Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can reshape the nose in order to enhance its appearance. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can alter the size or shape of the nose in order to achieve a more symmetrical, balanced or aesthetically pleasing appearance. The procedure can be performed by an experienced surgeon at the ENT clinic in London. The ENT doctor will also be able to advise on what the procedure can achieve and whether rhinoplasty is a suitable treatment option. Talking to an expert is the best way to determine whether cosmetic rhinoplasty is the right choice.

Why is it Performed?

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is performed in order to improve the appearance of the nose. Having any form of cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision that requires careful consideration after discussing the procedure with an experienced doctor. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can have a big impact on a patient’s emotional state and wellbeing. The procedure can help to raise self-esteem and confidence. It can also free patients from worry or embarrassment over the appearance of their nose. The procedure can be used to correct the nose in several different ways. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can:

  • Reduce the size of the nose by removing bone and cartilage
  • Augment or increase the size of the nose by adding grafts from other parts of the body
  • Alter the shape of the nose or nostrils by rearranging the bone and cartilage
  • Change the angle between the nose and the upper lip by reshaping the cartilage

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed under a general anaesthetic. The exact procedure will depend on the specific changes that the patient desires, but the operation will follow the same basic process. Incisions will be made inside the nostrils or on the skin between the nostrils. The surgeon will then add, remove or reshape the bone and cartilage of the nose. Bone and cartilage will often need to be removed in order to straighten, reshape or reduce the size of the nose.

Grafts of bone or cartilage may be added from other parts of the nose or body where extra volume is needed in order to alter the shape or size of the nose. The cartilage in the nose can also be straightened or reshaped in order to achieve the desired effects. The entire procedure can take up to three hours, depending on how much work needs to be done.

Risks and Recovery

Most patients will need to take at least two weeks off to rest and recover from rhinoplasty. The nose may be protected with a splint, dressings and packing in the nostrils for about a week. Some bruising, swelling and redness will be visible for up to three weeks and it can be up to six months before the final results are visible. Other temporary side effects that can occur after rhinoplasty include light nosebleeds, numbness, and a blocked nose. More serious complications of rhinoplasty are rare, but there is a small risk of breathing problems, damage to the cartilage between the nostrils, changes to the sense of smell or problems relating to the surgery such as infection, bleeding or allergic reactions. The risks and benefits of the procedure will be explained in detail during the initial consultation with the ENT specialist at the clinic in London. The doctor will also provide personalised advice on how the procedure will be performed, what changes can be made to the nose and what kind of results can be expected.

Make an appointment at the Harley Street ENT Clinic to find out more about cosmetic rhinoplasty and get personalised advice on whether the procedure is right for you.

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