What is Rhinoplasty/Nose Reshaping?
Types of Rhinoplasty
- Open Rhinoplasty: a cut is made across the skin between the nostrils leaving a fine scar which gradually fades.
- Closed Rhinoplasty: involves tiny cuts inside the nostrils leaving minimal, mostly internal, scarring
- Septorhinoplasty: straightens the nose to correct a deviated septum
- Rhinoplasty-Tip: cartilage is removed to reduce the tip without visible scarring
- Nostril Alteration: involves tiny incisions with minimal scarring which is hidden in the nostril crease
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Before the surgery you will meet with your surgeon to discuss:
- Your reason for undergoing Nose Reshaping surgery.
- The changes you are trying to make.
- The results you would like achieved - you need to maintain realistic expectations.
- Activities to be discontinued prior to surgery including smoking and taking certain medications.
The day of surgery will require some preparation before the procedure:
- You will be asked to be 'nil-by-mouth' for up to six hours.
- Your surgeon will prepare you for surgery - and may draw marks on the skin
- Final consent will be obtained at this time your surgeon will answer any last minute questions
The surgery itself will:
- Be performed under general anaesthetic
- Take around two hours
- Leave minimal scarring
- Requires an overnight stay in hospital
Immediately after surgery
- A splint is placed over the bridge of your nose, possibly packs inside the nostrils and possibly ice packs over your eyes, to minimise bruising and swelling
- You may not be able to breath through your nose; drink plenty of fluids to help avoid a sore throat
- Painkillers will be offered, however the congested nasal feeling is more the reason for the discomfort.
Following your surgery you will:
- Experience some numbness, bruising and swelling which gradually fades
- Have slight bleeding from your nostrils which can be dabbed away.
- Need to rest in a semi-upright position for the first few days and avoid bending down.
- Be required to come in to the clinic for a post operative appointment 7-10 after surgery
- Find contact lenses are difficult to insert or remove; glasses may be uncomfortable.
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.
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.
The Harley Medical Group has performed thousands of Rhinoplasty procedures across our 18 clinics across the UK including Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and our flagship clinic on Harley Street in London and regularly receives excellent feedback from patients.
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 Free consultation and your counsellor will be happy to take you through these.
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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Frequently Asked Rhinoplasty Questions
Increase your self-esteem and confidence in having your photo taken
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.
Prices start from £4,995 but each client is different so there isn’t one, single cost for nose surgery.
We advise you come for a free consultation to speak with a member of our qualified team so the right type of procedure can be determined for you and you’ll be given the exact cost.
The price quoted will include an overnight stay in hospital and all aftercare.
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.
Recovery varies from person to person, but we usually recommend taking ten days off work and avoiding sports of any kind for the first three months.
You will have bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes and a splint in place for between seven and ten days after surgery. This will be removed in the clinic and we will give you ongoing advice and care. To help reduce the swelling and advise you to minimise the blowing of your nose in the two weeks following the procedure.
You can expect to see the full results of your Nose Reshaping surgery after six to 12 months.
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.
The risks associated with rhinoplasty are the same as with any other surgical procedure that involves a general anaesthetic. There are no specific risks specifically relating to rhinoplasty to be concerned about, but your cosmetic surgeon will explain the entire procedure to you in detail.
We recommend avoiding contact sports for three months after your rhinoplasty surgery, but otherwise simply treat your nose with the same care and attention as you always have. You can contact us at any time to ask questions.