Rhinoplasty surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure to change the appearance of your nose. While this is often performed for cosmetic reasons — especially among celebrities — nose jobs can also be undertaken for medical reasons, like to correct breathing problems. The treatment typically involves restructuring, reshaping, or a reduction in size.
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 straightforward solution. The phenomenon of the nose job has a long history and the popularity of this treatment has increased over recent years.
But, while there are many good reasons for getting a nose job, it’s still a significant procedure to undergo. Knowing how to find the right clinic and doctor, trying to balance price and quality, and choosing between having a rhinoplasty in the UK or abroad, are just a few of the questions facing prospective patients.
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Rhinoplasty Surgery Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Those looking to change the appearance of their nose.
Those who are looking to correct their nose following an accident.
Rhinoplasty surgery is most successful after the age of 18.
For rhinoplasty abroad, a hospital stay of 1-2 nights, followed by around four days in a hotel, is usually required.
Resume normal daily activities 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 after 4-6 weeks
Subtle changes may be noticeable for up to one year.
Success is often dependent on external factors like the 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 Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Rhinoplasty costs are now a lot more affordable than they used to be. However, the cost can vary depending on a few different factors.
Prices for a nose job are affected by:
The experience and reputation of the doctor that you choose
The standard of the facilities at the clinic in which you undergo treatment
The type of rhinoplasty surgery that you undergo
Whether you decide to have a rhinoplasty in the UK or abroad
Below, we’ve laid out an overview of the average starting prices for rhinoplasty surgery in a number of popular countries. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary from patient to patient depending on individual circumstances.
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How Does a Nose Job Work?
Since there are so many types of rhinoplasty surgery, each with different goals and predicted outcomes, the process varies widely. However, there are certain steps that are common to all rhinoplasty surgeries.
Preparing for surgery: You’ll be given either general anaesthesia or IV sedation to eliminate any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Making the incisions: Tiny incisions are made inside the nostrils or in the area between the nostrils.
Reshaping and restructuring: Depending on the goal of the surgery, your nose will either be reshaped or restructured. Once complete, the incisions are then closed.
Types of Nose Jobs: 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 that are suitable, depending on the reasons and goals for your treatment.
Planning Your Rhinoplasty Surgery: Open vs. Closed
When it comes to planning your nose job, you may have the option of undergoing either an open or closed rhinoplasty surgery. These are two different surgical approaches, each of which has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Open Rhinoplasty Surgery
Involves creating incisions around the base of the nose.
Carried out in cases where more significant reshaping or restructuring is needed.
More invasive than a closed rhinoplasty and usually results in more swelling and a longer recovery period.
Closed Rhinoplasty Surgery
No incisions are made outside of the nose.
Involves accessing the areas that are to be worked on through the nostrils.
A closed rhinoplasty tends to work more effectively in cases where only minor revisions or corrections are required.
Leaves no visible scarring and less swelling since the incisions are made within the nostrils.
Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Surgery
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, reshaping, or smoothing the bone. This technique is becoming increasingly common, with rhinoplasty specialists such as Dr. Mehmet Cicek, MD, offering the treatment at the world-renowned Memorial Bahcelievler hospital in Istanbul.
Combining Rhinoplasty With Other Treatments
Rhinoplasty can also be combined with another nose surgery when necessary. Below, we’ve outlined the most common ones in more detail.
Alar Base Reduction (Alarplasty)
Nose Job Results and Recovery
Recovery from rhinoplasty surgery 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. 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.
Post-Op Recovery: Week One
During the 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
In 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. You should be able to return to most light activities during this time.
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 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.
Rhinoplasty Surgery: At Home or Abroad?
Choosing between whether to have a rhinoplasty abroad or in the UK can be tricky. Travelling overseas for a nose job has become more common recently and there are a few important reasons for this.
Patients choose to have a rhinoplasty abroad because:
The cost of rhinoplasty surgery at clinics abroad is much lower than in the UK.
Some of the most qualified and experienced rhinoplasty doctors are based overseas.
The standards of care offered at clinics abroad often exceed those offered at clinics in the UK.
Access to rhinoplasty surgery abroad is often easier, with more doctors and shorter waiting lists.
Travelling overseas for treatment allows you to recover in a safe and private space.
Undergoing a Rhinoplasty Abroad: How Does It Work?
Despite increasing in popularity, travelling abroad for healthcare can still feel daunting. Thankfully though, clinics overseas have become well-versed in caring for international patients and have a range of processes and procedures in place to ensure that treatment journeys are as smooth and straightforward as possible. However, there are still a few common questions that patients ask before travelling abroad for their rhinoplasty surgery.
1. Will My Doctor Be Able to Speak English?
2. I'm Worried About Getting Around in a City I Don't Know. Will My Clinic Help With This?
3. How Long Will I Need to Be Abroad for My Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Why Choose Qunomedical?
At Qunomedical, we believe that high-quality, affordable healthcare should be easily and readily accessible to all. From providing some information on rhinoplasty surgery to assisting patients with booking their treatments, we’re here to help!
✔ 100% free, non-binding assessment: Whether you’re just looking for some more in-depth information, or are ready to book your rhinoplasty surgery, we offer a 100% free, non-binding assessment.
✔ World-renowned doctors: Our proprietary scoring system Qunoscore assesses doctors on over 20 different data points including qualifications, experience, accreditations, number of treatments performed, value for money, and reviews from past patients.
✔ 100% satisfaction guarantee: Our satisfaction guarantee ensures that if you don’t get the results that you were promised from your treatment, we’ll pay for a second one, or give you your money back.
✔ Qunomedical-exclusive packages: When booking through Qunomedical, you’ll have the opportunity to access all-inclusive packages for your rhinoplasty that include things like accommodation, airport shuttle services, and clinic transfers. Simply book your flights and leave the rest to the clinic.
✔ End-to-end care: We’ll stay with you throughout the entire recovery process, available to answer any questions you may have. We’ll check in with you regularly and you can also get in touch with your doctor for any post-op advice.
(41 Reviews In All Countries)
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