Nose Reshaping

Our faces are the first things people notice when they look at us, so feeling unhappy about a facial feature can be a detrimental to somebody’s confidence. It can be particularly difficult when people feel embarrassed by the size or shape of their nose.

If you feel like you want to change the profile of your nose, you’re not alone. In fact, rhinoplasty, or a ‘nose job,’ is the most common type of cosmetic surgery among both women and men.

Rhinoplasty can help you to regain confidence in your appearance, whether you want to:

  • Stop feeling uncomfortable when people look at you
  • Correct the profile of your nose following an accident or deformity
  • Relieve any troubles with breathing

During nose surgery, the bone and cartilage is moved, reshaped or removed in order to achieve the desired shape or size. Many patients require a smaller profile, though some procedures are carried out to increase the size of the nose too. The end result is a nose that is more in proportion to the patient’s other facial features.

Nose Reshaping FAQs

What will I gain from having nose surgery?

We expect you will be happy with the results of your surgery. Nevertheless, it is important that you are realistic about what can be achieved. Some patients want to change the bridge in their nose, while others want to reduce the size of their nostrils. A discussion with your consultant will help you to understand what can be achieved through having a rhinoplasty.

What does the procedure involve?

You will be given general anaesthetic for the procedure. During surgery, an incision will be made inside the nose. This will enable surgeons to separate tissue from the underlying structure so the bones can be moved and restructured. Sometimes, a new nose profile is built using cartilage from other areas of the body.

After the nose has been shaped into the desired profile, the tissue and skin is placed back over the structure. If patients require their nostrils to be reshaped, incisions are made in the natural creases between the nose and cheek. This type of procedure generally requires an overnight stay in hospital.

How long will it take for me to recover?

After surgery, you will have to wear a small plaster dressing (splint) for approximately 7 days. This will help to support the bones while they become accustomed to their new location. Once this dressing is removed, applying a cold compress on your nose can help to limit swelling.

The swelling and bruising tends to ease after 10-14 days, and most people find that they are able to return to work after one week. It’s important to remember that the real results of nose surgery may only be seen once the nose has completely healed, which could take up to 6 months.

Will I have scars?

You will have no visible scars, unless you have had the size of your nostrils reduced and in that case, the scars will disappear over time. If you have had your bones reset, you may experience significant bruising or black eyes after your procedure. It is extremely important that you do not put any pressure on your nose until it has fully healed.

Will the procedure be painful?

The procedure itself will not be painful as you will be put under general anaesthetic. However, following the procedure you may feel a little sore, but you will be prescribed medication to help you deal with any feelings of discomfort. Patients are usually surprised by how little pain they feel after their nose surgery.


This page is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.