Rhinoplasty or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. The aim is to reduce or increase the size of the patient’s nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. Achieving a natural look that is sustainable is the key to an excellent rhinoplasty.

Once the patient has described their preferred shape, your surgeon will evaluate the structure of the patient’s nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of their face, skin thickness and age to ascertain if this is feasible. We do not use computer imaging as projected results can be inaccurate.


The majority of incisions are inside the nose. If only the hump of the nose requires adjustment then an external incision may not be required. However if the nasal tip and related cartilages require alteration then external incisions will be made.

Occasionally additional cartilage or bone is required for the reshaping. Cartilage is usually taken from the ears or ribs and bone from the ribs or hip.


The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day case or with an overnight stay. Patients usually take 1-2 weeks off work during which time a splint is worn down the length of the nose to support the new shape.

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