Nose Reshaping

The science bit

What Is Nose Reshaping?

Nose reshaping surgery is a delicate, complex procedure designed to change the shape of the nose, its size or both. Patients often feel the size of their nose is disproportionate compared to their other facial features, and it can make them feel very self-conscious.

Surgery is a common option to modify the size, shape and overall appearance of the nose. There are four main ways to reshape a nose and it is important to have a clear idea of which part of the nose you want to have altered:

  1. Rhinotip involves the tip of the nose, which is made up of soft cartilage and usually needs reducing in size
  2. Rhinoplasty deals with the bridge of the nose and its profile. The procedure can make the nose larger or smaller, change the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip, alter the tip of the nose, or correct bumps, indentations, or other nose defects
  3. Septorhinoplasty involves altering the septum, often performed on a broken nose or on people with breathing problems
  4. Rhinoplasty Reconstruction is ideal for fixing the damage caused by traumatic accidents, where the nose needs rebuilding, or when the nose has a growth or deformity. Ear cartilage is often used to build the nose back up

It is common for some patients to have the tip and the bridge of their nose altered at the same time. As always, we will carefully discuss every option and procedure with you during your consultation.


Who Is Nose Reshaping Suitable For?

Men and women over the age of 18 are good candidates, as are people who have previously undergone nose reshaping, as long as the previous surgery has not been done within the past year.

What Can I Expect from Nose Reshaping?

Rhinotip is performed as a day-case procedure and, in some cases, under local anaesthetic. Full Rhinoplasty and Septorhinoplasty are performed under general anaesthetic and involve an overnight stay in hospital. If you’d like your flared nostrils reduced, we can do that at the same time as any of the above procedures.

The two main approaches are open and closed rhinoplasties. As it suggests, closed rhinoplasty means all the work is done through the nostrils, whereas more involved cases will be approached by making a small incision under the nose to expose the bony asymmetry.

For all procedures we place a small plaster cast or dressing over the nose. You should leave this on for 7-10 days.

What Are the Side Effects of Nose Reshaping?

The most common side effects are bruising, swelling, feeling like you have a heavy cold, and a headache. You may also experience a nosebleed in the immediate post-operative period, which means it’s important not to do any excessive exercise or bend during the first 4 weeks after the operation.

This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects. There are more to think about. We will discuss all the risks and benefits in full at your initial consultation, and we always give our clients an out of hours contact number just in case they have any post-operative concerns or worries about their recovery.

What Is the Recovery Time from Nose Reshaping?

Recovery times vary depending on which kind of rhinoplasty you have, but it is usually anything from 1-3 weeks. You will have a post-operative appointment to attend at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 3 months after the operation, to monitor your on-going progress.

When Will I See the Final Results?

This type of operation requires patience. You won’t see the final results for 6-9 months, the amount of time it can take for the swelling, particularly at the tip of your nose, to subside.

Rhinoplasties results are very variable and your expectations have to be realistic. It is important to communicate your expectations very clearly from the start, so the surgeon can determine whether or not your aims can be achieved. Sometimes we need to carry out a secondary rhinoplasty if there’s a lot of work to do or it is a particularly complex case.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Will I Feel?
Many of our clients say the treatment gives them increased confidence and self-esteem. It feels great when you no longer have to be self-conscious about having photographs taken for special occasions, feel you have to hide your nose, or feel people are noticing it.
What Are the Alternatives to Surgery?
It is also possible to carry out a non-surgical option to reshape the nose, using fillers to fill depressions in the nose. Remember that fillers are not permanent, though. We usually see the results of filler injections lasting for 6 – 18 months.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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