Nose reshaping is often commonly referred to as a "nose job" and is more properly known as Rhinoplasty. The purpose is to reshape the nose, usually to make it smaller although it can also mean making it larger or simply changing the shape.
The usual nose reshaping procedure involves making an incision under the nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage to sculpt the nose although sometimes the incision may need to be made under the tip of the nose for better access.
Who is it for?
There are various reasons why someone may consider nose reshaping. It may be considered by someone who is not happy about the natural size or shape of their nose. It can also be effective to restore or improve a nose has been damaged through injury.
A consultation regarding the risks and limitations of surgery will help you to choose a procedure that will meet with your expectations.
The nose reshaping operation is performed under general anaethesia although it can sometimes be under local anaesthetic combined with a sedative.
The operative time and your length of stay in hospital will be determined by the extent of surgery as discussed at the initial consultation although the operation usualy takes up to two hours and a stay of 1-2 days in hospital is expected.
Following nose reshaping surgery there may be some bleeding and swelling for a few weeks. Dressings may need to remain in place for 1-2 weeks depending on the extent of the procedure and the recovery rate of the patient.
You will be required to take around 1-2 weeks off work and strenuous activity must be avoided for 2-3 weeks.