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Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, is a surgery to change the size or shape of the nose, or change the angle between the nose and top lip. It is also referred to as nose reshaping or nose job.

Snapshot

Cost

£4,500 – £7,000

Longevity

Permanent

Treatment Time

1.5 – 3 Hours

Popularity 0.9 M procedures globally in 2017

Recovery Time

Around 3 Weeks

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  • Cost: £4,500 – £7,000
  • Longevity: Permanent
  • Treatment Time: 1.5 – 3 Hours
  • Popularity: 0.9 M global procedures in 2017
  • Recovery Time: Around 3 Weeks

Everything you need to know about Rhinoplasty

What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, is a surgery to change the size or shape of the nose, or change the angle between the nose and top lip. It is also referred to as nose reshaping or nose job.
Why do people have Rhinoplasty?

There are many reasons people choose to have rhinoplasty: to change the shape, size or angle of the nose, to correct structural problems that are causing breathing problems, or to improve self-image and self-confidence.

How much does it cost?
This treatment is usually cost between £4,500 – £7,000 plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care that may not be included in the price. 

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Because rhinoplasty is an elective cosmetic surgery, you may not be able to get the surgery with NHS. We can help you find financing plans to make the procedure more affordable. 

However, if your surgery is to correct a deviated septum or other structural deformity, it may be covered by insurance and you should check with your plastic surgeon about this possibility.

The starting point is for you to have an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP) who will undertake a full clinical assessment and advise whether you can have surgery at the NHS.

What are the key drivers for Rhinoplasty cost?
Rhinoplasty costs can widely vary depending on the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used, anesthesia, the geographic location and operating room facilities.

Generally, higher surgeon experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.

The cost of the surgery also varies depending on how the surgery is conducted.

Because the open approach is less invasive than closed rhinoplasty, it is generally costlier.

Am I a good candidate?

If you believe your nose is too small or too large for your face, or the shape of your nose is making you conscious, or you have a nasal blockage that is causing breathing problems, then you may want to consider rhinoplasty. However, it is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.

What are my options?
After numbing the area, incision is made to access, and add or remove the bones and cartilage that support the nose. There are two general techniques for making the incisions: open and endonasal.

For an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made outside the nose with a small access incision on the underside, providing better visualisation of the nasal structures and a more direct route for surgical manipulation.

For an endonasal rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nasal passages, providing more limited dissection of nasal tissues and eliminating the visible scarring.

How long does the surgery take?
The surgery usually takes 1.5-3 hours depending on the procedure type and surgical technique used.

Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis, but an overnight stay may be required if your surgery involves correcting breathing problems or is a revision of prior work.

Is Rhinoplasty painful?

Expect some swelling and bruising and possibly some discomfort. Your face will be puffy, and the areas around your nose and eyes will be bruised and swollen after surgery. Your surgeon may recommend cold compresses to help minimise the swelling and reduce pain. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with any pain.

Are there any risks I should look out for?
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Fortunately, significant complications from a rhinoplasty are infrequent. Some risks specific to rhinoplasty are outlined below:

  • Scarring
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Damage in the septum
  • Breathing difficulties.
How do I find a surgeon I can trust for my rhinoplasty?
Choosing your surgeon is a hugely important step. This is THE person who is going to help you achieve the change you want and trusting in their abilities is key. Here are the three top things to consider when making your selection:

Qualifications

Rhinoplasty should be done by a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and should be on the Uk’s General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training.

Experience

Make sure your surgeon is experienced in rhinoplasty. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced surgeon is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.

Connection

You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.

 

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What does the initial consultation entail?
After finding a surgeon who is experienced in performing rhinoplasty, you will need to make an appointment for your consultation.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your goals and medical condition, and evaluate you as a candidate for rhinoplasty. Your plastic surgeon will examine, measure and photograph your nose for your medical record. Please go prepared and ask all your questions.

The session generally lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and at the end of the session your surgeon may recommendation a treatment plan and you may be able to book the surgery. 

Make sure that the consultation you attend is with the Plastic Surgeon. This is to be distinguished with free consultations offered by many places with Nurses or Patient Advisors/ Coordinators whose consultations are actually a pre-consultation before you see a Plastic Surgeon. Generally, because of the in-depth nature of the consultation with a surgeon, there is a cost associated with this initial appointment.

What is a Rhinoplasty Cooling off period?

Rhinoplasty surgery is an important decision. It is essential that you are making the appropriate choice and understand all the implications of the surgery. If you are not offered a cooling-off period of around 2 weeks, or you are put under pressure to proceed, you should walk away and look elsewhere.

Would I be required to do anything prior to the surgery?
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing
  • Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding
  • Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
What is the recovery like?
Your surgeon will give you detailed care instructions, including normal symptoms you will experience, potential signs of complication, and the level and type of activity that is safe. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals, but the below gives a broad idea:

The first week

After surgery you may be asked to wear a nasal splint over your nose and a small triangular bandage beneath the tip of your nose. This will be for support and comfort and to protect from accidental bumps. The splint and all surgical packing will be removed within 5-10 days after surgery. 

Two to six weeks

Most of the swelling and bruising will improve within 10-14 days. You may return back to work depending on how much exertion your job requires. Most normal activities including light exercises can usually be resumed within 3 weeks. You should avoid strenuous exercise, straining, bending, and lifting until cleared to do so by your plastic surgeon.

Long term

Minor swelling on your nose may persist for up to a year but most likely will not be noticeable to others. Depending on your surgeon’s advice you may be required to protect your nose from direct exposure to sunlight for up to six months. Your surgeon will also advise you to wear some special support with your glasses.

How long do the results last?

Rhinoplasty should only be performed on a nose that has finished growing, generally by age 16-17. If performed after development is complete, the results of rhinoplasty are permanent. However, if performed before development is complete, continued growth of the nose can change the outcome of your surgery and cause potential problems and complications.

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