Reasons for surgery
Some men may feel that the size and shape of their nose is out of proportion to their face or perhaps they are unhappy with the shape of the tip, a lump on the bridge, the profile of the nose or the angle between the nose and the upper lip. These aspects can be addressed by the Rhinoplasty procedure, commonly referred to as a “nose job”. The characteristics of the nose are genetic and as the nose is a central feature of the face, it is important to take into consideration the other facial features such as the eyes, chin, cheeks and facial shape. The nose does not normally stop growing until around the age of 16, therefore this procedure is not normally recommended before this age. The Rhinoplasty operation is commonly performed and may enhance self-esteem or confidence to a patient who is unhappy or embarrassed by the size or shape of their nose, or who has suffered an accident which has changed or damaged the nose.
The Rhinoplasty or “nose job” operation can be performed using an “open” or “closed” technique which is independently assessed according each patient, depending on the individual framework of the nose. The overlying skin of the nose itself is not touched and the frame of the nose, consisting of cartilage (gristle) and bone is removed to re shape and to adjust the profile of the nose. When using the closed method, incisions are made within the nostrils and the procedure is carried out via this access point. When using the open method, the incision is made to the columella (the tissue which separates the nostril) in addition to within the nose. The elasticity of the nasal skin then shrinks and fits to the new reduced framework of the nose.
In the case of an augmentation Rhinoplasty (enlargement), the shape of the nose is built up using various materials such as cartilage, bone or manufactured materials. The additional framework is performed using cuts to either the columella or inside the nostrils.
Initially the nose may feel stiff, appearing swollen and bruised for approximately 2-3 weeks, with residual swelling being apparent for up to 3 months. As the bruising and swelling normally subsides in 2-3 weeks, daily activities can normally be undertaken at this point. It is fairly common to experience breathing difficulties for the first week after surgery and you may be advised to wear a splint for approximately 1 week post-surgery.
Further benefits, risks and your expectations will be discussed and explained during your consultation with a fully registered Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
- Procedure Time: 1-2 hours (general anaesthetic)
- Hospital Stay: 1 night
- Recovery Time: 2-3 weeks off work
- Guide price from: £