Rhinoplasty surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure to change the appearance of your nose. As such a prominent part of our face, feeling self-conscious about the shape or size of our nose can be a real confidence killer. Thankfully, rhinoplasty surgery, often referred to as a nose job, provides a relatively straightforward solution. Although the phenomenon of the nose job has a long history, the popularity of this treatment has increased recently.
But, this can make it tricky when it comes to choosing the perfect clinic and surgeon. That’s why Qunomedical is here to help. We’ll work with you to find the ideal doctor, based on criteria that matter to you, as well as providing you with all the information you need to know before heading off for your rhinoplasty surgery.
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Diagram showing the rhinoplasty procedure.
Diagram showing the rhinoplasty procedure.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Those looking to change the appearance (e.g. tip shape, bridge size, or slope) of their nose.
Those who are looking to correct the shape of their nose following an accident such as a broken nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery is most effective if facial growth is complete.
A nose job typically takes between 2–3 hours.
For rhinoplasty abroad, patients are generally required to stay in hospital 1–2 nights, followed by a minimum of around four days in a hotel before travelling home.
Normal daily activities can be resumed 5–7 days after your treatment.
Within 7–14 days the majority of the bruising and swelling should reduce.
The majority of the healing should clear up 4–6 weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery, with subtle changes noticeable for up to one year.
Success is often dependent on several external factors such as quality of your nasal tissue, cartilage and bone, the healing process, and your own goals and expectations going into the treatment.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Scarring at the base of the nose
Under or overcorrection, which can result in the need for a revision rhinoplasty
Before / After Photos
How Much Is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty prices vary depending on the specific procedure, clinic, and location in which the surgery takes place. A cheap rhinoplasty doesn’t necessarily have to mean a reduction in quality. Therefore, it’s important to consider all options before booking your treatment. Your Qunomedical Patient Manager will be happy to assist you with this.
Below, we’ve laid out an overview of the starting prices for rhinoplasty surgery in a number of different locations in Qunomedical-approved clinics. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary from patient to patient depending on individual circumstances. For more detailed information on rhinoplasty costs and the factors which affect them, check out our rhinoplasty cost guide.
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What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Essentially, rhinoplasty procedures aim to alter the shape of your nose. While this is often performed for cosmetic reasons, nose jobs can also be undertaken for medical reasons, such as to correct breathing problems. Depending on the reasons and goals behind the rhinoplasty, the treatment typically involves restructuring, reshaping, or a reduction in overall size.
What Are the Different Rhinoplasty Procedures Available?
Once you’ve decided to pursue a rhinoplasty, it’s important to spend time with your doctor to plan the treatment and decide which technique is right for you. There are a variety of different types of rhinoplasty procedures which are suitable, depending on the reasons and goals for your treatment.
Planning Your Rhinoplasty Surgery: Open vs. Closed
When it comes to planning your treatment, you may have the option of undergoing either an open or closed rhinoplasty. These are two different surgical approaches, each of which have their own benefits and drawbacks.
The open rhinoplasty technique involves creating incisions around the base of the nose and lifting the skin. This gives the surgeon a better view of the areas to be worked on and allows for more precision when carrying out the surgery. This can be especially useful during a refinement rhinoplasty, as the surgeon has clearer and easier access to the nasal tip.
Open rhinoplasty is often used in cases where more significant re-shaping or re-structuring is required. However, the procedure is more invasive than a closed rhinoplasty and usually results in more swelling and a longer recovery period.
A new open rhinoplasty technique, known as ultrasonic rhinoplasty, is also an alternative option to consider. This innovative method uses ultrasonic waves to allow the surgeon to make more precise adjustments to the nose. Not only this, but an ultrasonic rhinoplasty also allows the surgeon to be more delicate and accurate when it comes to scraping, re-shaping, or smoothing the bone. This technique is becoming increasingly common, with rhinoplasty specialists such as Dr. Mehmet Çiçek, MD, offering the treatment at the world-renowned Memorial Bahçelievler hospital in Istanbul.
During a closed rhinoplasty, no incisions are made outside of the nose. Rather, this method involves accessing the areas that are to be worked on through the nostrils, with the incisions made within the nose. This technique tends to work more effectively in cases where only minor revisions or corrections are required.
One of the big advantages of closed rhinoplasty is that it leaves no visible scarring since the incisions are made within the nostrils. In most cases, it also leaves less swelling and bruising, meaning that the recovery time following the procedure tends to be shorter.
Combining Rhinoplasty With Other Treatments
Rhinoplasty can also be combined with other nose-related surgeries when necessary. Below, we’ve outlined the most common ones in more detail.
Alar Base Reduction (Alarplasty)
How Does a Nose Job Work?
Since there are so many types of rhinoplasty, each with their different goals and predicted outcomes, the process varies widely. However, there are certain steps that are common to all rhinoplasty surgeries.
1. Preparing for Surgery
Before beginning rhinoplasty surgery, your surgical team will prepare you for the treatment. Depending on the specific procedure, you’ll be given anaesthesia using one of two methods.
General anaesthesia: This is typically administered using a mask or through intravenous therapy (commonly referred to as IV, in which the general anaesthesia is delivered directly into the veins). This method puts patients to sleep.
IV sedation: This method involves your surgeon numbing a specific part of your face using local anaesthesia. Here, you may experience what’s known as ‘twilight sleep’, in which you’re not completely asleep and you’re likely to remember little, if anything, about the surgery.
Your surgical team will work with you to decide which method is best for you. Both techniques aim to eliminate any pain or discomfort during the procedure, however, for some patients it’s more comforting to be completely asleep for their rhinoplasty surgery.
2. Making the Incisions
Once you’re comfortable and the anaesthesia has been administered, your surgeon can begin your procedure. To start with, they will create tiny incisions inside the nostrils or on the columella (the area between the two nostrils). They then carefully lift the skin to access the underlying bone and cartilage.
3. Reshaping and Restructuring
Once the incisions have been made, your surgeon can then access the area of the nose that needs to be adjusted. If the aim of your nose job is reshaping, then your surgeon will remove or graft tissues, as needed. If the goal is to correct a deviated septum, whether it be for cosmetic or medical reasons, the septum will be cut and straightened out. When the reshaping process is complete, your surgical team will lay the skin back down over the new contours of the nose and close the incisions.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Recovery from a nose job can take a few weeks, so we’d advise you to take at least one week off work to give yourself time to rest and recover. It’s also important to think of the small details following your treatment too. For instance, if possible, have someone pick you up from the hospital or take a taxi, rather than driving yourself. Bear in mind too that simple tasks like chewing may be painful or uncomfortable in the first few days following your treatment, so be patient and take things slowly. Don’t forget that your Qunomedical Patient Manager is there for you throughout your treatment journey - including the recovery stage. If there’s anything you're worried about during this time, don’t hesitate to get in touch via email, phone, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger.
Post-Op Recovery: Week One
The first week following your rhinoplasty procedure is likely when you’re feeling the most uncomfortable, so be patient during this time and take things slowly. During this first week, you may have to wear a cast on your nose with a piece of gauze taped underneath to catch any excess fluid or blood. It's likely that you'll feel sore and congested, with light discomfort from swelling, especially during the first three days. You may also see dark bruising around your nose.
Post-Op Recovery: Week Two
During week two of your recovery, it’s likely that you’ll have your cast, gauze tape, or similar removed. During this time you can expect to see the dissolvable sutures in your nose start to disappear and improvements or the complete disappearance of your bruising/swelling. The size of the incision may also begin to reduce during this time and you should be able to return to most normal, light activities.
Post-Op Recovery: Week Three
Three weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery is the point at which most patients are through the worst part of the recovery phase. During this period some of the positive results should begin to show and a reduction in swelling to may begin to reveal subtle changes in your nose. You should also be able to resume normal activities, including most forms of exercise.
Post-Op Recovery: Week Four and Beyond
By week four, the majority of swelling should have reduced, with most cases experiencing an 85% reduction in swelling by month three and 95% by month six. However, the full results of your rhinoplasty procedure can take up to a year to show.
For a real insight into a real patient’s rhinoplasty journey, check out our Quno Patient Story: Fereba's Rhinoplasty in Turkey.
Popular Clinics and Doctors
Interested in finding out about popular rhinoplasty surgery clinics and the people involved? Check out our worldwide list of rhinoplasty doctors to find information on a range of the most popular ones among our past patients. Find out about a doctors qualifications, experience, accreditations, their reviews from past patients, and compare prices. Dr. Patrik Paulis, MD for example, is a leading plastic surgeon in the Czech Republic. He has over 21 years experience in a variety of plastic surgery treatments, can speak four languages, and has even treated some well-known names such as Madonna and Shakira.
Why Choose Qunomedical?
At Qunomedical, we believe that high-quality, affordable healthcare should be easily and readily accessible to all. That’s why we provide a patient first service that includes a 100% free, non-binding assessment. From providing some information on rhinoplasty surgery to assisting patients with booking their treatments, we’re here to help! Once in contact with us, a Patient Manager will be with you throughout your treatment journey to ensure that you find the best care possible. At home or abroad, all of our physicians are professionally and thoroughly vetted, allowing you to choose from the best doctors worldwide.
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Rachel L. , Israel
July 02, 2020
I am very grateful to this young but infinitely great doctor!
I am very grateful to this young but infinitely great doctor! I underwent a rhinoplasty that pained me for a very long time, although the recovery period was somewhat uncomfortable painful, but the surgery was done perfectly! ❤️
Heather M., Lithuania
July 02, 2020
Really knows what he's doing!
This Doctor is a real miracle! Really knows what he's doing! I wish him the best of luck and health!
Michael L., United Kingdom
July 02, 2020
Particularly caring doctor
It is a particularly caring, professional Ear-Nose-Throat doctor, able to communicate sincerely, explain the course of treatment in detail.
Susan S., United Kingdom
July 01, 2020
Thank you for your special care
I would very much like to thank doctor Gylys. For his heartfelt work, for a great understanding of the patient's condition, human help in a difficult hour, this man listened to me! THANK YOU, thank you for your special care, thank you for your positive emotions and support!
Petra M., United Kingdom
July 01, 2020
A warm, kind and polite person
I am very grateful to Dr. G. Gylys for the treatment, sincere communication and the operation performed. He is a warm, kind and polite person. I wish him the best of luck in life!
Stephanie W. , Germany
July 01, 2020
I highly recommend this young but great professional.
Doctor Tomas Jakštas performed nasal septal surgery. There were no complications, recovery on time. I was pleasantly surprised by the care I received after the surgery. I was repeatedly invited for inspections as a healer, how I feel, and all the necessary help and information was provided. Communication is extremely pleasant and polite. I highly recommend this young but great professional.
Michael S., United Kingdom
July 01, 2020
Very grateful to this doctor :)
Great doctor! He operated on a crooked nasal septum. Carefully supervised the entire period after the operation. He also caught the collapsing after the swabs were removed :D, which by the way was not as scary as the other patients said. After returning home, I visited again to pull out the last stitches. The nose looks and works great, no complications, I ended up with a constant runny nose, no more sinusitis for a month, no need to take steroids. I easily withstood the first cold. Very gratefu... Show more
Lynn, United Kingdom
June 03, 2020
I googled “Best surgeons in Europe” and Dr. Tončić came up
I chose to come to Croatia as opposed to the UK not only because of the price but because of the quality of the surgeons. I did quite a bit of research. I googled “Best surgeons in Europe” and Dr. Tončić came up and I looked on the website of the clinic and did a bit more of research as well, looked at the pro’s and con’s and the aftercare I would be provided, as opposed to that in the UK, was far superior. The process has been really smooth and easy, everyone’s been very helpful and I’d recomme... Show more
Barbara, United Kingdom
June 03, 2020
I finally got my nose fixed and I am super happy about it!
When I came to Zagreb and met the doctor for the first time, I wasn’t scared anymore of the treatment as the doctor gave me detailed information of the procedure and answered all of my questions. The operation was really painless! Though I was only under local anaesthesia, I felt nothing! I am very satisfied with the results of the operation, my nose looks exactly how it looked before I broke it so many times! I’m very happy that I selected Dr. Toncic! I have been in good hands with him.
June 03, 2020
I am very satisfied with the results of rhinoplasty, done by Dr. Toncic!
I am very happy by the fact that I had no swelling or bruising – I must say I was a bit afraid before the surgery. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia so I was not in pain at all. The recovery was smooth and painless. After a week I was quite well recovered – the first 2-3 days of the recovery were a bit uneasy because of the tampons that restricts you from breathing through your nose, but after they are removed, it's all perfectly fine and normal again. The change is more than evi... Show more