5 Things to Know about Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a ‘nose job’ is a surgical procedure to change the size or shape of your nose.

If you are considering rhinoplasty, here are five things you need to know.

Reasons people choose Rhinoplasty

People opt for nose surgery for various reasons. They may be unhappy with their inherited nose, or they suffered an injury which altered the shape of their nose. Some people choose rhinoplasty to help with breathing problems.

Nose job surgery falls into two main categories: reduction, which makes your nose smaller or augmentation, which makes your nose bigger. Depending on your circumstances, rhinoplasty may be available on the NHS. However, if the surgery is purely for cosmetic reasons, you will likely have to go privately.

Surgeons can use various techniques to change the shape of your nose, including:

  • Changing the angle between your nose and lip
  • Straightening a crooked septum – the central structure in your nose
  • Changing the bridge, nostrils or nose tip

Rhinoplasty Surgery

Nose jobs are usually carried out under general anaesthetic but local anaesthetic with sedation may be possible.  The length of time of the surgery will depend on what techniques are being used. The thing to remember is that each nose job is tailored specifically for the patient, so there is no ‘one size fits all’ procedure.

Recovery from a Nose Job

Following the operation, you may have to stay in hospital for a few days. You will likely be sent home with dressings and splints in and around your nose and you will have to keep them in place for around 7- 10 days.  Perhaps surprisingly, you will have bruising around your eyes which should subside within 2-3 weeks. You should also be able to return to work within 2 -3 weeks, but it will be another month or so until you can return to full functioning.  It could take several months to a year for the swelling and bruising to completely subside and before you can fully appreciate your new nose. Even very small changes to your nose can make a large difference to how your nose and face look.

Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

You should select a surgeon who is either a trained plastic surgeon or is a specialist in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery. Ideally the doctor should be very experienced in performing rhinoplasty and frequently performs the operation. Your family doctor may be able to recommend an appropriately qualified surgeon who is listed on the General Medical Council’s specialist register.

About Ramsay Health Care

At Ramsay Health Care we are proud to work in partnership with some of the highest qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons, ophthalmologist, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management consultants and physiotherapists in the UK. Our holistic care offers you the best treatment!

At Ramsay you won’t have to wait for an appointment for your rhinoplasty. Your treatment may be covered by medical insurance and self-pay packages are available on request. We have first class facilities and all self-funding and most privately insured patients can enjoy our Private Patient Pledge offering exclusive benefits including superb food, a relaxing environment, priority access and appointments to suit your lifestyle. Our aim is to help you feel like a guest as well as a patient.

Please contact us for more information.


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