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What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is also known as a nose job. It is surgery to reshape, resize, and change the contour of the nose. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK and across the world. The nose is prominently placed in the centre of the face. As a consequence, its size and shape can have a real impact on your appearance and self-esteem.

The London Clinic offers rhinoplasty by world-leading cosmetic surgeons and ENT consultants, and a comfortable, stress-free environment in which to recover.

If you’ve always been unhappy with your nose, or an injury or aging have changed its appearance, Rhinoplasty can change the shape, correct distortion, cure any breathing difficulties, improve symmetry and restore facial harmony.

Close-up of a female patient undergoing rhinoplasty

Understanding your surgery

The London Clinic’s specialist surgeons offer expert assessment and advice in the Clinic’s comfortable and discreet consulting rooms. Getting the best cosmetic result is about achieving balance and symmetry of facial features. The surgeon will discuss the concerns you have about your nose. Using different photos of noses and post-operative pictures, they will help you understand what results are achievable.

Sometimes a nose can seem prominent if the jaw is weak. Also, changing your nose can transform your appearance. This may be what you want, but sometimes having a small, pretty nose can remove your distinctive edge.

The surgeon will support you to make the right choice of nose shape and size, to help you achieve the nose and the look you want.

Your surgeon will also take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough examination to ensure that you are medically well and fit for surgery. 

Surgery facts

The specialist surgeons at The London Clinic perform rhinoplasty under general anaesthetic. The operation takes between 60 and 90 minutes. It is usually a day case procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight.

The surgeon will make an incision inside the nose. This means that any scars will be invisible. The consultant alters the bone and cartilage that make up the structure of the nose to provide the look you want.

They can reduce the size of the nose and sculpt the shape. If the tip is too big or bulbous, the surgeon will trim the cartilage in the area. If the bridge is wide or prominent, they will plane this down to improve the profile. 

The specialist can also augment part of the nose. If any areas are small, flat, or out of proportion, they will use cartilage grafts to build up these sections. For noses with significant damage or deformity, the surgeon can rebuild the nose to create a new shape. 

Once they have created the new structure, the surgeon will stretch the tissues over the nose and suture in place.

Finally, they may place dressings inside the nose, to prevent bleeding and apply a splint to the outside of the nose. This will protect the nose, reduce swelling and maintain the shape as it heals. 

You will be taken into The London Clinic’s recovery area, where the expert theatre staff will be on hand to monitor and support you as you wake up from the anaesthetic.

Surgery recovery

You will be able to go home on the same day as your surgery. However, you will need someone to escort you home as you will be unable to drive. The London Clinic team will advise you about your recovery and arrange follow-up to assess your progress.

Post-operative swelling and any nasal dressings can make it difficult to breathe through your nose during the first few days after surgery. The dressings inside the nose can usually be removed the day after surgery. Keeping your head raised, using extra pillows at night, and avoiding blowing your nose, will aid healing and prevent excess fluid accumulating.

Bruising and swelling on the nose and under your eyes are normal following surgery. This should gradually settle, but it can take several months to see the final results of your operation.  

It's essential to take time to rest and recover; avoid work, exercise, hot baths, and bending down for two weeks. It's also sensible to avoid crowds and busy places because getting a cold can increase the risk of post-operative infection. After this time, you can gradually build-up to normal activities, your consultant and the team at The London Clinic are always available to offer support, guidance, and a helping hand.  

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An All-Inclusive Package for this treatment is available from £3,595.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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