Nose reshaping is the patient friendly terminology for Rhinoplasty. It is one of the first cosmetic procedures to be performed by surgeons with a history dating back to the First World War. Either a man or a woman can be unhappy with the shape of their nose because of the result of an accident, a birth defect or an ethnic feature. As the most dominant part of the face, a nose which is to large or misshapen can affect a person’s confidence – reshaping can provide renewed self-esteem.

Surgical Plan

  • The Internal Rhinoplasty – most procedures have the incisions inside the nasal cavity, whereby the surgeon can access the bone and cartilage to remove and reshape a bump on the bone and reduce the length of width or the tip. Some patients may require a small implant to be inserted over the bone to create a bridge or into the tip to lift and reshape. Should the nostril need narrowing, a small section of cartilage and skin is removed from the sides leaving a barely noticeable incision mark.
  • The Open Rhinoplasty – For more complicated reshaping the surgeon may recommend an open procedure, accessing the cartilage and bone via a small incision between the base of the nostrils. The scar will fade and be barely perceptible in a short space of time. Where stitches are used they are often dissolving and the post operative management is therefore uncomplicated.


At the completion of the operation the nose will have a small splint over the bridge and a gauze bolster under the nostrils. The gauze is removed the following morning and the splint 5 to 7 days after the operation.


This operation can decrease the overall size of the nose, reduce the width, smooth out a bump, straighten the nose and minimize the nostril. In some cases patients will find their breathing is improved.


The standard risks surrounding surgery of any type also apply to this operation, although they rarely occur. The specific risks include the need for a revision should the aesthetic result fail to please. Swelling may cause unevenness for the short term and numbness which usually resolves itself within 8 weeks.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I choose the shape?

Photo imagery is offered as a guide only, your surgeon will need to work with your existing tissue to reform and suit your face

What is the recovery time?

Normally a day-stay in hospital and one week away from normal duties to recover. The final result, however may take some months to be evident.

What are the costs?

9,000 + hospital & anaesthetic

What is the next step?

Give us all of your questions via live chat, make an appointment for a free consultation or book to see a surgeon.

This information is not intended as medical advice.
Any medical questions should be discussed with your surgeon as part of the decision making process.
Pamela Noon 2018