Anil Banerjee has been performing nasal surgery for over 12 years as a Consultant and prior to that trained for six years as a Registrar. He undertakes a wide range of procedures from Cosmetic Nose Job surgery through to nasal surgery to correct medical problems.
A fully qualified specialist in this area he is on the UK Specialist Register as being fully accredited and is part of the ENT UK Facial Plastic Surgery Group as well as being a Member of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons. He is also a member of the British Rhinology Society and lectures on facial plastic surgery both in the UK and overseas. He has his private practice in Leicester as well as clinics at: The London Road Clinic, The Spire Hospital , Leicester and The Nuffield Hospital.The London Road Clinic, Click Here for his full profile.
Cosmetic 'Nose Job' Surgery
If you are unhappy with the way your nose looks, then you are probably considering cosmetic surgery (known as a 'nose job surgery').
Rhinoplasty is the term for using plastic surgery to reshape the nose. This is commonly done to straighten a “bent” looking nose, remove a hump and reverse a droop.
There are two main techniques in Rhinoplasty: The open technique involves a small cut at the base of the nose as well as internal incisions whereas the closed technique involves working on the inside of the nose. Which method is used will depend on what is required of surgery and the patient’s needs.
People often ask who is the best surgeon to perform this procedure as both ENT surgeons and cosmetic surgeons perform it. However, ENT Surgeons are able to perform many more rhinoplasties during training as cosmetic rhinoplasty is not an operation allowed on the NHS. Functional rhinoplasty procedures(designed to improve nasal breathing ) are however allowed on the NHS - for instance to improve nasal breathing - and is an operation which is almost always performed by ENT Surgeons. The result is that ENT surgeons are generally more versed in rhinoplasty techniques before they become consultants.
Nose Revision Surgery
In a small minority of cases the outcome of surgery can be unsatisfactory and in these instances it is sometimes necessary to undertake further surgery.
Sometimes the tip of the nose is the problem and in these cases an 'open approach' in which a small cut is made at the base of nose is often required. This technique allows much finer manipulation of the tip structures particularly in cases where previous surgery has left scar tissue present. It may be necessary to take tissue from other areas (such as the ear or rib) if the usual sites within the nose have been exhausted by previous surgery.
Risks include some loss of feeling over the tip or base of the nose or post operative swelling which does not go away, although these are both very rare. There is also a small risk of infection or bleeding and of a worse appearance.
Despite the risks, nasal surgery is usually very successful in improving the appearance of the nose.
Procedures To Correct Medical Problems
Medical problems that may require surgery include the following:
A blocked nose is most commonly experienced when someone has a cold, but for those who suffer this all the time, Mr Banerjee can determine the cause and the best solution.
A blocked nose can be caused by a number of factors : Inflammation of the lining of the nose (rhinitis or rhinosinusitis), Swellings within the nose (such as polyps), Structural problems in the nose (underdeveloped or due to injury) and possibly even foreign bodies in the nose.
Continually Streaming Nose
In some rare instances the nose fails to develop properly and the only way for mucus to travel is through the front of the nose. Known as choanal atresia, this is usually diagnosed shortly after birth,. An operation is required to correct the blockage at the back of the nose and is usually very successful.
While the odd nose bleed is fairly common, constant nose bleeds need medical attention. in this case consulting an ENT specialist will provide an expert assessment and cautery of the affected area is usually all that is required.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive sleep apnoea is caused by obstruction of the airway and occurs when you stop breathing completely for 10 seconds or more when asleep. Most people with OSA do this more than once during a nights sleep. This usually means that the airway has completely collapsed and until the brain wakes up there is no air movement.
Mr Banerjee has extensive experience is treating this problem, and regularly works in conjunction with sleep disorder clinics. It may be that surgery is not required, and other alternatives can be found, but Mr Banerjee has a series of investigations and monitoring that will determine the best course of action.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with Mr Banerjee to look into this condition further please contact us.