Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip.

It is a reshaping of the cartilage, bone and sometimes the soft tissues of the nose.

What does Nose Reshaping Surgery Involve?

The skin of the nose is separated from the supporting bone and cartilage which is sculpted to the desired shape using the technique your surgeon has decided on.

The bone and cartilage of the nose are altered to the desired shape and the skin repositioned over them giving a most pleasing result. As most surgery is carried out internally there are rarely any visible scars following a nose reshaping surgical procedure.

How long does nose reshaping surgery take?

The procedure will require an overnight stay in hospital, although occasionally, where minor corrections to the nose tip alone are required, it may be possible to return home the same day. Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two.

What can I expect from the surgery?

Your expectations need to be realistic. Day by day, your nose will begin to look better and you can expect a nose that looks natural and blends harmoniously with your other facial features. The vast majority of patients undergoing rhinoplasty gain a feeling of increased self-confidence with improvement in their body image.

Recovery after Rhinoplasty Surgery

What will happen in the recovery period?

For the first 24 hours after surgery your face will feel puffy and your nose may ache however prescribed pain medication will control this. You will have bruising and swelling around the eyes, which lasts for 2 -3 weeks.

A little bleeding is common in the early days after surgery and you may be asked not to blow your nose for a week or so to allow the tissues to heal. By the end of one week, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed. For 2 -3 weeks you’ll be asked to avoid strenuous activity with no contact sport for 6 weeks. You will have frequent follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.

What is the recovery time from Rhinoplasty surgery?

Each patient is individual so no definite timescale for recovery can be given. However, most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within a couple of days after surgery, and are able to return to work after just a week. Your surgeon may recommend that you take 10-14 days off from work.