Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

Cosmetic Surgery | Face & Eye Surgery

Rhinoplasty (or nose reshaping) is designed to help reshape and reform a patient’s nose, either for aesthetic or medical reasons. 

Your nose is one of your most defining features and its appearance can have a huge impact on your confidence and how you perceive yourself, socially.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common surgical procedures in the UK and has changed the lives of thousands of patients, for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Whether you’re unhappy with the appearance of your nose, or you’re looking to reshape it after an injury or accident, our specialist consultants provide exceptional surgical care and advice.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (or ‘nose job’), is a cosmetic surgery performed to improve the appearance of the nose. This procedure involves operating on the bones and the cartilage in the nose that gives it its shape and structure. The procedure can be used for medical or cosmetic reasons.

The advantages of rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty remains one of the most popular surgical procedures because of its minimal invasiveness, fast recovery time and exceptional results. Other advantages include:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Correction of health-related issues (such as injuries to the nose)
  • Improved breathing (regarding snoring and other sinus-related problems)
  • Correcting structural abnormalities within the nose

Whether you have elected this procedure for medical or cosmetic reasons, rhinoplasty is able to drastically improve your quality of life.

Before and afters

Why you might need rhinoplasty

You may be unhappy with the natural shape of your nose, which could be disproportionate to the rest of your face or you may have suffered an injury which could have altered its form. Rhinoplasty can sculpt a new shape for your nose, naturally fitting it to your face.

How to prepare for rhinoplasty

Adhering to a healthy lifestyle is the most important step towards preparing for your rhinoplasty surgery. This includes maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine as well as stopping smoking. There are no specific preparation requirements for your surgery, any questions you have will be answered during your consultation ahead of surgery.

Candidates for rhinoplasty

For some patients, rhinoplasty is an elective surgery and can help restore confidence. The procedure also helps to correct medical issues and injuries sustained to your nose. Good candidates for rhinoplasty procedures are patients who:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Do not smoke
  • Have a positive and realistic outlook on the procedure.

The different rhinoplasty procedures

There are many variations of rhinoplasty surgery - the shape of the nose can be changed, the bridge repositioned, bumps removed, the nostril shapeshifted or the tip reshaped. All rhinoplasty procedures aim to enhance or correct the appearance of the nose, but certain procedures are performed in different ways and come with their own advantages and disadvantages:

Open rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty procedures involve using a minor bridging incision, known as a trans-columellar to connect the right and left nostrils. This allows the surgeon perfect visualisation of the lower nasal skeleton, meaning the nose can be intricately evaluated. This procedure’s main advantage is that it allows vastly improved surgical access to the nose.

Closed rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty involves making incisions from within the nose, allowing for intricate assessment and reshaping. The main advantage of this surgery is that it comes with minor swelling and a faster healing process. It also eliminates scarring along the front of the nose.

The differences between closed and open rhinoplasty:

Closed Rhinoplasty
Open Rhinoplasty
Very good
Sculpting ability
Very good
Swelling and bruising post-surgery
Minimal and swift recovery
Slightly more swelling and bruising
Scar visibility
No visible scarring
Only noticeable from the undersurface

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    If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.

    • What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
    • Have I considered all the options?
    • Can surgery give me the results I want?
    • Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
    • Is now the right time?

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    Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.

    Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.

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    For more information and advice about cosmetic surgery contact our Private Patient Advisory Team on 01342 488054 or email

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    Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.

    We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.

    Having surgery is a big decision

    For more information and advice about cosmetic surgery contact our Private Patient Advisory Team on 01342 488054 or email

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