It maybe that you have never liked the look of your nose, or perhaps you have suffered some trauma to the nose which has changed the way you look.

A rhinoplasty is a medical term for a nose reshaping operation. A rhinoplasty can make change the shape of your nose so that it enhances your looks by enabling your nose to blend naturally, and beautifully with the rest of your face.

One of the first questions our Plastic Surgeon will ask is “what don’t you like about your nose?”

  • Is the nose too big or too prominent?
  • Is the shape not to your liking?
  • Maybe you are not happy with just the tip of your nose?

Whatever you don’t like about your nose our Plastic Surgeons can create the look that you want.

Open Rhinoplasty

This type of rhinoplasty has the advantage that the Plastic Surgeon has complete visibility of the nasal structure. If your nose requires quite extensive surgery, this could be the procedure recommended for you.

One advantage of an open rhinoplasty is that the incisions are within the nose itself, so you will not see any scars.

In this type of rhinoplasty procedure, we can also use special grafts to enhance the result to achieve exactly the look that we want.

An open rhinoplasty is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes one to three hours in most cases. You will be able to go home on the same day as the procedure.

Closed Rhinoplasty

This type of rhinoplasty is less invasive generally than an open rhinoplasty. Once again, we are able to make the incisions inside the nose so no visible scarring.

The skin is released from the cartilage, and the structures of the nose are shaped. A closed rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic and typically takes around one to two hours.


This procedure is often performed where patients have a deformity known as a deviated septum. This is often characterised by difficulties with breathing. This is often on one side, and it is due to obstructions in air flow. Other patients complain of issues such as excessive snoring. The goal in a septoplasty is to make the nose straight and improve symptoms such as snoring and breathing difficulties. A septoplasty procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around one to two hours.

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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    What anaesthetic is used for rhinoplasty?

    Mostly, a general anaesthetic is used in rhinoplasty procedures. If the correction is very minor it may be possible to use a local anaesthetic, Your Plastic Surgeon will, discuss the anaesthesia of choice with you at your consultation.

    How long does a rhinoplasty take?

    A rhinoplasty can take between one and three hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery

    How long should I take off work after rhinoplasty?

    Most patients will take about one week off. You will have some swelling a bruising in the first week or two.

    Will I need an open or a closed rhinoplasty?

    This will be discussed and assessed at your consultation. The right technique will be found upon examination and assessment with the Plastic Surgeon

    Can I go home alone after a rhinoplasty?

    No, someone will need to collect you from the hospital upon discharge

    When can I drive after rhinoplasty?

    It is important that you are full recovered after the general anaesthetic and that the swelling and bruising has settled so that your vision is not impaired in anyway. Take some time to make sure that you are comfortable with these aspects before driving again. In most cases around one week should be fine

    Is a rhinoplasty painful?

    You may have some discomfort after the surgery, especially in the first week or two. You will be given pain relief medication to help in the early part of the recovery after rhinoplasty.

    I am a smoker; will this affect my rhinoplasty?

    Smoking increases the risk of complications after any surgery. If you smoke it would be strongly advised that you stop smoking six weeks before and at least six weeks after surgery.

    My nose has been damaged; can it be fixed?

    Our Plastic Surgeons are experts in repairing damage to the nose, which has altered the shape of the nose and perhaps caused difficulties with breathing and snoring etc

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