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What is Rhinoplasty?

A Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a 'nose job,' is a surgical procedure which reshapes, corrects, or reconstructs the nose to achieve enhanced aesthetic proportions. Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes between 90 minutes and 3 hours to complete. 

The nose undergoes its final stages of development during puberty, typically reaching maturity by the age of 16. This marks the earliest suitable age for considering a Rhinoplasty procedure. 

While Rhinoplasties are often sought for cosmetic reasons, they can also serve a functional purpose by addressing breathing difficulties and mitigating symptoms of conditions like sleep apnea and snoring. In such cases, the surgery may involve interventions such as Septoplasty (correcting the nasal septum) or Submucosal Resection ('SM Resection') to relieve airway blockages.

As specialists in London rhinoplasty procedures, our skilled surgeons can correct physiological and cosmetic concerns safely and effectively, procuring you beautiful results.

1 in 5 surgeries performed at the Cadogan Clinic is a Rhinoplasty, and has grown 215% since 2019 in terms of patient volumes.
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Rhinoplasty surgery can also address nose injuries, often resulting from sports-related incidents or physical assaults. Patients undergoing Rhinoplasty for these reasons may be eligible for reimbursement from medical insurance companies. 

In the United Kingdom, Rhinoplasty ranks among the top five most common cosmetic surgery procedures, accounting for approximately 10% of all such procedures in 2023 alone. 

Given that the nose serves as a central focal point on the face, its size and shape significantly influence how we perceive our overall appearance. If you are dissatisfied with your nose for any reason, Rhinoplasty surgery offers a highly effective solution to bring about the desired changes. 

Our team of surgeons comprises leading experts in the field, who are able to address your individual concerns and needs effectively. Cadogan Clinic performs up to 500 nose jobs every year and our team of dedicated surgical advisors will be able to answer your questions, match you with the right surgeon and discuss common questions such as how to get your nose job on finance. 

What are the options?

The nose is structurally supported by a framework, consisting of two distinct sections. The upper third is composed of a bony skeleton, while the lower two-thirds are composed of flexible cartilage, similar to the cartilage found in the ear. Acting as a partition between the two airways extending from the nostrils is another layer of cartilage, covered with a protective mucous membrane, known as the septum. This septum serves as a crucial support, preventing the collapse of the cartilaginous portion of the nose. 

In many procedures targeting the Caucasian nose, the primary objective involves reducing its size. Consequently, both the bony and cartilaginous framework are skillfully adjusted, allowing the skin to naturally retract, often leaving no noticeable scar. 

In an Open Rhinoplasty procedure, an incision is made across the columella, which is the skin covering the central strut of the nose separating the two nostrils. This incision extends up and around the rim of the nostrils, allowing the skin to be gently peeled back. This approach grants the surgeon a direct view of the nasal cartilage, which can then be skillfully reshaped. Open Rhinoplasty London surgeries are often employed for complex, challenging cases and are the preferred technique for some surgeons. 

Closed Rhinoplasty, doesn't involve an incision across the skin of the columella between the nostrils - meaning there isn’t a scar on the outside. Instead, it is performed through the mucosa lining the inside of the nose. This technique does not provide a direct view of the nasal skeleton, making it a technique only used by more experienced surgeons. 

Septo-Rhinoplasty is a common procedure aimed at improving nasal breathing, typically for individuals with a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage and bone inside the nose that separates the nostrils. During this surgery, your surgeon makes an incision in the mucosa lining the inside of your nose and lifts it off the bone and cartilage. Any bent or misaligned portions are then straightened to facilitate clear and unobstructed breathing. This procedure not only enhances your ability to breathe but can also improve the overall appearance of your nose. 

Rhino-Tip surgery focuses on altering the shape of the nose by modifying the underlying cartilage structure. Most adjustments are made from inside the nose to minimise visible scarring. Your surgeon can create a refined nasal tip tailored to your unique facial structure. Common causes for Rhino-Tip surgery include addressing a prominent tip, a crooked tip, flared nostrils, or a hooked tip. 

Some patients have flatter noses with wider nostrils, which require augmentation rather than reduction. This augmentation can involve raising the bridge line using a synthetic substance or the patient's bone and cartilage harvested from the ear, skull, or rib. In each case, the additional tissue is expertly shaped to achieve the desired result. For nostrils that are too wide, a wedge of tissue can be removed to reduce their width.  

East Asian noses may also require surgery on the upper eyelid, particularly at the inner end where webbing can be present. 

Introduced by renowned plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, the Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is a procedure that uses fillers, typically hyaluronic acid, to alter and shape the nose without surgery. This approach provides a medium-term solution, as the filler typically lasts for about a year and is not permanent. Some patients opt for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty as an initial step to visualise the potential results of a long-term surgical Rhinoplasty before committing. Others choose to have regular top-up treatments to maintain their desired appearance.

You can find out more on non surgical rhinoplasty by reading this article about the differences between surgical and non surgical rhinoplasty.


Rhinoplasty At a glance

Surgery Time

1 - 3 hours

Time off work

2 weeks

Hospital Stay

Day Case

Shower

After 1 day

Reasonable Mobility

After 2 days

Exercise

After 6 weeks

Sexual Activity

4 weeks

Sleeping on back

4 weeks

Full Recovery

6 - 8 weeks

Driving

2 weeks


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The cost of a Rhinoplasty

Prices vary based on each patient’s precise goals and the individualised nature of our treatments.

At Cadogan Clinic, our average London nose job price is competitive and entirely bespoke to the procedure you need. We invite you to get in touch with our dedicated team of friendly patient advisors to discuss your unique goals in more detail, and discuss these rhinoplasty costs in more detail. 

Cadogan Clinic has collaborated with Chrysalis Finance to offer a variety of payment choices for our patients including:
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Included in our all-inclusive nose job prices

Up to two 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea

Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence

24/7 on call nurse assistance

Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan

A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery

Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses


What are the benefits of Rhinoplasty?

The benefits of rhinoplasty are wide-ranging covering both cosmetic and medical concerns. Some of these benefits can be achieved through Closed Rhinoplasty, but others can only be gained through an Open Rhinoplasty procedure. Your surgeon will advise you of the differences between Open and Closed Rhinoplasty techniques, and which technique will be best to help you achieve your goals as part of your consultation. Patients before and after nose jobs can enjoy the following benefits following surgery.

Rhinoplasty offers a range of possibilities for nose enhancement. It can effectively reduce both the length and width of the nose through precise surgical techniques.

To reduce the overall length of the nose and make it smaller, adjustments can be made to the septum, the thin wall that separates the nostrils. This may involve reshaping or reducing the septum's size. Additionally, cartilage at the tip of the nose can be modified or removed to achieve the desired outcome. The width of the nose can also be addressed by carefully breaking and repositioning the nasal bone. 

Conversely, there are cases where patients seek an increase in the size of their nose. In such situations, bone or cartilage can be harvested from various sources, including the septum or other parts of the body, such as the rib or ear. These materials are then skillfully utilised to augment either the bridge or tip of the nose, achieving the desired enhancement. 

Rhinoplasty provides a versatile solution for reshaping the nostrils, which includes reducing the size of prominent or overly large nostrils. Large nostrils, even when in proportion to the rest of the face, can create the illusion of a larger nose. Nostril reduction through Rhinoplasty not only addresses this concern but also works to restore balance and symmetry to the overall appearance of the nose, resulting in a more refined and harmonious look. 

A skilled Rhinoplasty surgeon can effectively address issues such as a bulbous nose tip by expertly removing or reshaping the cartilage at the nasal tip. This refinement can be achieved through either a closed or open nose job approach. Additionally, if you're dealing with a drooping nasal tip, specialised nasal tip surgery can offer a tailored solution to enhance the appearance and function of your nose. 

Many individuals seeking Rhinoplasty express a common desire to address a hump on their nose. To effectively address this issue, the surgeon skilfully removes the excess bone and cartilage responsible for the hump. In some cases, the nose may need to be carefully fractured, allowing the remaining bone segments to be strategically repositioned closer together, ultimately resulting in a refined and narrower nose. 

An oversized nose may dominate the facial appearance and disrupt the harmony of other facial features. Rhinoplasty serves as a transformative procedure to restore this delicate balance to the face. For those with a significantly crooked nose, addressing its alignment can help harmonise the overall facial features, promoting a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing look. 

Enhancing the size, shape, or appearance of the nose can have a profound impact on the overall facial aesthetic. This transformation often redirects attention away from the nose area, drawing focus to other captivating aspects of the face, resulting in a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance. 

A deviated septum, when it shifts away from its natural alignment, can lead to troublesome breathing issues and increase susceptibility to recurrent nasal infections. Often, injuries sustained in contact sports like rugby or boxing are frequent culprits behind the development of a deviated septum

Functional Rhinoplasty focuses on reshaping the nose to enhance airflow and facilitate better drainage. Breathing difficulties can disrupt sleep patterns and even contribute to the development of conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea. Both naturally occurring crooked noses and those damaged by trauma or sports-related injuries can be the root cause of such breathing problems.  

In some cases, the NHS may provide funding for Rhinoplasty when it's necessary to alleviate these breathing issues. 

The nose holds a central position on the face, often becoming the focal point of attention when meeting someone. Discontent with the size, shape, or overall appearance of your nose can significantly affect your self-confidence and self-esteem. Undergoing a nose job can offer a substantial boost to your confidence and self-esteem, leading to an overall enhancement of your mental well-being. 

Why do people have it?

The size and shape of one's nose can be a source of insecurity and unhappiness for many individuals, regardless of gender. A nose job offers a solution that not only enhances physical appearance but also boosts self-confidence and overall well-being. 

Beyond its cosmetic benefits, a nose job can be a game changer for various medical concerns, including the correction of breathing difficulties and the alleviation of symptoms associated with sleep apnoea. Whether pursued for aesthetic or medical reasons, a nose job stands as the most effective and immediate corrective procedure in such cases. 

The surge in video calls and selfies has led to increased scrutiny of facial aesthetics among men and women. A nose job not only enhances the nose's appearance and function but also brings it into proportion with other facial features. This harmonisation can contribute to heightened self-confidence and improved mental well-being for all genders. 

By addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of an individual's well-being, rhinoplasty empowers people to feel better about their looks, ultimately leading to increased self-confidence and a greater sense of happiness. 

For a view of some of our many thousands of happy rhinoplasty patients, why not view our rhinoplasty before and after gallery  

Who is suitable?

Why do people have it & Who is suittable

Your surgeon will assess whether you are suitable for a nose job as part of your one to one consultation. They will decide your are suitable if: 

  • You are in good overall physical and psychological health. 
  • You experience concerns related to the size or shape of your nose, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons. 
  • You have realistic expectations regarding the achievable outcomes of the surgery. 
  • You seek to address damage or injuries affecting your nose. 
  • You struggle with issues such as loud snoring, sleep apnea, or breathing difficulties. 

Differences in male and female Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is embraced by both men and women. Remarkably, in 2020, according to statistics from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Rhinoplasty ranked as the most-performed aesthetic surgery among men in the UK. 

However, while the techniques of nose job surgery can apply to both genders, there exist significant distinctions between the surgical goals for men and women. Beyond the evident anatomical differences, men and women have unique aspirations for their rhinoplasty procedures. 

Male Rhinoplasty seeks to emphasise and enhance the nasal structure, resulting in a straighter angle and stronger definition. This approach aims to bestow a more distinguished and chiselled appearance. Male Rhinoplasty can also address noses marked by irregularities or a crooked contour due to previous trauma or sports-related injuries. 

In contrast, Female Rhinoplasty often pursues a softer, subtler transformation of the nose. This typically involves a slightly upturned nasal tip and the correction of a minor dorsal hump, which is a bony or cartilaginous prominence along the bridge of the nose. It's important to note that our experienced surgeons can incorporate these characteristics into Male Rhinoplasty if that aligns with the patient's desires. However, men are less inclined to seek a nose that is overly narrow with a pinched nasal tip. 

One of the remarkable aspects of rhinoplasty lies in its adaptability to cater to each individual's unique requirements. 

The anatomical distinctions between the male and female nose are quite noticeable. Men typically possess longer noses characterised by a thicker layer of skin. This thicker skin layer contributes significantly to the occurrence of a bulbous nose tip, appearing as a substantial mass or swelling on the lower portion of the nose. Interestingly, this condition is more frequently observed in men, particularly in those aged between 50 and 70 years old - and can be related to skin conditions such as Rosacea. 

Male Rhinoplasty can often be complemented by other cosmetic procedures, such as Chin Augmentation with an implant, further accentuating masculine facial traits. 

At the Cadogan Clinic, we offer five distinct types of nose job procedures. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons to explore the most suitable Rhinoplasty option for achieving your desired aesthetic goals. 

What is an Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty?

Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty is an innovative procedure which uses a tool called a Piezo insert, to make incisions within your nose. Piezos can effectively cut through bones and cartilage, without damaging soft tissue. This means the incisions within the nose are very precise and leave less damage throughout the nose than traditional Rhinoplasty techniques. By reducing the overall trauma to the nose, recovery is easier and complications are fewer, reducing the need for secondary procedures. 


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What to expect

We have a number of highly experienced Rhinoplasty consultants at Cadogan Clinic in London. If you are interested in undergoing nose surgery with us, you will be guided through the whole process by our dedicated support team. 

When you first contact Cadogan Clinic, your dedicated surgical advisor will organise up to two face to face consultations with your specialist Rhinoplasty consultant at our London based hospital to discuss your concerns, surgical options and your desired results. Consultations are usually between 30-60 minutes and your surgeon will use this time to explain the best options to address your concerns and the results you can expect.

To prepare for your consultation, we recommend writing down any questions you have about Rhinoplasty so you can make the most of the time you have with your surgeon. You can also bring photos with you of noses that you like. Although those exact results may not be possible for you, your surgeon will be able to discuss what is possible. Common questions our surgeons receive are how long does Rhinoplasty last, and how does Rhinoplasty work?

Your surgeon will also discuss your medical history, take the measurements they need and take photos for your medical record.

After your consultation, your surgeon will write up your proposed treatment plan and send it to your patient advisor - this may include multiple surgical options and the benefits of each. Your patient advisor will contact you to discuss the options your surgeon has suggested, the pricing and the next available dates. You will then have a mandatory two week cooling off period to consider the options that have been given to you, and whether you would like to go ahead with surgery. 

When preparing for Rhinoplasty London surgery, you will need to follow these steps:

  • You will receive pre-operative medical and psychological questionnaires to complete. These will be reviewed by your surgeon, anaesthetist and nurses to make sure you are ready to undergo your Rhinoplasty. 
  • You will need to stop smoking and vaping for at least six weeks before surgery to allow for a smooth and effective recovery. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation and may ask you to have stopped before you book a surgery date. 
  • You must avoid drinking alcohol in the 48 hours before your surgery to prevent any unnecessary inflammation as part of your surgery. 
  • For a week before your procedure, you shouldn’t take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, or any herbal supplements as these may increase the risk of bleeding which can lead to complications. 
  • You will need to organise a family member or friend to collect you following surgery, who can either drive you or accompany you in a taxi and stay with you for the first night 
  • In the 6 hours before you arrive at the clinic, you mustn’t eat any solid food or consume any juice or milk (including tea or coffee). You can have sips of clear liquids (water, or black tea and coffee) up to 2 hours before you arrive at the clinic 

When you arrive at the clinic in London for your Rhinoplasty, you will speak with your surgeon, anaesthetist and the nurses. You will be asked to wear a surgical gown and compression stockings.  

You will then be taken into theatre. Once you are comfortable, your anaesthetist will administer your general anaesthetic. All general anaesthetic surgeries at Cadogan Clinic are carried out using TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) which reduces the risk of post-operative sickness and nausea and allows for a faster initial recovery.

Your surgeon will then undertake your Rhinoplasty. After the procedure is finished, you will be taken into our Recovery ward, where you will wake up from the anaesthetic, and a nurse will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. Once you are fully awake, you will be transferred to our ambulatory ward, where you will have something to eat and be prepared to be discharged. A nurse will explain any medication you need to take and how to look after your nose following your surgery. 

Rhinoplasty recovery tends to be reasonably easy, with little pain however, your surgical team will have prescribed any medications you will require to keep you comfortable. Your surgeon will have explained how long it takes to heal from Rhinoplasty surgery as part of your consultation. It is normal for your nose to feel blocked and you will have to mostly breathe through your mouth for the first part of your recovery. You will be up and moving within a day and able to bathe normally in three days.

Your surgeon will have placed a splint over your nose to support and protect your nose while it is healing and the rhinoplasty swelling is subsiding. This will be removed 5-7 days following your procedure.

You will have two post-operative appointments following your surgery. The first will be a week after your Rhinoplasty, with our nurses. They will remove your stitches and splint and show you how to look after any dressings or tape that are placed on your nose. The second appointment will be with your surgeon, six weeks after your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss your recovery and results and will take some after photos. They will also explain anything you need to do going forward as part of your recovery. If you have any questions about your recovery, you will be able to contact our dedicated nursing team on the 24 hour helpline for 1 year following your nosejob London surgery. 

How long is recovery from Rhinoplasty?

Your exact recovery time will depend on the exact surgery you have had and the techniques used, but most patients will recover fully within 6-8 weeks. Your nose may still feel slightly stiff and may take up to 12 months to take its final shape. Patience following Rhinoplasty surgery is important and your surgeon will explain this during your consultation. 

The Patient Journey. A breakdown of what you can expect on your journey with us

We are deeply invested in ensuring that every step of your surgical journey with us is as informative and reassuring to you as it can be. This article outlines what you can expect at each stage of the journey

The Patient Journey

Frequently Asked Questions

Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure specifically designed to address both aesthetic and functional concerns related to a wide range of nose shapes.

Nose shapes are unique to each individual, and rhinoplasty can effectively address various concerns associated with different nose shapes, which may include:

  • Large noses, oversized nose tips, or nostrils
  • Long noses, extended nose tips, or nostrils
  • Asymmetrical noses, uneven nose tips, or nostrils
  • Noses with prominent bridges or noticeable bumps
  • Correcting deviated septums

There are five types of nose operations that we offer at the Cadogan Clinic.

  • Closed Rhinoplasty.
  • Open Rhinoplasty.
  • Septo-Rhinoplasty.
  • Rhino-tip Surgery.
  • Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is performed with the patient comfortably sedated under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA). Depending on your specific requirements and aesthetic goals, the surgeon may undertake any of the following techniques:

  • Nose Reduction: This technique involves making the nose smaller by carefully removing portions of cartilage and bone. This process often includes delicately reshaping the bridge of the nose through rasping and precisely adjusting the nasal bones where they connect with the facial structure. It's important to note that the skin covering the nostrils tends to have less flexibility for contraction compared to the rest of the nose. In some cases, there may be a need to reduce the base of the nostrils or adjust the nasal floor by skillfully removing a small wedge of tissue.
  • Nose Reshaping: This approach focuses on altering the overall shape of the nose by reconfiguring or augmenting the underlying cartilaginous and bony framework. The surgeon employs their expertise to create the desired contour and aesthetics.
  • Nose Proportions: Rhinoplasty can also involve adjusting the angle between the nose and the upper lip, refining the overall facial balance and harmony.

These procedures are conducted with meticulous precision and an artistic touch to achieve the desired results while preserving both form and function. Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine the most suitable approach based on your unique goals and facial anatomy.

At the Cadogan Clinic, the starting price for a rhinoplasty procedure is £6,900.

It's essential to note that all costs provided online serve as guide prices and are subject to confirmation after your in-person consultation. The intricacy of the procedure needed and the specific technique employed can significantly influence the final rhinoplasty cost. Additionally, variations in individual facial anatomy also contribute to the personalised nature of the pricing.

In the United Kingdom, medical procedures, including rhinoplasty, are not subject to Value Added Tax (VAT). Our dedicated team will work closely with you to provide a comprehensive understanding of the costs associated with your unique rhinoplasty journey during your consultation.

During your initial rhinoplasty consultation, your surgeon will provide essential pre-operative guidance to ensure a successful and smooth surgical experience. This guidance includes:


Maintaining a well-balanced diet is important. Eating nutritious foods can support your overall health and facilitate the healing process. It's advisable to prioritise a healthy diet in the lead-up to your surgery.


If you are a smoker, it's highly recommended to quit smoking. Smoking can have adverse effects on the healing process and increase the risk of complications. It's best to cease smoking well in advance of your surgery.

Limit or avoid alcohol consumption in the days leading up to your rhinoplasty. Alcohol can impact your body's ability to heal and may interact with anaesthesia.

Refrain from taking aspirin and blood-thinning medications in the days leading up to your surgery. Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines regarding medication adjustments.

On the day of your surgery, you should refrain from eating any food for a minimum of 6 hours before the operation. For liquids, avoid drinking water for at least 2 hours before your surgery. Arnica tablets can be considered to help minimise post-operative bruising following your rhinoplasty.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns, your consultation provides an excellent opportunity to discuss them with your surgeon.

Contrary to popular expectations, rhinoplasty is associated with minimal pain following the surgery. Although you may experience some discomfort in the immediate aftermath of the procedure, it's important to note that any pain levels are generally quite low. 

You might also encounter common symptoms such as a temporarily blocked nose, which are typical during the early stages of recovery.

Upon your arrival at our clinic for your surgery, our warm and welcoming nurses will guide you downstairs to begin your pre-operative preparations. Here, you will have the opportunity to meet with the anaesthetist, ensuring your comfort and well-being throughout the procedure. You will also have a final discussion with your surgeon at this stage, allowing them to fully understand your specific preferences and requirements.

Following the surgery, you will enter our dedicated recovery room. After a few hours, when you have comfortably enjoyed a meal and are ready, your surgeon will provide you with post-operative guidance. You can arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up and take you home safely. Before you depart from the clinic, our attentive nursing staff will ensure that you have everything you need, including scheduling a post-operative appointment. 

Rhinoplasty is one of the most sought-after treatments at Cadogan Clinic. Like any surgical procedure involving general anaesthesia, there are inherent risks associated with nose reshaping. Your surgeon will provide a comprehensive explanation of the rhinoplasty process, discuss potential risks, and address any specific concerns you may have.


Some of the possible risks associated with rhinoplasty include:

  • Anaesthesia risks, as with any surgery there are risks with using anaesthesia.
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing or scarring
  • Change in skin sensation; possible numbness or pain
  • Nasal septal perforation (a hole in the nasal septum). However, keep in mind that this is very rare. 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unsatisfactory nasal appearance
  • Skin discolouration and swelling
  • Possibility of revisional surgery

To minimise risks, it's crucial to diligently follow the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon. It's worth noting that many of these risks are rare.

In the realm of cosmetic surgery, it's essential for the surgeon not only to understand your desired outcome but also to ensure that the proposed result aligns with your satisfaction and psychological well-being.

For our rhinoplasty patients, we typically recommend taking at least one week off from work. During this period, you will be wearing a splint, which may be in place for up to ten days. However, it's important to note that working from home is entirely feasible and encouraged during this time.

You may experience some mild bleeding from the nostrils, especially overnight or for a bit longer if specific treatments were performed on the septum or turbinates. Expect some temporary swelling and bruising below the eyes, particularly if the nasal bones are fractured. This is a normal part of the healing process and typically subsides within the ten-day timeframe.

As part of your recovery, we advise avoiding strenuous exercise for a minimum of two weeks following the surgery. This precaution helps ensure a smooth and successful healing process, allowing your body to recover comfortably and effectively.

The choice of sutures or stitches during your rhinoplasty procedure is determined by the specific surgical technique employed and your surgeon's preferences. Some sutures are designed to be soluble, meaning they will gradually dissolve and be naturally absorbed by your body over time. Others may need to be removed by your surgeon after a prescribed period.

It is critically important to adhere to your surgeon's guidelines regarding suture care and removal. Keeping the surgical site clean and avoiding activities that could place stress on the sutures or trigger bleeding is crucial for a smooth and complication-free recovery process. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions tailored to your specific case, ensuring the best possible outcome.

One crucial guideline is to avoid blowing your nose during the initial weeks after the procedure. Blowing your nose prematurely can lead to bleeding and place unnecessary strain on the surgical site. The timing for when it is safe to resume nose blowing will be provided by your surgeon, tailored to the specific surgical technique employed and your healing progress.

Exercising after a rhinoplasty procedure requires caution and adherence to your surgeon's recommendations. Your surgeon will guide you when it is safe to resume physical activity.

Vigorous exercises such as running, weightlifting, or engaging in contact sports should be avoided for a minimum of two to three weeks post-surgery. This extended rest period allows ample time for the surgical site to heal and for swelling to diminish.

To reintroduce exercise into your daily routine, consider activities like walking or gentle stretching. These exercises promote circulation and can expedite the healing process while minimising strain on the surgical area.

It is imperative to follow your surgeon's instructions diligently. If you have any questions or concerns about resuming physical activity, always consult with your surgeon before doing so.

The recovery process after rhinoplasty involves two aspects: the time it takes to resume full normal activities and the duration it takes for the nose to reach its final state. It's essential to note that there is a considerable difference in time between these two phases, and individual experiences may vary.

Many patients are pleasantly surprised to find that rhinoplasty is virtually painless. We employ Total IntraVenous Anaesthesia (TIVA), ensuring a rapid and comfortable awakening from the procedure, without postoperative nausea. You'll typically be ready to return home within an hour or two after surgery.

Expect some initial bleeding from the nostrils, which will be managed with a gauze dressing placed under the nose. The dressing will be changed as needed by the nurse during your hospital stay and later by yourself at home. Bleeding usually stops by the following morning, replaced by a clear ooze that may coagulate around the nostrils and internal sutures. Simply cleanse the exterior with tap water, as the inside is not a concern. At your one-week follow-up, the nurse will address any remaining issues, including the removal of skin sutures, as internal sutures dissolve naturally.

Some patients may experience bruising around the eyes, though it is not typically painful. Bruising appears quickly after surgery but also resolves quickly. By the tenth day, most remnants of bruising beneath the eyes should have faded.

In cases where nasal bones have been fractured, a plastic or plaster of Paris splint is usually placed over the nose. This splint is typically removed within six to 10 days, marking a significant moment in your recovery. However, it's important to note that at this stage, the nose will still be swollen and lack definition. Particularly, the tip may appear largely unchanged. The final shape of the nose will take approximately six to 12 months to fully settle. You will have a better sense of this when the skin feels normal, and any stiffness has dissipated. Patience is key during this period.

Post-surgery, you are not unwell but may have some visible signs of healing, such as minor bruising and the presence of a splint. While strenuous exercise should be avoided for a couple of weeks, you can typically resume most other activities. The splint is similar to what one might wear after a broken nose.

Seeing the potential outcomes of rhinoplasty can be reassuring. You can explore a selection of before and after images in our comprehensive Before and After Nose Job Gallery, accessible on this page.

During your consultation, your dedicated consultant will provide you with a more extensive collection of rhinoplasty before and after results that they have personally achieved. We believe that by examining these real-world examples of nose contouring and nose reduction procedures, you can gain a clearer understanding of what may be attainable for you and your unique goals.

Securing NHS coverage for rhinoplasty is a rarity, as this procedure is typically categorised as cosmetic surgery. In exceptional cases, NHS funding for rhinoplasty may be considered if it can be firmly established that the surgery is medically necessary, but such instances are exceedingly uncommon.

Before committing to your rhinoplasty journey, it is important to select a surgeon who possesses the experience and qualifications for this specialised procedure. An accomplished surgeon should be able to explain the surgery, including detailed insights into the procedure itself, the recovery period, and any potential risks or complications. They should also candidly address your expectations and potential outcomes.

Prior to making your choice, verify that the surgeon is a recognised specialist in rhinoplasty. During your initial consultation, ensure that the surgeon can present an extensive portfolio featuring before and after photographs of rhinoplasty procedures they have performed. This visual representation will provide you with a clear sense of the anticipated results. Additionally, seek out testimonials from previous patients to gauge their satisfaction with the surgeon's work.

A reputable rhinoplasty surgeon prioritises the achievement of natural-looking results and places the patient's overall well-being, both physical and psychological, at the forefront of their considerations. It's important to note that an ethical surgeon will decline to perform the procedure if you are not in optimal physical and psychological health.

Lastly, confirm that your chosen rhinoplasty surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the relevant field, such as otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), plastic surgery, or maxillofacial surgery. This certification ensures that you are consulting with a true expert in the field.

Although rhinoplasty primarily targets the nose itself, it can indirectly impact nearby structures, particularly the vocal cords. Modifications to the nasal passages and throat swelling following surgery can lead to temporary voice changes, such as hoarseness or a nasal quality to the voice. However, these alterations are typically short-lived and tend to dissipate within a few weeks as post-surgery swelling diminishes.

In rare cases, more extensive alterations to the nasal passageways or changes in the cartilage supporting the vocal cords may result in permanent voice changes. It is essential to communicate any voice-related concerns with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure. This discussion will help ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the potential impacts of rhinoplasty on your voice.

In cases where a deviated septum, which is a condition where the partition between the nostrils is bent or crooked, is the root cause of sleep apnea, a septoplasty procedure can be performed to alleviate the condition. This surgical intervention aims to open up the nasal airways and enhance breathing.

However, it's essential to understand that not all instances of sleep apnea are linked to nasal structural abnormalities, and rhinoplasty alone may not be sufficient to address the condition. To receive an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan, individuals experiencing sleep apnea should consult with a sleep specialist or pulmonologist. These experts can assess the underlying causes of the condition and recommend appropriate interventions, which may include septoplasty or other treatments.

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are distinct surgical procedures that target different issues within the nasal region.

Rhinoplasty is a surgical intervention used to modify the appearance of the nose for either cosmetic or medical reasons. This can involve resizing the nose, reshaping the tip, or narrowing the nostrils. Rhinoplasty primarily focuses on altering the aesthetics of the nose.

Septoplasty, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure designed to correct a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when the wall separating the nostrils is curved or misaligned, potentially leading to breathing difficulties and recurring sinus infections. Septoplasty aims to straighten the septum and improve nasal function.

While these two procedures can be combined to address both cosmetic and functional concerns, they serve different purposes. It's essential to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon to determine which procedure, or combination of procedures, is most suitable for your specific needs and goals.

Rhinoplasty can indeed help improve breathing when it is performed to address structural issues within the nose that hinder normal airflow. Some of the conditions that rhinoplasty can address to enhance breathing include:

  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal obstructions
  • Scars or deformities

It's crucial to emphasise that not all breathing difficulties are caused by nasal structural abnormalities. A comprehensive evaluation by an otolaryngologist or pulmonologist is essential to determine the underlying causes of breathing problems. If structural issues are identified, rhinoplasty can be an effective solution to enhance breathing.

 

When performing a rhinoplasty procedure, the goal is to achieve facial harmony and balance rather than making dramatic alterations to the face. The nose is a central and prominent feature, and changes to its size, shape, or proportions can impact the overall appearance of the face.

An experienced surgeon takes into account the unique facial proportions of each patient. They analyse the patient's facial structure, including the size and shape of the eyes, lips, chin, and other features. This analysis helps create a rhinoplasty plan that complements the patient's existing facial aesthetics.

The surgeon aims to achieve results that align with natural proportions and symmetry. Excessive alterations that disrupt the balance of the face are typically avoided. The goal is to enhance the nose in a way that enhances overall facial attractiveness.

To ensure that the results are natural and harmonious with the rest of the face, they will also consider your age, skin type, and ethnicity. Realistic expectations for the procedure's results are also essential.

When you are researching how much is a Rhinoplasty you may find that Rhinoplasty London prices are typically slightly more expensive than Rhinoplasty UK prices, with rhinoplasty costs in London in the region of a 10 –15% premium.

There are a number of reasons why rhinoplasty costs in London are typically more expensive, including:  

  • Many of the UK’s best surgeons choosing to work in the capital, and London also attracts surgeons from all over the world. This means that London has access to the highest calibre of surgeons, and the very best talent  
  • The highest quality surgeons wish to work in the best facilities possible. These hospitals offer the best standards of care and also have access to state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most cutting edge techniques and procedures   
  • Top level surgeons want to work with facilities which provide the best quality, the safest standards and the most comprehensive aftercare for their patients.   
  • The best talent plus the best facilities and the best aftercare protocol leads to better surgical outcomes and a much lower risk of complications, for which a premium is typically paid  
  • Costs of goods and services in London, generally tend to be higher than the rest of the country.  

You should therefore expect slight price differences if you are getting a nose job in London vs elsewhere in the UK. 


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We're a centre of excellence for rhinoplasty surgery in the UK, performing these highly impactful procedures with the very latest ultrasonic techniques that can deliver natural, harmonious results whilst minimising recovery time. I'm proud that this complex procedure is the second most commonly performed at our Clinic, showcasing our credentials as the natural home for the most complex procedures and the very highest standards of cosmetic surgery care.
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What are the risks?

When considering any cosmetic surgery, including Rhinoplasty, it is vital to discuss any complications and risks in your consultation and understand how they may impact your results should they occur. Your surgeon will assess your individual risk of these complications, and they may ask you to follow certain steps to prepare to reduce this risk

  • Hematoma - This is the build up of blood beneath the skin and will require treatment from your surgeon 
  • Poor wound healing - Healing complications or infection can affect the incision sites 
  • Seroma - This is the formation of a lump under the skin caused by buildup of fluid around the incision sites. This will require treatment from your surgeon. 
  • Excessive bleeding  
  • Allergic reaction to general anaesthetic 
  • Infection in your nose 
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a vein) 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Numbness around the nose 
  • Septum perforation

In the event of an unforeseen complication arising during your Rhinoplasty, a secondary revision surgery may be required. The need for a revision surgery can occur due to factors beyond your surgeon’s control. Our skilled consultant surgeons are qualified professionals who have performed nose job London surgeries countless times.


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