Rhinoplasty London and Chelmsford

Leading rhinoplasty service in Harley Street, London and Chelmsford, Essex. Our skilled and experienced surgeons will help you achieve your perfect nose.

Rhinoplasty London and Chelmsford

If you feel self-conscious about the shape or size of your nose, a rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) may be the solution. 

A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the size, shape and symmetry of your nose, creating a more balanced appearance. For many, rhinoplasty surgery is a great option, enhancing natural beauty, boosting self-esteem and reducing feelings of self-consciousness. 

Book a rhinoplasty consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons to find out if this is the right option for you.


What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (commonly known as a nose job) is a type of surgery to reshape the nose. It is one of the most popular types of plastic surgery in the UK.

Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to change the size, shape or angle of the nose, or straighten the nose.

What is a rhinoplasty?

Types of rhinoplasty we offer

There are two main types of rhinoplasty we offer: closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty.

Closed rhinoplasty: This is when an incision is made inside both nostrils and reshaping is done inside the nose. This leaves no visible external scars and is usually used for patients wanting to reshape the nasal tip, or minor corrections.

Open rhinoplasty: Open rhinoplasty involves an incision along the width of the columella (the column of tissue between your nostrils). This helps to provide greater visibility and enhanced precision. Rhinoplasty cases such as correction of surgical errors, as well as more significant reshaping procedures will often require open surgery. 

The technique your surgeon will use will depend on your goals for your rhinoplasty, and the areas you wish to change.

Types of rhinoplasty we offer

What happens during a rhinoplasty?

Before your surgery

In preparing for your surgery, you will need to fast for 6 hours prior to the procedure. You may drink small sips of clear fluid such as water and black tea or coffee up to 2 hours beforehand. Further preparation advice will be provided by your surgeon once you have decided you are going ahead with the procedure.


During your surgery

Your surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic, and can be done as a day case or with an overnight stay. 

Rhinoplasty surgery is done by cutting a small incision either inside the nostrils or across the column between your nostrils, and reshaping the nose from within. Depending on your area of concern, this can happen in a number of ways.

For example, to change the shape of the nose ridge, your surgeon will remove any cartilage or bone that creates a humped appearance. To change the length of your nose, your surgeon will adjust the cartilage at the tip of the nose.

Incisions inside the nostrils are closed up with dissolvable stitches. For stitches in the nose during open surgery, these will need removing 1 week later. Your nose will be placed in a splint.


After your surgery

Depending on your surgery, you may need nasal packs in the nose overnight. In the weeks following your surgery, your nose might feel stiff, numb and blocked, and you will need to breathe through your mouth for about a week. It is also common to experience soreness, swelling and bruising on your face, which can last up to 3 weeks. 

Many rhinoplasty patients take up to 2 weeks off work for recovery. After a week, your stitches can be removed and your splint can come off. You will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. 

It is important to understand that it might take several months to see the full effect of the surgery, and for the swelling to go down completely. 

Our rhinoplasty surgeons

Mr Fateh Ahmad

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Mr Jonathan Britto

Specialty: Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery and specialist in Twilight Sedation

Mr Nigel Carver

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Mr Matthew Griffiths

Specialty: Cosmetic Surgery

Is rhinoplasty surgery safe?

Yes, rhinoplasty is generally a very safe procedure, and most patients experience little to no complications. However, all surgery comes with risk, so it is important to know what these are. 

Rhinoplasty risks:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Infection
  • Scarring 
  • Sore throat
  • Changes to the sensation in your nose
  • Bleeding
  • Minor irregularities that may require revision surgery

Your surgeon will go into greater detail about the possible risks of rhinoplasty surgery to ensure you are fully prepared and informed.

Is rhinoplasty surgery safe?

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