Rhinoplasty & Nose Surgery
Do you feel your nose isn’t the shape or size you’d like?
Everyone has something they’d love to change on their body, whether it’s a subtle tweak or a beautiful new shape. Whichever you choose, the feeling afterwards is amazing. One of our most popular requests is nose reshaping, which gives great results both for your overall look and your confidence. The surgical name for this procedure is rhinoplasty and is more commonly known as a nose job. There are different types of procedures including open or closed-rhinoplasty and your specialist surgeon will help to determine what’s best for you. Surgery involves removing bone, tissue or cartilage to reduce the shape, while inserting grafts or implants will subtly increase it. Most procedures need general anaesthetic and an overnight stay in our hospital.
Reshaping the nose sounds a simple choice, but here’s a few things to consider. The lower part of your nose is made from cartilage which will be removed if you’d like to reduce the tip of your nose. There are no scars from this procedure and it can also be carried out at the same time as any corrective bone work (reshaping). If you’d like to straighten your nose your surgeon will recommend septo-rhinoplasty and if you want to build up the nose in the case of a flattened bridge you’ll be offered augmented-rhinoplasty.
Whichever you choose, your specialist surgeon will take you through the process step by step, explaining every stage and ensuring you’re comfortable with everything from start to finish. We’d advise you take a week to 10 days off work and expect the splint to be removed usually by the 10th day, depending on your surgeons advice.
HOW IT'S DONE
Before – a clear bump in the nose
After – bump has been removed
Bruising and swelling
As with most surgery you can expect bruising, this is usually around the eyes and can last for 1 to 3 weeks. You’ll also notice some swelling which usually lasts 1 to 12 weeks, though in the soft tissues on the tip of your nose, it can last for up to a year.
A little discomfort
You may feel slightly uncomfortable after undergoing nose surgery, usually for around 1 or 2 weeks. Our team will prescribe and administer any pain relief you need to make it easier.
Difficulty in breathing
It’s quite common during the first week after your procedure, but once the swelling eases you should be able to breathe as normal. Very occasionally the difficulty can persist and in some cases be permanent due to the reduction in size.
If your procedure is closed then the scars will be inside and completely hidden. An open procedure may cause a small scar at the base of your nose between the nostrils, which is usually so discreet it’s unnoticeable.
A change in sensation
Sometimes this procedure can affect the sensitivity of your nose. This usually settles down after a few weeks, though it can last a little longer and for a small number of patients, it can be permanent.
As your nasal bone will be soft you mustn’t wear glasses for 6 months, because it can compromise the new shape.