Rhinoplasty or a ‘nose job’ refers to a group of procedures that address anomalies in the appearance and function of the nose. It is a common surgical procedure that can address a number of problems – the dorsal hump (nose bump) or droopy tip (hook nose), the pinched or wide tip deformity, the saddle nose and/or the wide nasal base. Sometimes, a person will suffer from a combination of these problems.
For some small anomalies, hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to mask the problem. This is a temporary solution and will need to be repeated. Surgical correction is the only permanent solution. Surgical techniques are categorised into open-tip or closed-tip rhinoplasty. Open-tip, where a very small incision is made on the columella (between the nostrils) to allow assess to the nose compares well with closed-tip techniques, which are performed through the nostrils and all incisions made are hidden within the nose. Chris will explain the pros and cons of each for your problem. Photographic simulation is often helpful in informing this decision.
Once the swelling and bruising have subsided, the results of filler injections can last up to 1 year, whilst the results of surgery last for life.
With open-tip rhinoplasty the nasal tip can be swollen and numb for over a year as a result of surgery. Small lumps and bumps may be noticeable once the swelling subsides in the area/s where the nose has been re-positioned. The small scar on the columella is rarely visible. Infection and bruising is a risk, like with any surgery. The risks of closed tip rhinoplasty are smaller, but the technique is usually limited to smaller problems in the first place.
Most patients are very happy with rhinoplasty surgery, especially when big changes are needed to restore nasal form. Small and subtle changes are more difficult to achieve and may be more suited to non-surgical interventions.
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
From £4,500 under general anaesthetic
Nasal and facial swelling can be present for many months after the surgery. Sleeping upright for the first few nights helps reduce the severity of onset swelling and speeds up recovery.
- Surgery duration: 1 - 4 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: 1 night
- Time off work: 1-2 weeks
- Recovery time: 4-6 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 3
- Pain management: Simple pain relief (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen) once discharged, occasionally tramadol at night
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