Rhinoplasty surgery AKA the nose job is one of the oldest forms of cosmetic surgery and there are records of rhinoplasty procedures being performed in ancient India. Changing the shape of your nose can have an impact on your face as a whole so this is an important decision to make.
Nose job: Am I suitable?
A nose job is suitable for those who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their nose. It is important that your nose has stopped growing before embarking on a rhinoplasty. As a nose job can have such an impact on your appearance, it is crucial that you have realistic expectations and your surgeon will determine that at the consultation process.
a nose job is not just an aesthetic procedure; it might also be an option if you are suffering from breathing or sinus problems.
Nose job: What do I have to do to prepare?
Your surgeon will give you instructions to help you prepare for surgery and these may include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
Nose job: What’s the treatment like?
Open rhinoplasty; incisions are usually made on the bridge connecting the nostrils, which will result in an external scar. This form of rhinoplasty is particularly suitable for those who wish to extensively modify the nose, including the tip or flared nostrils.
Closed rhinoplasty; this refers to work that is done through the nostrils. It means there is no external scarring but it is more challenging for the surgeon.
Reduction rhinoplasty; the surgeon will remove or reshape the bone and cartilage within the nose. There may be some fine scars post procedure.
Revision rhinoplasty; if your original rhinoplasty was not to your satisfaction then you might need to undergo further surgery to correct it. This is more challenging surgery and may involve taking a cartilage graft from another part of the body to rebuild the nose.
Septo-plasty; this refers to the correction of the nasal septum which should run down the centre of the nose but can sometimes deviate due to accident or illness. This is usually performed for medical rather than aesthetic reasons as it can cause breathing problems. This is a relatively straightforward procedure.
Septo-rhinoplasty; if a crooked nose is not only bothering you aesthetically but also causing medical problems then a combination of a septoplasty and rhinoplasty might be considered.
Non-surgical nose reshaping; it is possible to reshape and resize the nose with dermal fillers. Obviously this is a temporary measure but if you’re unsure about embarking on surgery or your interested in what impact to your appearance an alteration to your nose shape will have then this might be worth investigating.
Nose job: What about after?
There will be very visible swelling and bruising on the nose and around the eyes and this can last for a few weeks. There may be some discomfort and it can cause headaches but these can be controlled with painkillers.
Nose job: Are there any risks or side effects?
As a nose job is a surgical procedure and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic then there are the usual post-surgical complications.
Although the majority of patients are happy with the outcome, there is the potential that you might not be satisfied with the shape/size of their new nose. That is why it is crucial that you and your surgeon are very clear about what you wish to achieve and, more importantly, you have realistic expectations about what is possible.
Also it is not possible to completely predict how the healing process will work, so lumps and bumps or a difference in the skin colour or texture might become apparent and might need further treatments or surgery.
Nose job: What will it cost me?
It depends on what procedure you are having but surgical nose reshaping will cost from £2,500 to £4,000.