmedย โ€“ In these circumstances, the surgeon will reposition excised cartilage and distribute it evenly inside the nose. The nose is then sutured in position to make it more symmetrical and sharper looking. This is usually done through a process known as tying.
  • Tip Plasty โ€“ Tip plasty is utilized when you want to reduce the width of the nose, just a little bit, while reshaping the nasal tip which provides a slightly sharper appearance. This is done via tying or can be done by implantation.
Rhinoplasty: Nose Tip - Cartilage Repositioning
Rhinoplasty: Nose Tip - Internal Cartilage Trimmed
Rhinoplasty: Nose Tip - Tip Plasty
  • Cartilage Repositioning โ€“ In most cases, the surgeon will remove and reuse septal cartilage in such a way that will give the nose a sharper look.
Rhinoplasty: Nose Tip - Cartilage Repositioning
  • Internal Cartilage Trimmedย โ€“ In these circumstances, the surgeon will reposition excised cartilage and distribute it evenly inside the nose. The nose is then sutured in position to make it more symmetrical and sharper looking. This is usually done through a process known as tying.
Rhinoplasty: Nose Tip - Internal Cartilage Trimmed
  • Tip Plasty โ€“ Tip plasty is utilized when you want to reduce the width of the nose, just a little bit, while reshaping the nasal tip which provides a slightly sharper appearance. This is done via tying or can be done by implantation.
Rhinoplasty: Nose Tip - Tip Plasty

Alar Reduction

The alar base is a complex three-dimensional shape between the nostrils, columella (tissue that links the nasal tip to the nasal base), cheek, and upper lip. An alar base reduction is a special procedure, designed to narrow the width of the nostril base. The surgery minimizes the appearance of overly prominent nostrils, presents a more attractive, and harmonious overall look. There are two surgical methods for alar reduction:

  • Excisionย – The surgeon will cut away some skin from the inner side of the alar base, and the cut will be closed with a delicate suture.
  • Excision and tyingย – Using this method, the surgeon will make a small excision on the inner side of the nostrils and two points will be tied together inwards with a thread.
Rhinoplasty: Alar Reduction - Excision
Rhinoplasty: Alar Reduction - Excision and Tying
  • Excisionย – The surgeon will cut away some skin from the inner side of the alar base, and the cut will be closed with a delicate suture.
Rhinoplasty: Alar Reduction - Excision
  • Excision and tyingย – Using this method, the surgeon will make a small excision on the inner side of the nostrils and two points will be tied together inwards with a thread.
Rhinoplasty: Alar Reduction - Excision and Tying

FAQ Rhinoplasty

Standard Rhinoplasty in South Korea includes 3 main points of Rhinoplasty: inserting implant to the nose bridge, nose tip surgery and adding nose tip support.

During rhinoplasty, you can choose to use implant or not using implant. It depends on how you want to do with their nose bridge. If you want a higher nose bridge, then we suggest to have implant. If your nose is high enough, in some cases implant might also not needed. Nevertheless, if you want a better nose line, straight and pretty, then we suggest you to get implant

Generally in Korea, you can choose to get either Silicon or Goretex implant, in some hospital you can also find them using rib cartilage.

Silicone implant is the most common implant in Rhinoplasty. In Korea, almost 8 of 10 people get this implant during Rhinoplasty. Silicone implant comes in various sizes, length and thickness. Thus, doctor can have more options to make the perfect nose for you. The texture is solid making it easy to be removed in case you need revision because of inflammation or other issue. In the other hand, capsule will be formed around the implant as a reaction from the body to foreign implant. During this process, there is a little risk that the implant might move slightly. But as long as there is big impact or pressure to nose for the first 1 month, then it will be fine.

Goretex implant is the second most common Implant to be used in Rhinoplasty. Aside to silicone implant, goretex implant surface is not completely solid. There are small holes along the surfaces. This makes goretex implant to be more fixated than silicone implant after recovery, since tissue will fill the small hole and it grabs and fixes the implant position. However, when it comes to revision surgery, it makes doctor difficult to remove it because it sticks to the tissue. During the removal process it might give more damage to tissue compared to silicone implants.

Different from silicone and goretex, rib cartilage is not a implant and body will not think of it as a foreign substance. It wil have lower risk of infection and allergy reaction compared to silicone and goretex. However, since rib cartilage is a natural cartilage, there is a possibility that body could absorb it. It makes nose hight could be different after certain time. It can also be absorbed partially, which can make nose surface not straight.

The stitch removal will be done 1 week after the surgery. After stitch removal, the tape that covers the nose will be removed and patient could go back to do daily activities without being worry about the tape. The swellings and bruise will gradually be gone for around 2~3 weeks. After 1 month, usually the nose has been recovered and it has no different with original one. However, there will be still tiny swellings and it will be gone after around 6 months.

There is no side effect after Rhinoplasty. You might feel even better after one. During Rhinoplasty, doctor will examine your nose shape and its functionality, thus doctor can also help to fix if you have any problem with your nose.

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