Some individuals are unhappy about the size of their nose, others dislike the general shape or projection, a specific bump or a wide tip. Being bothered about your nose can affect self-confidence and make people conscious of their appearance in photographs.

It is vital that both the patient and surgeon have a good understanding of the specific areas of concern and a realistic idea of expectations. The shape of the tip, the bridge and the nostrils can be changed, as can the angle between the nose and the upper lip.

A rhinoplasty is either performed through an open approach or a closed technique. In an open approach, a small scar is left on the skin under the nose. In a closed approach, the scars are hidden (inside the nose).

Sometimes breathing difficulties can be improved at the same time (see below).


The operation and post-op information

Surgery is under a general anaesthetic. It takes around one and a half hours and usually involves an overnight stay. A small splint is placed on the nose for seven days and is removed at the follow-up appointment.

You can shower after one week. You should be able to speak and eat normally, but your sense of smell and taste may be affected for around a week after the procedure.

The degree of swelling and bruising varies between individuals, but generally settles down after two to three weeks.


Correcting breathing problems

For the last 12 years, Prof Devaraj has performed rhinoplasties alongside an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, so any corrections to improve the patient’s breathing can be carried out at the same time. This can be further discussed during your consultation.


Click here to read more about rhinoplasty procedures on the BAPRAS website.