Rhinoplasty (nose re-shaping operation or 'nose job')

Surgery to change the shape of the nose is performed both for clinical and cosmetic reasons. Our ENT or plastic surgeons at Spire Alexandra Hospital are available to offer individual advice and treatment plans for nose surgery.

What is a nosejob or rhinoplasty surgery?

If you are not happy with the size or shape of your nose, rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job”, can change it. You may feel your nose is too big, too small, too narrow or too wide or perhaps it is crooked, has a bulbous end, or a bump in it. Whatever you are unhappy with, nose reshaping from Spire Cosmetic Surgery may help you achieve the look you want.

Rhinoplasty, nose job re-shaping from Spire Healthcare

About nose reshaping surgery

There are two main types of rhinoplasty – reduction rhinoplasty to make the nose smaller, and augmentation rhinoplasty to give the nose more bulk or make it larger.

Reduction rhinoplasty

Cartilage and bone is removed or rearranged through cuts inside your nostrils. The skin on the outside of your nose is left untouched and shrinks down to the new shape. To keep your features in proportion, it might also be necessary to make your nostrils smaller through small cuts in the skin. This will leave fine scars on each nostril.

Augmentation rhinoplasty

The bone is reshaped through cuts inside or between your nostrils. Sometimes extra bone or cartilage is needed to build up the nose. A bone graft may be taken from your hip, a rib, the back of your elbow or the surface of your skull. Cartilage may be taken from your ears or from spare cartilage inside your nose. Sometimes artificial implants are used. The skin on the outside of your nose often doesn’t need to be cut, as it stretches over the new shape.

Both operations last between 60 and 90 minutes and are usually carried out under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. You will usually be able to return home the same day, though if you have had a bone graft, you may need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.

There may be some pain after rhinoplasty, though painkillers will help. There will be bruising and swelling, particularly around your eyes, which can take about three weeks to settle. It will take around three months for the swelling in your nose to disappear.

If you have had augmentation rhinoplasty, your nose will feel numb and stiff.  The numbness usually disappears within a couple of months, but the stiffness is likely to be permanent and your nose may feel unnaturally hard. Your nose may look also look slightly bigger than you expected. This is deliberate because bone grafts gradually shrink in size during the first year or two. If the bone graft was taken from another part of your body, you will feel some pain initially and be left with a scar at the place it was taken from.

Nose reshaping surgery from Spire Cosmetic Surgery

As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Having the procedure at Spire means you will be seen by an experienced cosmetic surgeon of your choice who will discuss your options and the best course of treatment for you. You can also expect to be treated in a premium private hospital at a location that you can choose, and be safe in the knowledge that Spire is committed to your safety with the highest healthcare standards and cleanliness. Read more about why Spire is the trusted choice for cosmetic surgery.

How much does a rhinoplasty (nosejob) cost?

If you would like to know the price for rhinoplasty surgery simply call your preferred Spire location to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser, send us an online enquiry or request a callback and we will be in touch.

How can I find out more about nose reshaping surgery?


Nose Re-shaping (Rhinoplasty)

Pricing detail £4,340.00

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