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The nose is the central feature of the face, so people often feel self-conscious about even quite small defects.
Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure used to reshape, correct or reconstruct the nose. Our surgeons use this procedure to create a nose that looks natural and in harmony with the rest of your features. Changes in the shape of a nose usually have an overall positive effect on all the other facial features.
On this page, we will look at:
- What is rhinoplasty?
- What rhinoplasty surgery involves
- Why you should choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your nose correction surgery
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic procedure that can address issues present from birth or resulting from an injury or previous surgery.
Our surgeons use their expertise to change the size and shape of the nose. They can enhance the shape of the tip of the nose, remove bumps from the bridge, and improve the shape of the nostrils and the angle between the nose and the upper lip or brow.
Rhinoplasty can also be used to restore the function of the nose.
What rhinoplasty surgery involves
Rhinoplasty can be carried out in two ways. Open rhinoplasty accesses the structures of the nose via an incision, most commonly beneath the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty uses incisions inside the nose. You will discuss these options with your surgeon at your pre-operative consultation. After examining your nose, your surgeon can advise which approach is better for you.
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your rhinoplasty?
We offer world-class surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within eight weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that any surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you and providing you with as much information as possible, we can make you feel confident about your procedure.
The facility’s unique design allows for only three bespoke overnight stay rooms, so you are guaranteed privacy and individual care when you recover after your surgery. You can even make arrangements to book the whole facility to ensure complete privacy.
After surgery, you will be cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our comfortable in-patient ward. Our excellent aftercare and calm, safe surroundings makes for quicker healing.
We can accommodate any requirements that you may have regarding security or religious and cultural practices. For example, we can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if that would make you feel more comfortable.
If your relatives or friends accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.
Frequently asked questions
There are always risks with any surgery, and part of your discussion with your surgeon will be whether this procedure’s benefit outweighs the intervention’s risk.
Rest assured that complications with rhinoplasty are rare. Choosing a premium provider like North Bristol Private Hospital minimises these risks further.
We will provide you with full details of all the possible complications and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultation.
You may find that the post-operative bruising and swelling worsen during the first couple of days. Sleeping elevated on pillows for the first week should help this to subside, and the bruising should have faded after a couple of weeks. It is usual for your nose to be temporarily numb after surgery. Your splint will be removed after a week, and you can resume normal activities. However, caution is still required for some months after surgery as your nasal bone continues to heal. It would help if you avoided vigorous activities or contact sports for four to six months. A bump to the nose could undo the surgeon’s careful work in a moment.
If you are considering surgery, you should be in good general health and preferably have given up smoking.
Most patients are between the ages of 18 and 50 years old. Our surgeons counsel many young patients to wait before having a rhinoplasty as the face needs to have matured before surgery, which can take into the twenties.
You will be fully informed about the surgery and must be realistic about what surgery can achieve.
Although rhinoplasty dramatically affects appearance, it leaves little scarring. The incisions for the closed rhinoplasty are entirely within the nose. While the incisions made during the open rhinoplasty are in the columella, the central partition of the nose, they are small and will fade over time.
You may find that your breathing is affected for a while after surgery but will start to improve after the first week and will be fully restored after four to eight weeks.