A surgical nose job is also called a rhinoplasty. It is a cosmetic surgery procedure for nose reshaping or nasal reconstruction for either purely cosmetic or aesthetic reasons to improve the appearance of the nose, or for medical reasons to improve the function of the nose.
A nose job can be used to change the size, shape, or structure of the nose, including making the nose smaller, removing and flattening humps (the nasal dorsum), or correcting septal deviations, and to improve breathing following trauma or congenital malformations.
It is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure amongst both men and women and can be performed once your nose has fully developed as an adult.
A rhinoplasty procedure is ideal for those who,
• feel unhappy with the appearance of their nose and would like to change or improve the size or shape,
• have had a congenital abnormality or malformation in the nose since childhood and want to correct it,
• have experienced trauma to their nose and would like to correct the mis-shape,
• have difficulties breathing due to obstruction in the nose, or issues like a deviated septum.
It can be used to correct both the size and shape of the nose, for example, making it smaller, correcting dorsal humps on the bridge of the nose, altering the nostril size, and the angle of the tip of the nose.
A rhinoplasty procedure can be performed as either a closed or open rhinoplasty, depending on requirements.
A closed rhinoplasty is performed through incisions inside the nostrils, leaving no visible, external scars and can be used to reduce the size of the nose by altering the bone and cartilage.
An open rhinoplasty requires incisions inside the nostrils and in the columella, the area of skin in between the nostrils where the nose meets the philtrum in the area above the top lip. This may leave a small scar at the columella.
Depending on the specific procedure, bone and cartilage within the nose will either be removed or rearranged to achieve the desired shape.
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Treatment Summary at a glance
General or local and sedation
Pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty breathing through nose.
Change in size or shape of nose, correction of abnormalities.
After 1-2 weeks
How does it work?
A rhinoplasty aims to alter the size and shape of the nose through the removal or readjustment of bone and cartilage within the nose. It can be performed as a closed operation via incisions only within the nostrils or open, also requiring an external incision at the base of the nose.
Rhinoplasty can reduce a large nose, straighten a dorsal hump at the bridge of the nose, alter the angle of the tip of the nose, adjust the nostrils, and correct malformations caused by genetics or trauma.It can also be used to make corrections which affect breathing as well as the purely aesthetic appearance of the nose.
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Your suitability for rhinoplasty will be assessed by our surgeon who will decide if you are the correct candidate for the procedure. A full medical history will also be taken to make sure that there are no contraindications for you to have the procedure, such as any medication that you may be taking, underlying medical conditions, your wound healing history, or past trauma or surgery to your nose.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women are not suitable for surgical procedures.
The nose surgery or rhinoplasty will be performed using general anaesthesia, or sometimes local anaesthesia and sedation where you will be awake but will not feel the procedure.
The procedure takes approximately 1-3 hours to perform depending on the complexity of the correction required.
After the procedure, you will have dressings inside each nostril which will remain for 24 hours. Some people do experience mild side effects because of the anaesthesia so you will be monitored before you are discharged from our care.
Depending on the extent of your correction, the surgeon may place splints inside your nostrils and possibly over the bridge of your nose to help keep the bones and cartilage in their new place whilst healing occurs. The splints will remain for at least a week.
Pain, swelling and tightness in the nose, plus bruising around the eyes are common for a few days post-surgery, resolving most after a fortnight. Any pain and discomfort post-surgery can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or medicines prescribed by our surgeon. You may also use ice packs to reduce facial swelling.
Initially, you will feel like you have a blocked nose, and will need to breathe through your mouth for the first fortnight post-surgery; this will improve as the swelling reduces. Avoid blowing your nose or picking it to remove crusts or scabs during this time and try to sneeze through your mouth to reduce the pressure on your nose. Small nose bleeds are possible in the first 24-48 hours. You may notice a change in your sense of smell and taste for some time.
You will need to keep your head upright as much as possible in the first few days, sleeping with extra pillows to keep you propped up. Glasses wearers may need to change to contact lenses or consider another way of fixing your glasses which avoids them resting on the bridge of your nose, such as using tape to affix them to your forehead. Full aftercare advice will be provided.
You must avoid strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks, and any sports which risk contact for at least 2 months. You will be able to return to light normal activities after approximately 7 days. Most people take 1-2 weeks off work, depending on their job.
Your nose will be more sensitive to the effects of sun exposure, so ensure you wear a hat with a large brim that shades your nose and/or high strength sunscreen on your nose when out and about for 6 months after the surgery.
The splints and any sutures (which are not absorbable) can usually be removed after a week. The swelling and bruising can take 2-3 weeks, or longer, to fully resolve. It will take up to 6 months for the nose to completely heal into its new shape, up to a year for some, depending on the extent of correction. Your breathing will clear again after approximately 3 months.
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