- Rhinoplasty

 Post traumatic deformity of nose commonly involves deviation of nose due to fracture and septal deviation. Prominent scars may also be there. The deviated bone and septal cartilages can be set right by Rhinoplasty. The profile of the nose also needs improvement in most cases. 

 The nose deformity in Cleft lip cases can be treated at the time of the cleft lip repair or later in life- usually after 16-17 years of age. The bony and cartilage structure is affected in cleft lip nose deformity and that can be corrected by Rhinoplasty. Touch up procedures may be required in severe deformities.

 Cosmetic surgery is no longer for rich and famous only. Increased awareness, availability and safety of rhinoplasty has made it popular and affordable in India. People from all walks of life are getting their nose shape improved through rhinoplasty.

 Rhinoplasty is a day care procedure; you can resume normal activities from the next day. You can travel through Kerala and enjoy during the recovery time. There will be tapes on the nose so you may not be in the “best form” for pictures! But that should not prevent you from having a good time. 

 There are no such schemes available in India now. Credit card holders can avail off certain schemes provided by the company. Personal loans from banks / finance companies may be another option.

 Rhinoplasty aims to create a better looking nose that matches the rest of your face. Any significant problems in facial balance should also be addressed at the same time for optimal results. Rhinoplasty will not make you look like somebody else, rather your face will be enhanced aesthetically retraining the essential character.

 It is normal to have swelling on the nose after a Rhinoplasty. The swelling will be more in the tip area especially after open Rhinoplasty. Most of the swelling subsides in 2-3 weeks. In most cases the nose will look good in 3 weeks. Complete resolution of edema takes 6-12 months.

 The first step is to contact your operating surgeon and inform him/her about your state of mind. The final result of  Rhinoplasty takes many months to define. In the initial few weeks, there will be some swelling which may mask the actual work done. It will be prudent to wait for at least 3-6 months before considering revision Rhinoplasty . Some situations may warrant immediate correction- mal positioned graft/ implant, haematoma, infection etc.

 Hump on nose can be corrected by Rhinoplasty. The excess bone and cartilage in the hump can be filed down or may require excision. The nasal tip also needs to be modified to match the newly set profile of nose. The drooping tip can also be completely corrected by changing the orientation of the cartilages on the tip of nose.

 Long nose can be downsized to match the rest of the face. The facial balance will be assessed and if an additional procedure like chin augmentation is required, that will add to the overall improvement. 

 Wide nose can be corrected by cosmetic nose surgery/ Rhinoplasty. The increased width may be due to wide base of the bones in upper part of nose or wide base of nose or combination of both. The bones can be narrowed and the base can be reduced to the right proportion. Wide nose correction is commonly performed in Kerala.

 Short bulbous nose is a common cosmetic problem in Kerala. Rhinoplasty can create significant improvement and make the nose well defined. The cartilages that give shape to the tip can be altered to make the tip more pointed. most cases need addition of graft or implant to the bridge of nose to make it look longer. The base of the nose can also be narrowed to create overall improvement. 

 Rhinoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic procedures if needed. Most common cosmetic procedure performed with Rhinoplasty is Chin augmentation. Other facial cosmetic surgery or body contouring surgery can also be combined with Rhinoplasty. 

 Rhinoplasty involves change in external nose architecture. Major complications are rare in Rhinoplasty . Dissatisfaction with the outcome is possible. infection, complication from anesthesia, asymmetry, implant mal position, nose bleed, pigmentation and allergy to medicines are possible. The risk of complications can be reduced by selecting a qualified and experienced surgeon performing Rhinoplasty in quality accredited centre, conveying your wishes clearly to the surgeon and by following all post operative instructions. 


Cosmetic Rhinoplasty in Kerala is usually performed in the age group 18-45 years. In younger ages, the facial development is not complete. Rhinoplasty can be performed in older age groups, to correct ageing changes, revision rhinoplasty and post traumatic deformities, though healing may be affected by concomitant medical problems and other factors. 

  A proper Rhinoplasty/ cosmetic nose surgery does not hamper the functions of nose. Breathing can be improved by Septo Rhinoplasty. Sense of smell is not affected by Rhinoplasty.

  In open Rhinoplasty, the change in shape to cartilages and bony structures are effected under direct vision. Open rhinoplasty involves tiny incision in the columella (the partition between nostrils). The mark of this incision fades in time and is hardly visible. In close Rhinoplasty . all incisions are made inside the nose without any external marks.

 Most Rhinoplasties involve modification of the shape of the nose bridge. In such cases, it is not advisable to wear heavy glasses till the swelling subsides. In cases where only the nasal tip of base of nose is altered. glasses can be worn.


 Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery and so is not covered under medical insurance in India. Finance schemes for part payments are also not available from hospitals/clinics. Some credit cards may allow part payments without high interest.

 The surgery is performed under anesthesia and is painless. Post operative period is also pain free. Minor discomfort may be experienced for initial few days which is well controlled with pain medications.

 The expected outcome of surgery should be discussed well with your cosmetic surgeon. Results of previous surgeries will provide an indication of what is possible. Line diagrams super imposed on photographs are also helpful. The results created by computer software may not be accurately duplicated in surgery. For this reason, computerized imaging is not used in most ethical rhinoplasty  centres.

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 A complete discussion with your treating surgeon is most important. Smoking should be stopped 2 weeks before surgery. Blood tests and X rays/scans may be required few days before surgery. You may not be able to socialize actively during the initial few days after surgery, so make provisions for your social inactivity. 2 weeks time off from work is advisable.


 In open Rhinoplasty, there will be a small cut in the base of nose.  Once healing is complete this mark is not visible as it is in the shadow area of nose. There are scars in closed Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty/ cosmetic surgery of nose is regularly performed at Lakeshore hospital by expert rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Hari Menon. Rhinoplasty is best performed by Plastic surgeons specialising in Cosmetic surgery.

Most cases can be performed as daycare procedures without hospital stay. If septal correction  is also done, one day stay is recommended. 

 The cost of Rhinoplasty/ Cosmetic surgery of nose will depend on the surgical pan. The total cost can vary from INR 75,000 to INR 250,000. The actual cost in a particular case can be known after clinical assessment. You can meet Dr. Hari Menon for complete assessment and discussion at Lakeshore hospital, Cochin, Kerala.

 Rhinoplasty is usually done under general anesthesia in Kerala. Small corrections can be performed using Local anesthesia. Hospital admission is not required for rhinoplasty even after general anesthesia. Most people in Kerala are more comfortable undergoing surgery under general anesthesia