Having a rhinoplasty at The London Clinic

Once your initial consultations are complete and you and your surgeon are happy to go ahead with the rhinoplasty, your surgery will be booked and you will be admitted to The Clinic for your operation and a one-night stay.

A rhinoplasty, even one that is done using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques, usually requires a general anaesthetic. Typical surgery time will be around two hours and most patients feel more comfortable with an overnight stay in The Clinic.

Aftercare following your rhinoplasty

Most rhinoplasty patients are seen in the consulting rooms of their plastic surgeon one week after their operation so that the plaster can be removed and any fine stitches can be taken out.

This consultation forms part of an ongoing discussion about skin management, skin care, sun protection and what to expect over the next four to six weeks.

We then usually review all rhinoplasty patients at two to three months and then again as necessary. Sometimes we follow them up for about a year, particularly with the very complex repairs.

Recovering from rhinoplasty

Patients need to be prepared for a rhinoplasty to settle over a longer period than other forms of cosmetic surgery. The internal tissue and the skin can go on settling for 6-9 months and the final result can only become apparent after a year in some cases.
It is quite normal for your nose to swell, go down, swell again and feel rather erratic for a few weeks but we warn patients to expect these changes, particularly if they have had a complex rhinoplasty repair.

The pace of recovery varies depending on your age, your skin thickness, the number of operations you’ve had before and whether you smoke for example.