At our five-star plastic surgery clinic in London, rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures. Also known as a nose job, the operation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. Because the nose is central to the facial features, any deformity or imbalance can have a major impact on a person’s psychological well-being. A person with a nasal deformity, bump, or crooked nose can suffer low self-esteem and become withdrawn, avoiding social contact.
Deformities or imbalances of the nose may arise from family traits, injuries, or cancer. Post-injury deformities of the nose can affect the breathing. Deformities of the septum that affect breathing can contribute to sinus problems and overall health.
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What is rhinoplasty surgery?
Rhinoplasty surgery is carried out to reshape the nose in order to achieve a more aesthetically balanced nose or correct a deformity of the nose that may be congenital or may result from an injury. Rhinoplasty surgery is commonly the reduction of a large nose (a wide nose or a nasal hump) and is called reduction rhinoplasty. However, some patients have a nose that is too small for their features, so an augmentation rhinoplasty is therefore required.
Corrective rhinoplasty is used for reshaping the nose following an injury, while a revision rhinoplasty aims to correct one or more residual deformities following a prior rhinoplasty.
What are the benefits of rhinoplasty surgery?
The nose is central to the face. Therefore, a nose that is out of balance with the rest of the face (forehead and chin) stands out and becomes the dominant feature (Look at family photos!). Rhinoplasty surgery aims to correct this imbalance in the nose and therefore make the nose less obvious, i.e. aesthetically balanced with the facial proportions. It is important to realise that each nose is unique and must be in balance with the rest of the face – or it will stand out. A good rhinoplasty should be almost undetectable since it should put the nose in better balance with the face.
What are the risks of rhinoplasty surgery?
Just like with all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with nose job surgery. However, complications are uncommon. The most frequent is irregularity following surgery in about 5%. This may require revision surgery or non-surgical treatment. Bruising is common and may take two weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Hypertrophic or keloid scarring is also rare but will require specific treatments to reduce the scarring. An altered sense of smell is common after a nose job and resolves after six to eight weeks.
Am I the ideal patient for rhinoplasty surgery?
If you would like to remove a bump, straighten your nose, or improve your nose in another way to achieve an aesthetically balanced nose that is in proportion to your face, rhinoplasty surgery is right for you. Nasal surgery can correct deformities that are congenital, resulting from an injury, or developed in adulthood. You should be realistic as to what can be achieved by rhinoplasty surgery and understand the risks and side effects of this surgery.
What reassurance do I have with rhinoplasty surgery?
At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, we understand that your decision regarding rhinoplasty surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires and to assess your nose accurately before agreeing on a treatment plan that is in your best interest. With our expertise in over 500 rhinoplasties, we can assure you of a very high standard of care. If for any reason you are unsuitable for rhinoplasty surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during, and after your surgery.
What is the cost of rhinoplasty surgery in London?The cost for a nose job in London at our clinic starts from £5100 for reshaping of the nostrils or can start from £6,210 for more complex cases and includes your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quotation following your consultation.
What about the scars following rhinoplasty surgery?
Most cases of primary rhinoplasty surgery do not create any external or visible scar. However, in some cases (commonly following injuries or developmental abnormalities of the nose), an external scar in the columella is necessary, since an open rhinoplasty is being performed. Open rhinoplasty should be reserved for complex tip surgery and revision surgery to the tip of the nose – it should not be used in every rhinoplasty. Occasionally, some noses are too wide, and this requires resection of tissue around the nostrils (alar base resection), resulting in a scar in the groove between the nostril and the cheek.
Can rhinoplasty surgery be performed at the same time as other procedures?Yes, nose reshaping is commonly performed together with other face surgeries such as the facelift, brow lift, and chin augmentation or reduction, as well as breast augmentation or liposuction. What is appropriate and safe for you to combine will depend on your medical health, your goals, and the individual procedures.
What about the results?
The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of rhinoplasty surgery are to restore an aesthetically pleasing nose that is in balance with your facial features – i.e. looks natural and does not appear abnormal. Each nose is individual., and so what is suitable for you will not necessarily be good on another face and vice versa. Remember that it can take up to 12 to 18 months before the final appearance of the nose is achieved.
How long do the results last?The results of nasal surgery are permanent but note that as you age, your nose will change over the years. For example, the tissues around the tip of the nose may become thinner and allow the tip to droop.
Is there an alternative to rhinoplasty surgery?Yes. If rhinoplasty surgery is not appropriate or not desired, non-surgical nose shaping using an injectable product such as Belotero or Radiesse can provide improvement in the shape and symmetry of the nose. For this, a simple treatment will be performed with the help of a local anaesthetic.
Does rhinoplasty surgery require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case or overnight procedure.
How long is the procedure?
Rhinoplasty surgery normally takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
How long is the recovery time?
Mild pain/discomfort is expected for three to five days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after one week, but avoid strenuous exercise/activity for six weeks, including any contact sports, to allow full healing of the nose.
Will packs be used in the nostrils after rhinoplasty surgery?
In the majority of rhinoplasty surgeries, nasal packs (like small tampons) will be inserted into the nostrils at the end of the operation. Packs are utilised to absorb any bleeding after the operation and splint or support the internal part of the nose in the early postoperative period.
In complex nose surgery, e.g. septo-rhinoplasty, the nasal packs may be required for seven days post-operatively. The packs are normally removed before you leave the hospital or at your one-week post-op visit.
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Our patients feel that our surgeons offer the best rhinoplasty London residents can look forward to. If you’d like to book a consultation, please contact us today. We will be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic and functional goals.