Nose corrections (rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty is reconstructive surgery for aesthetic optimisation of the nose which needs to be changed because of natural growth, an accident or a tumour. Rhinoplasty can also be carried out to improve nasal breathing.

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Nose operations require great technical skill

More than any other forms of cosmetic maxillofacial surgery, nose operations require a technically competent and skilful surgeon with many years of experience, who is able to visualise the result in advance.

The “nose for everyone” doesn’t exist

Professor Sailer, who achieved world fame in the field of complex facial deformity surgery, has successfully performed more than a thousand nose operations. The great art of rhinoplasty is to achieve what the patient desires, and not what the surgeon desires. Many cosmetic surgeons try to model the “same nose” for all their patients. A good surgeon, however, listens to his patients and tries to give them what they want, as long as this is in the realm of the possible and responsibly feasible.  

Preparations and first consultation appointment

Professor Sailer takes both a surgical and artistic approach to his nose operations. In the first consultation interview, he answers your questions, and discusses expectations and possible results. Following this, a thorough clinical examination of your nose is performed in order to determine together which changes are desired and which are possible.

A nose operation must be planned on an individual basis

In order to ensure comprehensive operation planning, the nose is photographed from different perspectives. Additionally, a cephalogram, a true-to-scale profile X-ray taken from the side, is generated. This is the only way the result can be pre- and postoperatively assessed. The profile X-ray is a great help in surgical planning as it represents the nasal and facial structures at a true-to-scale perspective. In case of nasal obstruction and septal deviation, a CT scan of the nose and paranasal sinuses should always be performed as well. Often a rhinomanometry (measurement procedure to determine air resistance through the nose) is also necessary.

Nose corrections require a holistic approach

The shape and size of a nose is also dependent on the proportions of the rest of the face, and even the rest of the body. A very large person should therefore not have a nose which is too small, and vice versa. The nose, lip and chin make up an aesthetic unity. An undersized chin or small lower jaw causes the nose to look too big. In all cases, nose surgery demands exact and thorough planning. Depending on the level of difficulty, nose surgery is performed via minimal invasion, or openly, via surgical access in the region of the nose bridge.

Patient writes about her nose surgery 2017

Mrs. B. Cakar, Switzerland

Dear reader and companion in misfortune 

My story begins with the fact that I have felt unattractive for years since the days of being a teenager. Due to my excessively large nose and my undefined facial features, I had already expressed the desire back then to get rid of my imperfections by means of surgery. I was told that my nose was too big, my face too round. These words not only hurt me but shaped me as a person. The degree of suffering I endured was so great that I felt very uncomfortable as soon as someone looked at me from the side. I had the urge to pose differently in photos in an effort to at least hide my imperfections in photos by means of light, shadow and make-up. I placed a great deal of emphasis on aesthetics since I was very small and to see how my little nose as a child was transformed into a dominant nose although my facial contours were not altered at the same time was a very disappointing process. I was also plagued by severe jaw pain and headaches after wearing braces. For years, I suffered from unexplained migraines, and my jaw regularly made a cracking sound due to unexplained tension, despite all the doctors' visits. 

Patient report after nose correction 2017

Angela Dambone, Switzerland

Many, many thanks for my super nose :)

I found out about Klinik Professor Sailer through an acquaintance, on whom he had operated several times very successfully.

10 years ago a doctor unsuccessfully operated on my nose, which had never functioned properly.

Subsequently I sought consultation from at least 7 different doctors from Zurich to Geneva and nobody was able to operate, they all said it would go wrong.

I had nearly given up hope, but then I had a car accident and had to undergo an operation on my nose. When the hospital was no longer in a position to assist me any further, I turned to Prof. Sailer and he was able to help.

On 18/02/2016 I was operated, the nose construction proving to be extremely successful.

It is 1 year ago today since the operation and I can breathe perfectly through my nose. It is also aesthetically beautiful, without any bumps or dents.

 

I can highly recommend it to everyone. From now on I will only go to Klinik Professor Sailer.

The receptionists and the entire team are always friendly and helpful :)

 

Thank you so much and the very best wishes

Angela Dambone

Patient report about nose surgery June 2016

Mrs. Maya M. Switzerland

I was unhappy with I looked from the side, my nose was to big with a hump and I had a week chin.

I discussed with my husband that I want to improve my facial appearance and believe me, my husband is not a big fan of plastic surgery and the most important for him was that I look still natural and keep my natural beauty. 

Nose operation report April 2016

Patient from Zuerich, Switzerland

I had this nose. A nose I didn’t like, although I had once had no problem with it. Somehow this chunky and crude part no longer seemed to match the rest of my otherwise delicate face. 

Nose operation longtime result, April 2016

Mrs. Jayne Cloutier, Hawaii

When I was a child of 7 years I broke my nose. I didn't get any treatment until I reached the age of 23. I couldn't breath through my nose, and got it corrected in a clinic. Twelve years later again I couldn't breath anymore through my nose. 

Then I met Dr. Prof. Sailer.

Patient report Oktober 2015

Magdalena Wallhoff, Seattle USA

The experience in Professor Sailer's clinic was exceptional in every way.  From the first telephone call with a staff member to the operation, I was struck by the highest level of excellence.  Everything was clear, precise, and permeated by a genuine care.  It would be enough if everything would be operationally perfect; but Prof. Sailer and his team go beyond that.  Here, one can observe and be at the hands of caring people who have the heart and philosophy to make a sterile procedure into an inspiring experience in life.  My surgery was to correct an accident-caused crooked nose; the accident (a botched sinus surgery) had made me feel that I had lost my own face.  Prof. Sailer restored it, making the nose look very natural despite significant work done on it. I am deeply grateful, not only for having my own face back, but for the example set by Professor Sailer and his team in the pursuit of excellence.

Many kind regards from Seattle!  I am so happy with my nose, and think often of all of you!

Magdalena