The Harley Medical Group

Medically Reviewed May 2022 by Premjit Randhawa - Consultant Surgeon in Plastic Surgery at The Harley Medical Group

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure which can address a number of concerns which you may have with the appearance of your nose or to rectify any breathing difficulties.

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is an operation which can change the shape or size of your nose. Nose surgery can be carried out for self-esteem and cosmetic reasons or health reasons including breathing difficulties!

Why a Nose Job may be right for you?

There are many reasons people choose rhinoplasty. As mentioned, nose jobs can address numerous concerns from cosmetic issues to alleviating breathing difficulties. Some of the ways in which a nose job can benefit you or alter your nose are:

  • Reducing the size of your nose
  • Reducing the length of your nose
  • Removing or reducing a bridge/lump on nose
  • Straightening a crooked nose
  • Adjusting nostril size and shape
  • Amending asymmetry of your nose
  • Reshaping tip of nose
  • Improving or alleviating breathing difficulties

If any of the above are a concern for you then nose surgery might be something to consider. Booking a free consultation with our expert team will allow you to discuss options for rhinoplasty, the costs and see what exactly can be done to your nose.

How much is a Nose Job?

Rhinoplasty costs vary from patient –to patient depending on the exact nose surgery requirements. Our rhinoplasty prices generally start from £6,625 which is inclusive of your overnight stay in hospital and all necessary aftercare.

Our free consultations allow you to discuss the procedure and your options in detail, with no obligations. Our qualified rhinoplasty experts will be able to advise you on the right type of procedure for your desired nose results and give you an exact cost, allowing you to make an informed decision without having to pay for an initial consultation.

Who will carry out your Rhinoplasty?

As with all of our treatments and cosmetic surgery procedures, only the best experts will carry out your rhinoplasty. We are a trusted cosmetic surgery provider and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care.

As part of our commitment to quality care, we have a Clinical Governance Board which is comprised of medical experts and surgeons who work with us. All our surgeons, treatments and procedures are vetted by the Clinical Governance Board.

As well as working with us, many of our expert surgeons also hold substantive posts in the National Health Service (NHS) in cosmetic and other specialities, including oncology (Cancer Care), hand and wrist surgery and medical research.

Our patients and the service they receive is at the utmost importance to us! You can be certain that all of our rhinoplasty surgeons are the best in their field and will deliver the results you want!

The Harley Medical Group has performed thousands of rhinoplasty procedures across our 16 clinics across the UK including ManchesterBirminghamLiverpoolLeeds and our flagship clinic on Harley Street in London and regularly receives excellent feedback from patients.

See below for some of the top surgeons who will carry out your nose job at our locations across the UK.

Amir Sadri

Consultant Surgeon

George Samouris

Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon

Helena Antoniadou

Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
Irfan Khan

Irfan Khan

Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon

Premjit Randhawa

Consultant Aesthetic Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Our Hospitals

At Harley Medical Group, we provide the highest level of patient care at both our clinics and hospitals. We are members of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). All our hospitals have medically led teams of expert Surgeons, with years of experience, and all are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Our hospitals are trusted Rhinoplasty providers and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care. Our hospitals include:

Understanding the Rhinoplasty procedure

Before undergoing nose surgery, it is important to understand all the stages of the surgery so you know what to expect! You should understand the different types of nose surgery available so you can make an educated decision on which you would prefer. We also recommend educating yourself about what is needed pre and post-procedure, so you can make a fully informed decision about whether nose surgery is something you wish to undergo.


The Different types of Nose Surgery we offer

There are a number of different types of rhinoplasty surgeries offered by our expert surgeons. During your free consultation they will be able to help advise which would be best for you, depending on your desired results. Some of the options include:

  • Open Rhinoplasty: an open rhinoplasty procedure is when a cut is made across the skin between the nostrils leaving a fine scar which gradually fades. Bone and cartilage is rearranged to alter your nose shape.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty: a closed rhinoplasty involves tiny cuts inside the nostrils leaving minimal, mostly internal, scarring. It also takes less time to heal than an open rhinoplasty, however not everyone is able to have this type of procedure.
  • Septorhinoplasty: this type of nose surgery straightens the nose to correct a deviated septum whilst also improving the overall appearance of your nose.
  • Rhinoplasty-Tip: in this nose surgery procedure cartilage is removed to reduce the tip of the nose without visible scarring.
  • Nostril Alteration: this involves tiny incisions with minimal scarring which is hidden in the nostril crease to alter your nostril size or shape.

All of the different types of nose surgery will all be performed under general anaesthetic and will likely take around two hours. As explained above, rhinoplasty leaves minimal scarring. Recovery usually takes around twelve weeks. You can find out more about the recovery and aftercare process below.

What to expect before your Nose Surgery?

Preparing for surgery is important! As mentioned, you will always begin your rhinoplasty journey with a free consultation meeting with your surgeon. During this appointment you will discuss:

  • Your reason for undergoing nose reshaping surgery.
  • The changes you are wanting to make to your nose.
  • The results you would like to achieve (you need to maintain realistic expectations as to what you expect your new nose to look like).
  • Which lifestyle changes will need to be made prior to surgery including smoking and the taking of certain medications.

Your free consultation appointment will allow you and your surgeon to decide upon whether rhinoplasty is the right option for you and which procedure type will be best. Your surgeon will also be able to answer any of your other questions about having a nose job.

Preparation for Nose Surgery

Getting surgery requires some preparation, on the day of your surgery you can expect to:

  • Be asked to be 'nil-by-mouth' for up to six hours before rhinoplasty.
  • Be prepared for your surgery by your surgeon - they may draw marks on the skin to aid the procedure.

What happens after Nose Surgery?

After your nose surgery procedure, a splint will be placed over the bridge of your nose. The inside of your nostrils may also be packed, and ice packs will be placed over your eyes, to minimise post-surgery swelling and bruising.

As you may not be able to breathe through your nose after rhinoplasty, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid a sore throat. Painkillers can be prescribed to help ease the pain and discomfort which is to be expected after surgery.

Rhinoplasty recovery and aftercare explained

Rhinoplasty is a type of facial surgery, so full recovery does take time. Following proper aftercare advice is important to help aid recovery and ensure you are left with your desired nose results.

Recovery does vary from person to person, but we usually recommend taking at least ten days off work after nose surgery and avoiding sports of any kind for the first three months.

Having rhinoplasty will result in bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes, whichever type of nose surgery you receive. You may also experience some numbness and slight bleeding from the nose.

The splint will likely be in place for between seven and ten days after surgery and you will return to the clinic to have this properly removed. During this appointment, we will give you further advice and care to aid your recovery.

To help reduce the swelling and potential bleeding post-surgery you may be advised to follow the below advice for a number of weeks post op:

  • Avoid blowing your nose for at least two weeks after your nose surgery
  • You will need to stay propped up for the first few days avoiding lying down flat.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or bending down as this will cause increased blood flow to head.
  • Avoid exertive exercise and sports
  • Need to have baths rather than showers whilst bandages and splint are in place however, hot baths should be avoided as they may increase bleeding
  • Eat high fibre foods to avoid post operation constipation
  • Avoid expressive facial expressions as they may strain the nose area
  • No sex for at least two weeks
  • Avoid dusty and smoky places, or any other things that may trigger sneezing and breathing difficulties
  • Glasses may need to be taped to head rather than rested on nose for your comfort during healing process. Contact lenses may also be increasingly difficult to wear.
  • Teeth should be brushed gently, with attention paid to moving upper lip as little as possible!

After a few weeks you will feel less discomfort and can be less precautious as your nose continues to heal! Following the aftercare advice is very important and will be worth it when you see the amazing, healed results of your nose surgery!

The potential risks of Rhinoplasty

As with any surgery performed under general anaesthetic there are risks which should be considered before undergoing nose surgery. Some potential risks of undergoing rhinoplasty are:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nose cartilage damage
  • Altered sense of smell
  • Heavy nose bleeds

All surgeries carry risk, which is why it is so important to only undergo surgery with a trusted expert surgeon regulated by the QCC. Our highly vetted rhinoplasty surgeons are all very skilled and experienced in their field, so they can fully explain the procedure and its associated risk to you in detail during a free consultation.

Quality of Care and Assurance

The Harley Medical Group is a trusted cosmetic surgery provider and is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care.

Care Quality Commission

As part of our commitment to quality care, we have a Clinical Governance Board which is comprised of medical experts and surgeons who work with us. All our surgeons, treatments and procedures are vetted by the Clinical Governance Board.

As well as working with us, many of our expert surgeons also hold substantive posts in the National Health Service (NHS) in cosmetic and other specialities. Specialities in include oncology (Cancer Care), hand and wrist surgery, medical research and more.

NHS - National Health Service

Rhinoplasty Before and After Examples

These are just a couple of the Rhinoplasty before and after shots of the numerous images we have on file. Your nurse will be happy to show you more images of procedures carried out by your surgeon at your free consultation.

Rhinoplasty Examples

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The Harley Medical Group has performed thousands of Rhinoplasty procedures across our 18 clinics across the UK including ManchesterBirminghamLiverpoolLeeds and our flagship clinic on Harley Street in London and regularly receives excellent feedback from patients.

Patients' Stories


Finance Options

We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your consultation and your advisor will be happy to take you through these. Finance options are subject to status and terms and conditions apply.

Please contact one of our Client Service Advisors or call 0800 288 4110 or discuss your financial options with one of our nurses during your consultation at your local clinic.

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LCHMG Limited trading as Harley Medical is an Appointed Representative of Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to carry out the regulated activity of credit broking.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Change the size, shape or position of your nose to achieve the overall look and profile you’ve dreamed of

Correct breathing difficulties caused by the size, shape or position of your nose

If you’re unhappy with the size, shape or position of your nose then Nose Reshaping surgery – technically known as Rhinoplasty – could be the right option for you.

Nose surgery is suitable for most people, but everybody is different, so the first step is always a free consultation with a member of our qualified team.

The details of a Rhinoplasty procedure differ depending on exactly what you’re having done. However, there will be little to no visible scarring as surgical incisions will be made either inside the nose or along the natural nostril creases.

If the bone structure is to be altered, your Cosmetic Surgeon will operate entirely inside the nose so your skin is left untouched and therefore allowed to shrink naturally to fit the new size or shape.

A rhinoplasty procedure normally takes approximately two hours and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

This is followed by an extensive rhinoplasty aftercare programme.

All of our Cosmetic Surgeons have performed many nose surgery procedures and can be relied on to listen to your expectations and advise you on realistic outcomes.

Our Rhinoplasty Before and After section may be helpful to you, and additionally our surgeons will be happy to show their portfolio of before & after images of previous rhinoplasty patients so you can see the results of others.

As with all procedures, rhinoplasty patients respond differently to surgery, and recovery times will differ.

We usually remove the splint seven to 10 days after your operation and recommend going back to work after this has happened. At this stage there is still likely to be some bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes, so you may want to take more time off – it’s a good idea to discuss this with your cosmetic surgeon.

In most cases we can. Many of our patients come to us following an injury to the nose which has caused breathing difficulties, or because the natural shape or position of the nose is causing problems.

Your dedicated Cosmetic Surgeon will talk to you in detail about your symptoms, examine your nose and give you advice on the best way forward.

Most people are suitable for a rhinoplasty procedure. However, if you have unrealistic expectations of how you’d like your nose to look, your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you on what’s realistic before agreeing to the procedure. He/she will also discuss your lifestyle and medical history to ensure there’s nothing that could prevent you from being suitable for surgery.

Put simply, ‘open’ Rhinoplasty involves the cosmetic surgeon making a small incision in the columella, which is the skin that covers the part of the nose that separates the nostrils, as well as some internal incisions. This one external incision allows the surgeon to lift the skin and alter the size and shape of the cartilage underneath.

‘Closed’ Rhinoplasty is the term used to describe surgery that is performed via small incisions entirely inside the nose.

As an ethical Cosmetic Surgery provider, we do not perform Cosmetic Surgery on people under 18.

Cosmetic Surgery is not usually recommended for patients who are not fully grown, as the face and body can change dramatically during adolescence.

We do not set an upper age limit for Nose Reshaping surgery, however we will, as with all patients, assess your medical history and current health to make an informed decision on whether or not to perform the procedure.

Most rhinoplasty incisions are made inside the nose so there will be no visible scarring.

Depending on what you’re having done, you may have very tiny scars in the columella (the piece of skin covering the cartilage that joins the nostrils) or in the nostril creases.

These are rarely noticeable to the naked eye.

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