‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.
Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help. This weeks question is answered by Mr Baljit Dheansa, consultant plastic, burns & reconstructive surgeon.
This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on 2 January 2013, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.
Dear Spire Gatwick Hospital, I am a 24 year old Asian male and have a typically long nose with a bump. It’s always put me down and having spoken to my family they feel it would be good to get it sorted. I have never been confident in my social circle and hate having my photos taken. Please could you tell me more about the procedure, recovery time, how long will I need off work and any other information you think I need to know before I take the next step? Thanks Mr Khan, Crawley.
"If you are contemplating surgery to your nose (rhinoplasty) the most important thing to do is be assessed by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who can discuss your concerns, examine you carefully and then work out a surgical plan with you. Deciding what needs to be done is just as important as who does it so make sure you are happy that your surgeon understands what troubles you.
The operation is done under a general anaesthetic (you are asleep) with an overnight stay. You will need a plaster on your nose for a week and have to sleep upright for a week or two. You'll have to take things easy for a couple of weeks and avoid any contact sport for up to 6 weeks. Don't be surprised if you get a couple of black eyes which may last a couple of weeks. Many people can get back to light work after a week. You can get more information from www.spiregatwick.com or www.my-plastic-surgeon.co.uk .“