A nose job aims to reshape or resize the nose. This can be for aesthetic reasons or to help with breathing problems.
What Is A Nose Job?
A nose job is an increasingly common procedure to change the appearance of the nose. This could be through nostril reshaping, removing a bump on the bridge or giving the tip a ‘pinched’ look. Many people who undergo a nose job are looking to alter their nose for aesthetic reasons, but there are others who experience breathing problems that can be helped with surgery.
You’ll have a consultation to discuss your surgery expectations. It’s important that you’re as transparent as possible at this stage so we can establish the best course of action. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. Follow these guidelines before surgery:
- Stop smoking 6 weeks before surgery
- Don’t take any aspirin
- Avoid taking herbal supplements or anti-inflammatories
After the procedure, it’s advised you take up to two weeks off work to recover. You should also arrange for a friend or relative to collect you from the hospital.
What Happens During The Procedure?
A nose job procedure lasts between 1 to 2 hours and is often performed under local anaesthetic. There are two types of rhinoplasty available depending on the patient’s desired look: open and closed. A ‘closed’ nose job is when a surgeon is able to perform the surgery through the nostrils only. In comparison, for an ‘open’ nose job the surgeon will need to make a small incision.
The nature of the nose job Manchester clinics often perform is entirely based on what part of the nose is of concern. The following techniques are used for each type of procedure:
During this nostril reshaping surgery, the surgeon will be focusing on moving or reshaping the cartilage that supports the tip of your nose. This is always done through open rhinoplasty, whereby the surgeon cuts the small area between your nostrils (the columella).
The bridge of the nose is a common area of concern for those wanting nose surgery, as there can often be a protruding bump. To remove this, an incision is made to remove the bone and cartilage causing the bump. In some cases, the nose may need to be broken and repositioned to create a straight, defined appearance.
To reduce the length of the nose, the central structure (septum) is moved back. This will reduce the tip, making the nose look shorter. Your tip cartilage may also need to be adjusted.
To alter the width of your nose, the surgeon will need to break and reposition the nasal bone to achieve a narrower nose.
Nostril Reshaping Aftercare
You’ll leave the surgery with bandages over your nose and a splint to keep it in place. Initially, you might experience some discomfort and pain, for which you can take painkillers. It’s also strongly advised that you:
- Avoid driving after the operation
- Prop your head up with pillows
- Avoid hot baths
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Don’t blow your nose
A week after your surgery, your progress will be reviewed in the dressings clinic to ensure you’re healing well. Your splint may also be removed at this stage.
Potential Risks And Complications
Many plastic surgery operations are performed without any problems, however, every procedure comes with its own risks and complications. Some common complaints from patients include:
- A blocked nose
- Bruising and tenderness
There are also some extremely rare risks, such as:
- An altered sense of smell
- Damage to the cartilage wall
- Heavy nosebleeds
- Permanent breathing problems
All potential risks and complications will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Who Is It Suitable For?
A nose job is beneficial for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose. The ideal candidates are those without a significant medical history and with realistic surgery expectations.
Who Is It Not Suitable For?
It’s highly recommended that those who are looking to have nose surgery before the age 16 should avoid this procedure as the nose will still be growing at this point. Also, anyone who feels pressured by others to alter their appearance or has unrealistic surgery expectations should avoid this.
How Much Does A Nose Job In Manchester Cost?
The cost of a nose job can vary depending on what is required. Every patient will be provided with a full quote that includes the costs for the surgeon, anaesthetic and hospital fees.
How Long Will It Take For The Scars To Heal?
Closed rhinoplasty can be completed with no scars as the procedure is performed through the nostrils. The open nose job Manchester surgeons may perform, however, will leave the patient with a small scar which will fade over time. It will take 4 – 6 weeks for your nose to heal, and a few months for the scars to begin to fade.
Will A Nostril Reshaping Help My Breathing?
In some cases, yes, nostril reshaping can help a patient’s breathing. Many patients have also benefited from a nose job to help their snoring.
When Will I See The Results?
You should start to see the final results of your new nose about 6 months post-surgery once the swelling and bruising has gone down.