Variously referred to as nose surgery or nose job, rhinoplasty is a highly effective surgical solution for reshaping or changing the size of your nose. There are various reasons that one may choose to do this- you may have a bulbous tip or unattractive bump on your nose, you may feel that it is just too big for your facial features, or you may have had an accident that left it looking distorted. Whatever the reason, nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, will definitely change the appearance of your nose and leave you feeling more confident. In fact, as at 2013, rhinoplasty in U.K. was the 5th most popular and commonly performed cosmetic procedure across the land.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a medical term for any surgery that alters the appearance of the nose. It is often performed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the nose and surrounding areas, although it can also be used to correct deviated septums and restore nasal functions. The procedure can reshape the bridge, tip, or the whole nasal profile, as well as help ease some breathing difficulties. The 3 main types of rhinoplasty procedures include:
- Standard rhinoplasty – This entails full nose correction of the alar bases (nostrils), nose tip, and bridge.
- Rhino-tip – Involves correction of the alar bases and tip.
- Septo-rhinoplasty – This is ideal for those who suffer from the symptoms of a deviated septum and involves a full nose correction (plus the alteration of a deviated nasal septum).
Being one of the oldest cosmetic procedures around means that rhinoplasty is performed by surgeons whose skills and techniques have been sharpened to perfection. Depending on your requirements and expectations, cosmetic surgeons should be able to recommend what is the ideal procedure for the results you expect to achieve.
In most instances, rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic and usually lasts for about two hours. Most incisions are made on the in side of the nose which means that you will not have any visible scars. However, for some nose surgery procedures, your surgeon may make incisions on the skin between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty), or small ones that are made either side of the nostrils, which leave very fine scars. The good news is that any such incisions are closed using dissolvable stitches which means that they should disappear on their own after about a week.
Your nose is likely to be swollen and bruised following a nose operation and you may also experience some bruising around the eyes. Your surgeon should provide pain relief to ease any resultant discomfort.
Immediately after the procedure, you are also likely to have dressings inside each nostril which may prevent you from breathing properly. These should, however, be taken out before you leave the clinic. If the rhinoplasty is done on your nose bridge, you may have a splint over your nose for support. This should be kept in place for around a week.
Recovery varies from patient to patient and it should be at least 2 weeks before the bruising fully fades and several months before your nose settles into its new shape following the procedure. It is thus advisable not to be alarmed by your immediate post-operative appearance.
The average price for minor rhinoplasty procedures (tip corrections) is £3,000, but those who require more extensive procedures may have to part with about £5,000- depending on the complexity involved. Consultations on rhinoplasty procedures with a specialist surgeon will usually set you back £100.