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Nose Reshaping, Nose Job

What is rhinoplasty?

It is an operation done to reshape the nose. It may involve reducing or increasing it in size.

Why may someone ask for a rhinoplasty?

It may be to restore the shape of the nose following injury or trauma.

Someone may want to change the natural shape of their nose to one that is more aesthetically pleasing.


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What kind of anaesthetic is used?

Usually a general anaesthetic.

How long is the operation?

One and a half to two hours.

How long will I stay in hospital?

Usually an overnight stay.

How is it performed?

The operation can be performed through incisions within the nose. Through these incisions the skin is lifted up and necessary adjustments to the bone or cartilage are made. Then the incisions in the side of the nose (mucosa) are then closed with absorbable sutures. This is called the closed approach.

The operation can also be performed by lifting the skin up following an incision on the base of the nose. In which case the skin is lifted up as a sleeve, adjustments are again made to the bone and the cartilage and then placed back. Sutures are used to close the skin incision. This second technique is called the open approach. The scars are usually barely perceptible.