You can usually fly 10 to 14 days after surgery. This is dependent upon the specific surgery you have had and Mr Lakhani will provide you with more personalised advice during your consultations.
It really depends upon the type of exercise you are normally undertake. Regular gym work such as running, cycling or light exercise classes may be gently recommenced at two weeks following surgery. You should work up to normal activities in terms of intensity by one month. You may wish to delay this process slightly for more intense workouts or for heavy weightlifting. Contact sports such as boxing or martial arts are generally discouraged following this type of surgery as further injury to the nose is possible.
On the whole pain is very minimal following rhinoplasty surgery. Painkillers such as ibuprofen & paracetamol can help with regards to the pain. Pain usually subsides around 3 to 4 days following the operation with only mild discomfort persisting beyond this. Mr Lakhani can provide stronger pain relief for any pain which is not controlled via paracetamol and ibuprofen. Mr Lakhani's anaesthetist will also discuss pain relief with you to ensure that you are comfortable in the recovery period.
Rhinoplasty costs can vary dependent upon the exact type of procedure you have. After your initial consultation with Mr Lakhani, he will be able to provide you with a more accurate, itemised invoice for your treatment. This can vary depending on the location of the surgery.
There can be a variation in cost depending on the individual surgeon and location for example. It is essential that you have your operation performed by a well-qualified and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon.
You can restart swimming in a chlorinated pool two weeks after surgery. Your internal nose incisions should have healed at this point. Any open water swimming should be delayed however for at least one month.
Depending on the nature of your job you will need at least one to two weeks away from work. You may be able to work from home after a few days but going into the office or other crowded areas should be avoided for one to two weeks. You will require more time off work for more physically demanding jobs. Mr Lakhani will provide you with any documentation your workplace requires in respect of the time off.
Depending on the type of surgery you require, there may be a small scar discreetly placed between the nostrils. This usually heals extremely well and after a few weeks is barely noticeable. Mr Lakhani in select cases can perform scarless surgery which may be suitable in your nose re-shaping case.
Ideally you should avoid wearing glasses where possible for up to 6 weeks following your surgery. Glasses which are essential can be worn a week after surgery. It would be advisable to place them very gently on the nose and reduce the time wearing them where possible.
It is important that you have a realistic expectation of the possible outcomes with surgery. Mr Lakhani will do his very best to give you the optimal outcome. Significant improvements to the shape and nasal function are certainly achievable but reaching perfection may not be. As with any surgical procedure it is critical you select a highly trained and experienced surgeon to perform your surgery to give you the best chance of a good outcome.
Broadly speaking there are two main types of rhinoplasty, known as the open or closed techniques. Mr Lakhani is trained and experienced in both techniques. He will select the most appropriate technique to provide you the results you would like. The closed technique avoids an external scar and usually results in less tip swelling and skin numbness. The open procedure provides excellent access to the tip of the nose to help with any reshaping you may need here.
RhinoplastyLDN clinics are based in Central London. Regular clinics are held in the Harley Street area and in Chelsea. If it is more convenient for you Mr Lakhani can see you at his Surrey-based rhinoplasty clinic.
We are very happy to conduct zoom consultations for rhinoplasty. If you are deemed a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty you will be invited to meet Mr Lakhani at his RhinoplastyLDN clinic face- to-face for an in-depth discussion regarding your specific procedure.
Mr Lakhani only operates within hospitals of the very highest standard in central London. He has therefore based his practice at the Weymouth Hospital in the Harley Street area and the Lister Hospital in Chelsea. He also works from St Anthony's Hospital in Cheam, Surrey if this is more convenient for you. All these facilities are of the highest standard in terms of comfort, safety and general care.
Generally, the final result can take up to one year, but you will often see some major changes and improvements as the dressing is taken off your nose around 5-7 days after your nose reshaping surgery. Approximately 60-70% of the swelling will go down by 6 weeks but the remaining swelling can take up to one year.
Yes, absolutely if appropriate you will be able to have definitive treatment for your sinus problems at the same time as your nose reshaping surgery. You will of course have a thorough assessment including a scan of the sinuses to help guide treatment to ensure your sinus problems are fully addressed.
It is important that you wait for at least one year after your last surgery to consider any further surgery to your nose. It is useful to consider very carefully whether you would like to undergo revision surgery. Revision rhinoplasty is much more difficult than a primary rhinoplasty and therefore results are slightly less predictable. You may also need tissues such as cartilage from other parts of your body such as the ears or ribs to be used to give you an optimal result.
Every effort will be made to give you the result you want, however, it must be remembered that there are factors which cannot be controlled by your surgeon. These include scarring tendencies, variations in healing, possible infection or amount of swelling after surgery. It is very important that you abstain from smoking for a few months at least prior to the surgery and long-term after your nose reshaping surgery. You absolutely must not take any recreational drugs within the nose as this can severely damage your new nose. It is also in vital that to you maintain a healthy diet and optimise any other health problems you may have.
Absolutely, Mr Lakhani has a breath of experience in guiding patients regarding shape change for the nose and ensuring the nose looks natural and matches the other facial features. At Rhinoplasty LDN you will also have image morphing and image manipulation performed on photographs so you can see the potential results from surgery to help guide decision-making.
Mr Lakhani's team and clinics are fully equipped to be able to safely meet and assess you for your rhinoplasty surgery. His clinics have the latest air filtration systems and PPE to keep everyone safe. If the infection rate does rise, then it may be necessary to temporarily delay face to face appointments and conduct a video consultation.
Yes, you can. You will need to wear the mask a little higher than usual, so it does not cause too much pressure on the bridge or tip of your nose. You will be asked to observe social distancing and isolate for a few days after surgery so the need to wear a mask in the early period after surgery will be minimised.