Our exclusive Rhinoplasty surgery at 1 cosmetic group is performed by our double boarded UK registered Ear Nose AND THROAT (ENT) AND Plastic Nose reconstruction Specialist consultant surgeon to strive for the best results without compromising your safety.
Rhinoplasty, also known as Nose Surgery, is one of the most popular surgeries worldwide.
The internal structure of the nose allows rhinoplasty surgery to achieve amazing re-shaping results on almost any type of nose. There are two different components to these operations that can be performed individually or combined in order to restructure and change the shape of the nose. Singular surgery is used for any appearance changes, and the combined surgery is performed to alleviate breathing difficulties.
Is Nose Reshaping Surgery Right For Me?
There is no upper age limit on nose reduction surgery, so if you’re in relatively good health and if any of the following sounds familiar to you, a nose job may be just the solution:
- YOU HAVE A NOTICEABLY ‘HUMP’ OR PROTRUSION ON THE BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE
- YOU HAVE A WIDE NOSE FRONT
- YOUR NASAL BRIDGE IS TOO LOW
- IT IS DISPROPORTIONATE TO YOUR FACE
- THE NASAL TIP DROOPS OR IS NOTICEABLY CROOKED
- THE TIP OF YOUR NOSE IS THICK
- YOUR NOSTRILS ARE OVER-FLARED
- YOUR NOSE IS ASYMMETRICAL OR CROOKED ON THE FACE
- PREVIOUS INJURY CAUSING CHANGES IN THE NOSE
- YOU EXPERIENCE BREATHING DIFFICULTIES
How does nose reshaping work?
As with every procedure at 1 Cosmetic Group, this will begin with an in-depth consultation where you will meet with one of our helpful clinical staff. You should openly discuss your goals and expectations and any issues you would like to resolve, and they will assess your surgical requirements and determine what can be realistically achieved.
Rhinoplasty surgery should take approximately two hours. For their own comfort, most people opt for an overnight stay, but if the patient desires, this can be performed as a day surgery in which they are able to return home the very same day.
The incisions will normally be inside the nasal cavity, resulting in no visible scarring. Occasionally, it may be necessary to place a small incision across the columellate, which is the area of skin in the middle of the nostrils. Our best rhinoplasty surgeon will use these points of entry to all work on both the cartilage and bone which make up the structure of your nose, whether it requires removal or reinforcement of the cartilage, or repositioning the bones within the nose. Subsequent to the operation, the skin and tissue will adjust to the new structural scaffolding.
Post-surgery, your nose will feel blocked and you may experience some discomfort caused by expected bruising. The overall swelling can take a few weeks to subside. Recovery time varies from patient to patient and is largely dependent on the exact procedure. As a rule, patients should rest a week during the healing process.
Open rhinoplasty incisions
Closed rhinoplasty incisions
How is a rhinoplasty surgery performed?
A rhinoplasty operation is performed in a hospital, under general anaesthesia. The Operation mainly consists of making changes in the nasal bones and cartilages, which make up the shape of the nose. Generally, the steps are removing/lowering the hump, tip reshaping, correction of the deviations, reconstituting the overall nasal alignment, opening the blocked airways and more. Since the needs of every single patient is different, the to-do-list for every nose is different as well. Details will be discussed during the consultation.
How long does a London rhinoplasty operation last?
Generally, 1-2 hours
How long do the internal splints and the cast stay?
Depending on each individual’s needs, the silicone internal splints are removed on days 3 to 5 following surgery. The external cast, which protects the nose in the early post-op, is removed on day 7.
A rhinoplasty patient can get back to their daily routine after having the internal splints removed 3 days after surgery, but of course avoiding any external impact on the nose.
When will I be able to see my nose’s ultimate shape?
In the early post-operative period, the nose (and sometimes the rest of the face) is expected to swell. By the end of the first month, the majority of this swelling resolves, but the final shape needs a total of 12 months to settle.
I heard that there are open and closed rhinoplasties. Which one is better?
This is something your doctor should decide instead of yourself. All patients need different operations, and the only difference on your side between an open and a closed operation is a 3-4 mm cut across the columella, which will be invisible after a few months.
I’ve had a rhinoplasty before, but I’m not happy with the result. What should I do?
Revision rhinoplasties are a bit more tricky than primary cases. A second operation or alternative methods (fillers etc.) can be considered, but it’s very difficult to decide what to do without doing a detailed physical examination. The functional and cosmetic outcomes of the primary operation should be thoroughly discussed and evaluated, in order to decide if it’s worth it.
I don’t like my nose, but I hate those “done” noses. What can I do?
A natural look is the main rule of the modern rhinoplasty concept. No one anymore likes those “done” noses that you dislike. You probably do not even realise a successfully operated nose, and that’s why the “unsuccessful” results attract your attention. A good nose plastic surgeon has to pay attention to the natural limits of the patient, otherwise whatever change is done during the procedure will be oddly noticeable.
RECOVERY from Rhinoplasty
A splint (internal and external) may be placed over and/or inside the nose to hold the nasal structures in place for proper healing for seven to 10 days. Patients should limit their activity, avoid touching the nose, and keep the head elevated. Nasal packing may also be used for additional support. There will be some swelling and bruising, the face may be puffy, and the eyes may be swollen. Cold compresses can be used to minimise swelling and reduce pain. Patients should refrain from strenuous activities for several weeks or until the doctor has cleared them.
Open rhinoplasty does result in some scarring, but many patients will notice it is minimal and will become less noticeable over time, if visible at all. Closed rhinoplasty scars will not be visible at all since they are concealed within the nose.
Our highly experienced plastic surgeon customises every procedure to the individual patient. The cost of surgery will depend on the technique employed, anaesthesia and operating costs, and the extent of the surgery.
Minimal pain and discomfort are normal following surgery. Patients should expect some soreness from the swelling and bruising at the surgical site. Pain can be managed with prescribed medication.