The cost of nose reshaping in the UK ranges from £4,500 to £7,000. You should also factor in the cost of any consultations, further surgery or follow-up care that may be needed.
If you’re looking in England, check the Care Quality Commission (CQC)website for treatment centres that can perform a rhinoplasty. All independent clinics and hospitals that provide cosmetic surgery in England must be registered with the CQC, which publishes inspection reports and performance ratings to help people choose care.
You should also research the surgeon who is going to carry out the rhinoplasty. All doctors must, as a minimum, be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Check the register to see the doctor’s fitness to practise history. You may also want to find out:
Nose reshaping is usually carried out under general anaesthetic.
The surgeon may do any of the following:
The skin over the nose should just shrink or expand to its new shape.
The operation involves either making one cut across the skin between the nostrils (“open rhinoplasty”), or tiny cuts inside the nostrils (“closed rhinoplasty”).
A closed rhinoplasty leaves no visible scars and causes less swelling, but isn’t always possible or available.
Either way, the procedure can take from an hour and a half to three hours. Most people would need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.
You’d probably leave hospital with dressings (“packs”) in each nostril, and a splint held over your nose with tape. You wouldn’t be able to breathe through your nose.
Painkillers would be given to control any mild pain.
You may need to take up to two weeks off work to recover.
It might be several months before you see the full effect of the nose operation, and up to six months for all of the swelling to completely go.
You wouldn’t be able to drive for a few days after the operation – your surgeon would advise about this.
After about a week: Stitches would be removed (unless you had dissolvable stitches). The splint may be able to come off.
At three weeks: Bruises, swelling and redness may have faded. You may be able to swim.
At four to six weeks: You may be able to resume contact sports.
You’d probably be advised to:
It’s common after nose reshaping to have:
Nose reshaping surgery can occasionally result in:
Any type of operation also carries a small risk of:
The surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if they occurred.
Occasionally, patients find the desired effect wasn’t achieved and feel they need another operation.
Cosmetic surgery can sometimes go wrong and the results may not be what you expected.
You should contact the clinic where the operation was carried out as soon as possible if you have severe pain or any unexpected symptoms.
If you have a rhinoplasty and are not happy with the results, or you think the procedure wasn’t carried out properly, you should take up the matter with your surgeon through the hospital or clinic where you were treated.
If you have concerns about your care, you should contact the CQC.