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Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a nose job, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size or change the shape of the nose.

“We have performed thousands of nose surgery procedures, including reducing the size of the nose, changing the shape of the nose, increasing or decreasing the size of the nostrils and smoothing lumps and bumps.” Mark Solomos, consultant rhinoplasty surgeon.

As the central feature of the face, the nose can determine your overall look. If you feel it's not in proportion with the rest of your features, or if you are unhappy with the shape or position of it, Rhinoplasty can help. Whatever the reason is for you being unhappy with your nose, book in for a free consultation today to see how we can help and talk through your options.

Rhinoplasty Can Involve:

Often patients feel the size of their nose is disproportioned with their facial features. Nose surgery can modify the size, shape and overall appearance of the nose in the following ways:


  • Narrowing the bridge of the nose.
  • Reshaping the tip if the nose.
  • Widen or narrow the nostrils.
  • Removing some bone and cartridge off the nose to reduce the size.

The Consultation

During your initial consultation, you will have the chance to ask the many questions you have and a member of our fully trained and qualified team will talk you through the nose surgery procedure, recovery and ongoing aftercare.

The first step to a new, more confident you is a free consultation with a member from our qualified team. During this initial session, you will be invited to ask all your questions to ensure you are happy and comfortable, we will discuss the procedure itself and our excellent aftercare.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Your procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic and it should take around two hours. Many nose surgeries involve making tiny cuts inside the nostrils; this is closed rhinoplasty. For this type of procedure, visible signs of surgery are minimal. Nose surgeries which cut across the skin, between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty), may leave fine scars. Once the procedure is complete, the skin on your nose will then shrink or expand around its new shape. Proper aftercare is recommended. See rhinoplasty before and after photos to see examples of our work.


Rhinoplasty Recovery and Aftercare

After surgery, you will need to stay in hospital for one night and wear a splint over your nose for 7-10 days. Whilst in the clinic, you may have dressings inside each nostril. Any bruising should subside around two weeks post-surgery, and swelling can take up to six weeks to recover. It is recommended that you refrain from working for at least two weeks after your surgery, and avoid strenuous exercise for at least six weeks. A series of follow-up appointments will be made to check your progress.

Read our rhinoplasty aftercare guidelines for more information.

Rhinoplasty prices and finance options

Open Rhinoplasty£5,495£416.25£117.49
Septo Rhinoplasty£5,995£457.92£129.25



real life rhinoplasty stories

Read real life nose surgery stories from our patients. And if you book a free consultation, we can show you many more from our hundreds of Rhinoplasty success stories.

My only regret is not having my nose job sooner! I now love my new nose and I no longer feel embarrassed about my profile or when having a photo taken!


I cannot stress how happy I am with the results of my nose job. Harley Medical and Dr.Sleiter have been amazing and I could not have asked for more! I felt special the whole time as they helped me through my journey and made me a lot happier within myself.


I love my new nose and am so proud to show it off!

At the tender age of seven, Dearbhla fell on her face and damaged her nose leaving her with a lump of cartilage at the end of it and a large nose bridge which she felt was too big for her face. Read her real life Nose Job story here:

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rhinoplasty RESULTS:

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*Please note that these images have been provided by our surgeons/patients who have allowed us to use them and have not been altered or photoshopped in any way.

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Why might you choose Rhinoplasty?

  • 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

Is Rhinoplasty right for me?  

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.

What does the rhinoplasty procedure entail and how long does it take?

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.

Do you have patient stories and before and after pictures to look at?

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. 

How much does Rhinoplasty cost?

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.

How much time will I need to take off work?  

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.

Can you perform nose surgery to help with breathing difficulties?

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.

Is there any reason why I might not be able to have Rhinoplasty surgery?

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.

What’s the difference between ‘open’ and ‘closed’ Rhinoplasty?

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.

Is there a lower or upper age limit for the rhinoplasty procedure?

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.

How long will it take me to fully recover (and for any bruising or swelling to go)?

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.

Will rhinoplasty leave me with scars?

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.

What are the risks?  

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.

What does the procedure entail and how long does it take? 

The details of a Nose Reshaping 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.  The procedure normally takes approximately two hours and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.  This is followed by an extensive aftercare programme. 

Do I need to take any long-term precautions after my nose surgery?

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. 

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