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Rhinoplasty – Nose Reshaping

Nose reshaping, known as Rhinoplasty, is one of the longest established and most commonly requested cosmetic procedure. It is popular with men and women aged over 18 years.

This operation alters the size and/or shape of the nose to create a new profile and bring it into proportion with the rest of the facial contours. As well as being requested for cosmetic reasons, it can also be used to correct breathing issues and to help alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnoea.

We are proud to have at our clinic some of the most experienced Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the UK, specialised in nose jobs.


Nose reshaping is for anyone who feels that their nose is out of proportion to other facial features, common problems include:

  • A bump on the nose
  • Particularly flared nostrils
  • Previous injury to the nose making it bumpy or out of shape
  • Nose appearing to large for the face- too wide or long
  • The tip of the nose drooping

As a day case surgery or overnight stay at the hospital, the operation takes about an hour, depending on the complexity of the procedure. It is carried out through incisions made inside the nose, which leave no visible scars. In some cases, where the width or flare of the nostrils is being reduced, small outside incisions are used. In these cases the incisions will be made where possible in natural crease lines of the nose to conceal scarring.

The procedure involves removing, shifting or altering the underlying bone and cartilaginous structure. If the nose has a prominent hump, bone and cartilage can be removed to reduce the size of the nose. If the nose is too wide it can be narrowed, or if it is bent to one side it can be straightened.

The modification of the nose could concern part or all of the elements of the infrastructure; the point of the nose, the nostrils, the bridge of the nose and the nasal septum. The modification of one of these elements can often lead to the change of another. When this occurs the entire visual perception of the nose is greatly improved with only a relatively minor adjustment.

There are variations on standard Rhinoplasty such as a Septo Rhinoplasty. This is when the internal bone (septum) is deviated; often leading to an obstruction to breathing and this can be corrected at the same time as altering the shape. If the nose has a bulbous tip and only cartilage needs removing there is a lesser procedure known as a Rhino Tip.

A good candidate for nose surgery can be anyone who is unhappy with their noses either from birth, injury or as a result of aging. If you are dissatisfied with your nose appearance, for example it is too large compared to other parts of your face, too wide when looking at it in a front view, there is a bump along the bridge of the nose, the nose is too small, crooked or too flat, you are having sinus or other breathing problems – then you are a potential candidate. Rhinoplasty patient often improve the overall harmony of their faces, as well as how the particular area looks like.

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