WHAT IS RHINOPLASTY (nose reshaping)?

Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board on 17th October 2018.

As the central feature of the face, the nose can determine your overall look. A rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a 'nose job', is a surgical procedure that can address several of the most common nose related concerns including:

  • Reduction in size 
  • Reduction in length 
  • Removing or reducing a bridge hump
  • Adjusting nostril size and shape 
  • Amending asymmetry
  • Reshaping the tip of the nose 
  • Improving or alleviating breathing difficulties

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
  • Septo-Rhinoplasty: 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.


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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.

our expert consultant


Mr Mark Solomos has over 20 years medical experience, providing an extensive knowledge in all aspects of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the General Medical Council (GMC) ; European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (EBOPRAS); Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow and Medical Defence Union (MDU). He s highly regarded in the medical community having pioneered surgical techniques and published peer reviewed papers. Mark joined The Harley Medical Group in 2007, and has performed over 7,000 procedures with us.

In the words of Cara, a Rhinoplasty patient

"My rhinoplasty was a long time coming, for at least 10 years previously I had been so self conscious about my crooked nose and was even bullied at school because of it. Almost everyone I spoke to about how I felt said I was being silly... Finally I decided enough was enough...

I remember being nervous on the day of my surgery but all the hospital staff were so friendly and my surgeon (Dr Solomos) really put me at ease, his confidence said it all - I was in good hands... I had two weeks of 'recovery' time but in all honesty I was up doing housework by day five and back at work by day 10 with absolutely no pain! 

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.

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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.

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The Harley Medical Group has performed thousands of Rhinoplasty procedures and regularly receives excellent feedback from patients.

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