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Nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

Surgery to reshape the nose is a very common plastic surgery procedure and it can both increase or decrease the size of nose. The shape of the tip, the bridge and also the nostrils can be changed, as can the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Sometimes breathing difficulties can be corrected at the same time.

The nose is the central feature of the face, many people are self-conscious of shape which they may regard as too big, too small or have some other feature which they dislike. The characteristics of the nose are inherited from parents and develop during adolescent years. It continues until the age of 16, when the nose stops growing. It is, therefore, not recommended to operate before this age.


Key facts:

  • Reduces the size of the framework of the nose
  • Narrows the width of the nose and removes the “ridge”
  • Can be some bruising and swelling after surgery, including 'black-eyes'
  • Takes up to three months to fully recover
  • May be limitations in older people
  • May not be fully straight after surgery
  • Can only take place under general anaesthetic
  • Heavy nosebleeds after surgery are possible