Rhinoplasty Surgery (Nose Reshaping or Nose Job)
Rhinoplasty surgery re-shapes, decreases or increases the size of your nose. Often referred to as a ‘nose job’ or nose reshaping, rhinoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure and can also help if you have breathing difficulties.
Considering Rhinoplasty surgery?
Perhaps more than any other facial procedure, rhinoplasty has the power to completely transform your looks. While a facelift may be fantastic for rejuvenating an ageing face, rhinoplasty can be revolutionary at any age. Because the nose sits squarely in the centre of the face, it’s one of the first things people notice. So improving its shape can have a dramatic impact on your whole face.
How will it impact on your life?
The most common reasons for nose cosmetic surgery are due to insecurities surrounding the size and shape of the nose. Nose reshaping surgery can be used to increase, decrease or just reshape your nose. Bumps on the bridge can be smoothed; asymmetry, deviation and twisting can be corrected; and the shape of the tip and nostrils can be refined. It’s also possible to change the angle between the nose and the upper lip (i.e. a drooping tip can be lifted), and if necessary, breathing difficulties can be corrected at the same time. Many patients who have had rhinoplasty surgery were unhappy with the size and shape of their nose from an early age, which has impacted heavily on their self confidence. Surgery can dramatically change your facial appearance and is often life changing for many patients.
Is a Rhinoplasty right for you?
There are two approaches to rhinoplasty. In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made at the base of the tissue between your nostrils (the columella). This allows the surgeon better access to the underlying structure of the nose, and is usually used where more extensive cartilage work, for example grafts, are needed, or for a second or third revision where there is extensive scar tissue.
In a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose to hide scarring. Working through the nostrils, the surgeon will remove or reshape the cartilage and bone as appropriate to create the new shape.
Most surgeons usually have their own preferences, so it’s one of the key questions to ask at your consultation. Bear in mind that with the open approach, the nose will stay swollen for a longer period of time after surgery. There will also be an external scar – but this will be well hidden, fade considerably over time until it becomes barely noticeable, and will only be seen if you lift your head back so someone can see the underside of your nose.
After your surgery and beyond…
Once the surgery is over, you might experience a certain amount of swelling around your nose as well as your eyes. Gauze will be used as well as bandaging for protecting your nose and a nasal splint will have to be worn post-surgery for around 5-7 days. It’s important to note that although nose reshaping surgery can produce long-lasting results your nose, just like the rest of your face will continue to age in the normal way.
The next step
We always encourage people to do as much research as they can when considering cosmetic surgery, so for more information on rhinoplasty surgery: