Rhinoplasty – restructuring the nose in order to improve its appearance and/or function – is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Most people associate Rhinoplasty with improving the appearance of the nose, but it can also be done to improve the functioning of the nose, which may need doing because of injury or birth defects.
We’re probably all aware of the stories of celebrity “nose jobs.” Done for cosmetic reasons, Rhinoplasty can include lengthening or shortening the nose, straightening, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the nostrils or changing the angle between the tip and the upper lip. But if you’re thinking of having something like this done it’s important to have realistic expectations: chances are that Hollywood isn’t going to come calling the minute your bandages are off!
If you have Rhinoplasty done privately in the UK then it’s probably going to cost in the region of £3,000 to £6,000. The procedure will usually last between one and two hours, and you could be out of action for between a week and a fortnight. You’re probably looking at a total recovery time of 2 to 4 weeks. The operation will be done under either a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic backed up with mild sedation. As with any operation there’ll be a bit of pain afterwards, but this will be controlled with pain medication.
If you’re considering Rhinoplasty then it’s probably wise to have an initial chat with a cosmetic surgeon who specialises in this type of work. If you don’t know one, then your GP should be able to recommend someone.