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Rhinoplasty (or nose job) refines the nose by surgically reshaping the bone, tissue, and cartilage or by inserting grafts or implants into the nose.
There are many reasons why someone would undergo nose reshaping surgery. The reconstructive procedure can be used for cosmetic reasons, to improve breathing difficulties or to correct a crooked nose as a result of injury.
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Nose Job, Nose Reshaping
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty - nose reshaping - is a cosmetic surgery procedure that refines the nose by surgically reshaping the bone, tissue, and cartilage or by inserting grafts or implants into the nose. A rhinoplasty surgeon can reshape the bridge of the nose, straighten the septum, change the length of the nose, reshape the tip, and change the dimensions of the nostrils, to enhance the overall appearance of the nose.
It is not uncommon for a nose to lack symmetry, have a slight bump or have a deviated septum. But, for those who feel self-conscious about inherited bumps or those as a result of an injury, cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery can correct it and create a more symmetrical nose.
What are the benefits of rhinoplasty procedures?
The main benefit of rhinoplasty is the noticeable boost in self-esteem. Many of our past patients have returned to us, informing us how much more secure and confident they feel in their day-to-day lives after having a nose job.
With nasal surgery you can:
Reduce the size and narrow the bridge of the nose
Straighten a deviated septum
Reduce and straighten bumps or humps in the nose
Reduce the size of the nose, improving the side profile
Reduce the size of the nostrils
Change the angle or distance from the nose to the upper lip
Lift the tip of the nose
Improve breathing difficulties and snoring
Improve self-esteem and confidence
Easily style hair and make-up without disguising the nose
Achieve balanced facial features
What are the rhinoplasty techniques available?
There are two common rhinoplasty techniques: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. The technique is determined by the patient’s physical requirements and the surgeon’s preference.
Open rhinoplasty - A small incision on either side of the nostrils is made before elevating the skin to access inside the nose.
Closed rhinoplasty - Performed from inside the nostrils, without any external incisions.
Alar base reduction - Performed as part of a rhinoplasty procedure to adjust the width of the nostrils.
Septo rhinoplasty - Performed as part of a rhinoplasty procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum.
Areas of the nose that can be operated on
Bridge - If the bridge of the nose is being operated on, the surgeon removes the bone and cartilage that is causing ‘the hump’. The nose may then be broken to allow the remaining pieces of bone to be moved closer together, resulting in the narrowing of the nose.
Tip - When the tip of the nose is operated on, the cartilage that makes up the tip support needs to be partly removed or reshaped. This is done through the nostril, or by making a small cut in the bit of skin between the nostrils.
Length - A surgeon can adjust and reduce the central structure of the nose, known as the septum, to help shrink the tip and reduce the overall length of the nose. Adjustment to the tip cartilages also helps adjust nasal length.
Width - By breaking and repositioning the side nasal bone, a surgeon can also reduce the width of the nose and achieve a narrower appearance.
In the UK patients aren't able to undergo rhinoplasty procedures until they are 18+ years of age. If you have been considering cosmetic surgery for a while and are under the age of 18, MYA recommends talking to your friends and family and carrying out research into the procedure until you are of legal age to proceed with surgery.
How much does rhinoplasty cost in the UK?
Nose reshaping surgery with MYA can cost anywhere from £8,495.
Rhinoplasty surgery costs are tailored to individual requirements and can vary from person to person. When considering nose surgery, it is important to research the procedure, surgeons and cosmetic surgery provider in detail. To read more about our finance options, click here.
How do I prepare for rhinoplasty surgery?
Following your face-to-face surgeon consultation, you will be invited to attend a ‘vitals' appointment with a MYA nurse. During this appointment, the nurse will take physiological measurements and perform screening procedures such as taking blood samples and swabs, as required as well as assessing your medical history. You are also required to attend an online pre-operative assessment with a nurse who will discuss pre and post-operative advice and requirements.
You will receive your hospital admission time up to 24-48 hours before your surgery date. Patients should shower either the evening before or the morning of surgery and must not apply deodorant, makeup, or skincare products.
Patients must not eat anything (including chewing gum) 6 hours prior to the hospital admission time. If you do eat prior to the 6 hours, surgery will be cancelled. You can drink small sips - 30mls per hour - of still clear water, up to 2 hours before your hospital admission time.
Patients must not drink alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours before nose surgery. If you drink more than 2-3 alcoholic drinks each day, you will need to abstain (stop) for 2 weeks prior to the date of surgery. MYA advises patients not to smoke, vape, or use nicotine patches for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to surgery (each surgeon will provide you with specific guidance on stopping smoking).
Patients are also advised not to smoke, vape, or use nicotine products until they are fully healed, as this can lead to delayed healing and increased infection risk, having a negative effect on rhinoplasty recovery.
Each individual is different, a rhinoplasty is not a ‘one size fits all’ procedure. Our specialist rhinoplasty surgeons will consider factors such as the patient’s facial features, the size of the nose, the skin quality, the patient’s age, past medical history, and their desired outcome. After a thorough assessment, the surgeon will recommend the best treatment plan for them and discuss the risks, limitations and benefits of rhinoplasty surgery.
A rhinoplasty procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between 1-2 hours depending on the patient's requirements. The surgery can be performed as a day case, or the patient may be required to stay overnight to recover in one of our MYA hospitals.
As with all surgical procedures, patients are advised to take 7-10 days off work following a rhinoplasty procedure and attend post-operative nurse appointments at one of our MYA clinical hubs. The nose cast will be removed by a MYA nurse around 10 days post-op, depending on the surgeon's advice.
After surgery, patients may experience some pain and discomfort. It is common for there to be some nasal congestion causing difficulty with breathing through the nose during the first week or so. However, this should improve once the nasal passage clears, the cast is removed, and the swelling reduces. Pain relief will also be provided to ease discomfort.
Bruising and swelling will not be restricted to the nose and can affect the whole face, which is normal following rhinoplasty surgeries. Swelling should gradually start to subside after 7-14 days, and patients should expect the changes to the nose to be apparent once the swelling has reduced. The healing will evolve over the following days, weeks, and months but it can take up to 1 year post-op to see the final result.
*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
Rhinoplasty recovery time
Every patient’s rhinoplasty recovery timeline is different. MYA recommend a 6-week recovery process, any bruising and swelling should subside between 7-14 days with healing evolving over several weeks and months. It’s important to note that it can take up to 1 year post-op to see the final nose result.
Patients will need to attend post-op checkups with their MYA nurse to monitor their healing.
After rhinoplasty surgery, patients can expect to return to work between 7-10 days post-op for office-based jobs. If your job is more physically demanding, you may be required to take 2 weeks off work for recovery, this can be discussed with your MYA Nurse.
It’s quite common for there to be some difficulty with breathing through the nose during the first week or so after the operation. This is reduced when the swelling disappears. However, it’s common for the way patients breathe to feel different due to the reduction in the size of the nose. This shouldn’t cause permanent breathing problems.
In terms of scarring after a rhinoplasty, the location of your scars will depend on the incision site for the type of rhinoplasty you undergo. If you have a closed rhinoplasty, your scars will be completely hidden inside your nose. If you are having an open rhinoplasty, there will be a small scar on the base of your nose between your nostrils, but because it's under your nose, it's hidden from plain sight - it's usually not noticeable unless you get up close to look at it.
Although you will be eager to see your final results, you must not remove your cast (nasal splint) at any point. Your MYA nurse will remove this under strict surgeon instruction around 7-14 days after your surgery. It can be a bit uncomfortable as you'll be wearing it 24 hours a day but it's a very important part of your care and your end result. The rhinoplasty filler packing will be removed from your nose prior to discharge.
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Before & After
Thinking of a rhinoplasty? View our nose reshaping before and after examples to see some of the amazing work that MYA's surgeons do. Hopefully in these rhinoplasty before and after examples you'll be able to see someone similar to yourself to get an idea of what your result could be. When you attend your initial eConsult, your eConsult advisor will share the exclusive MYA before and after hub with you, where you'll be able to see many more surgeon-specific photos.
Please bear in mind that all of MYA's photos are taken at 6 weeks post-op and scarring will continue to fade for up to a year.
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What is the healing process following rhinoplasty?
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Life after a nose surgery
Rhinoplasty recovery can be different for every patient. While it’s only natural to want to show off your new nose to the world, you do have to be careful.
Diving into your old routine too soon can affect the healing process and the final outcome of the rhinoplasty surgery. So, take your time.
Sleeping after rhinoplasty
You need to sleep propped up on pillows, with your shoulders raised for the first 7 to 10 days. It’s important that you avoid sleeping face down or resting on your nose for at least 6 weeks post-op.
Exercising after rhinoplasty
You can start going to the gym at around 6 weeks post-op. This excludes heavy lifting,strenuous exercise and contact sports, which you can usually start again between 6 months and 1 year after surgery, with great caution.
While your nose may appear visibly healed, internally the recovery process can take over a year as the cartilage, tissue and nasal bone will remain delicate and more susceptible to injury.
Returning to work after a nose job
How much time you need off work after a nose surgery depends on the type of work you do.
While it’s advised you take just over a week off to recover, those with more physical jobs may require longer.
However, if you work in an office, or have the chance to work remotely during your recovery period, you could start back earlier.
We recommend you talk to both your surgeon and your employer about returning for the best option for you.
Sex after rhinoplasty
When it comes to having sex after rhinoplasty, it’s important to take it slow.
We recommend you wait 7-10 days before returning to sexual activities.
If you have any concerns about having sex after a nose reshaping, please speak to your MYA nurse.
Does rhinoplasty hurt?
Following a nose surgery (or rhinoplasty procedure), patients typically feel a little bit sore and uncomfortable. Pain relief will be prescribed as required to ease any discomfort. Rhinoplasty patients should expect some bruising to the face, this is completely normal and should subside after 7-14 days. It is common for there to be some nasal congestion causing difficulty with breathing through the nose during the first week or so, this should improve once the nasal passage clears, the cast is removed, and swelling reduces.
Meet the MYA surgeons
Our expert rhinoplasty surgeons are highly skilled and qualified in the industry. We work with some of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the UK. All our rhinoplasty surgeons are accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), to ensure medical best practice is adhered to. Discover our surgeon profiles to learn more about their expertise and qualifications.
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