Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)

  • 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 may help you achieve the look you want.

    There are two types of rhinoplasty

    Reduction rhinoplasty generally makes the nose smaller, while augmentation rhinoplasty gives it more shape or makes it larger.

    Reduction rhinoplasty

    Your surgeon will remove or rearrange cartilage and bone 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

    Here, the surgeon reshapes the bone through cuts inside or between your nostrils. If 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 thesurface 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 the nose often doesn’t need to be cut, as it will stretch 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, although if your procedure includes a bone graft you may need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.

    After your operation

    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 completely.

    If you have had augmentation rhinoplasty

    Your nose will feel numb and stiff. This numbness usually disappears within a couple of months, but the stiffness is likely to be permanent and your nose may feel unnaturally hard. Also, your nose may initially look slightly bigger than you expected. This is deliberate, because bone grafts gradually shrink in size over 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.


    For more information or to book a consultation please call 0161 232 2303 or email info@spiremanchester.com


Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons

Mr Suryakant Kanitkar

Mr David Mowatt

Mr James Murphy

Mr Deemesh Oudit

Mr Waseem Saeed

Mr David Whitby

Mr Tim Woolford


Understanding what can be achieved

As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Having your surgery at Spire Manchester Hospital means that you will be seen by an experienced cosmetic surgeon who will discuss your options and the best course of treatment for you.

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