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Marina Plastic Surgery

Private Service, Plastic Surgery

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Surgery can be carried out to improve the appearance of your nose e.g. straightening it if it’s crooked or increasing or decreasing its size.

Small cuts (incisions) are made either on the inside (usually) or outside of the nose (across the central part, the columella). Excess bone and/or cartilage is removed and the nose reshaped.
The surgery takes about 2.5 hours for a cosmetic operation and up to 3.5 hours for a post traumatic reconstructive procedure and is performed under general anaesthetic (you sleep through it). If you have any obstructive airway symptoms due to a buckled septum or enlarged turbinates it is best to fix these at the same time. We assess this at the time of consultation.
You may be able to go home the same day following a simple nose tip operation but after major bone surgery we prefer you to stay in hospital overnight. You will need to arrange for another person to drive you home.
Your nose will be covered with a splint that you will have to wear for about 1 week. Internal soft packing is used after septoplasty work. This is removed the next day.
It will take about two weeks for the 'blackeyes' to go and six weeks for the worst of the swelling to disappear. The nose tip can have numbness(which makes the nose feel bigger than it really is) and minor residual swelling for 6-12 months.

This page was last updated at 3:26PM on September 13, 2021.