Nose reshaping

Rhinoplasty

Nose reshaping can reduce, enhance or refine the shape and size of your nose, and improve breathing problems

About

If you're unhappy with your nose - whether it's for cosmetic reasons or you've been injured - nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) could help. This surgical procedure can enhance, reduce or refine the shape and size of your nose so you feel more confident. It may also help with breathing problems.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Exactly what happens during your procedure will depend on what you've agreed with your consultant, and what you want to achieve. However, all our nose reshaping operations are carried out under general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. You'll also need to stay in hospital for a night or two. Your surgeon will either make cuts inside your nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the outside of your nose (open rhinoplasty). They'll then reshape, add or remove some of your bone and cartilage (this might include your septum) before closing any cuts with dissolvable stitches.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you, and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll need to have a general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. And you should arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    Your surgeon might have put a splint on your nose. If so, you'll need to keep this in place for about a week. Your nose will more than likely be blocked for about a week. Light nosebleeds are common during this time, too. Bruising and swelling should start to go down after about three weeks. Sleeping propped up on a pillow can help with this. And don't be surprised if your nose feels sore or strange for a few weeks. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. Because the bruising lasts a while, when you go back to work might depend on how comfortable you feel.

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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