What is a Rhinoplasty?

Dr Cameron McIntosh
Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) is a complicated operation to improve the shape and function of your nose that should be performed by a specialist surgeon who is highly trained and often carries out the procedure. There are two main groups of patients who undergo a Nose Job. Those with nasal obstruction and those who want to look better. By far the majority of patients have both complaints.
It’s very important to have clear goals as to why you want the surgery. If you think of vague things such as “It’s just not nice” or “I want to get married” this may not be the operation for you. Try and be as specific as possible and narrow it down to 3 defined outcomes. A detailed history and examination is essential and often a number of specialized additional tests need to be performed such as air-flow/pressure and CT Scans of the nose, septum and sinuses.

What is visible on the outside as unsightly is probably caused by an internal problem such as a deviated septum.

There are two parts to a Rhinoplasty operation. The one part is the cosmetic part which is all about brining harmony to your nose and face. The other part is dealing with the functional aspects by improving the flow of air through your nose There are two main approaches to surgery. One of those is the so called “open approach” whereby a small cut is made under the nose (Columella) and the other the so called “closed” approach where all incisions are made inside the nostrils.

FAQ’s About Rhinoplasty

This video covers the 10 most common questions I am asked by patients about a possible Nose Job.

The South African Rhinoplasty Society
In September 2017 the Society of Rhinoplasty Surgeons of South Africa (SORSSA) was founded by a group of passionate specialist surgeons in Port Elizabeth. We had a number of motivations behind us forming this non-profit organization. Some of those were to provide a forum for exchange of information and ideas relating to the art and science of rhinoplasty. We also wanted promote and update education and research pertaining to rhinoplasty in order to inform the membership, the medical profession, and the general public.

We wanted to put Africa on the map and be able to cooperate with other International organizations for the advancement of knowledge in the field of rhinoplasty. Instead of travelling abroad we set ourselves the goal on an annual Scientific Meeting comprised of peer-reviewed presentations by nasal surgeons in South Africa and other countries. Ultimately we felt the need to establish a non-political organization dedicated to the study of nasal surgery, specifically designed and organized to minimize any risk to the public. It has been remarkable to see how in such a short period of time we’ve reached all our goals