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Rhinoplasty (nose job) is a surgical procedure to change the nose's shape and appearance. Rhinoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons or medical reasons, such as to correct breathing problems or trauma.

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  • A rhinoplasty is suitable for people looking to change the aesthetics of their nose (e.g. tip shape, bridge size or slope)
  • People looking to correct disfigurement from trauma (e.g damage following a severely broken nose)
  • Rhinoplasty is most effective if facial growth is complete
  • The success of a rhinoplasty procedure is a highly personal topic. While modern surgeons are able to perform the technical aspects of the procedure with very high success rates, the outcome of your rhinoplasty also relies heavily on factors that are out of their control: quality of your nasal tissue, cartilage and bone, healing process and your own perception of results. It is important to ensure you have realistic expectations and goals for your rhinoplasty, as dysmorphia and similar issues can lead to dissatisfaction.
  • In the short term (5-7 days) after your rhinoplasty you can resume activity
  • Within 7 - 14 days the majority of bruising and swelling will reduce
  • 4 - 6 weeks after your rhinoplasty for external healing, subtle changes are noticeable for up to one year
  • Your rhinoplasty surgery can take between 2 - 3 hours, depending on complexity
  • You will be required to stay in the hospital for a week during your rhinoplasty.
  • Numbness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Scarring at the base of the nose
  • Swelling
  • Nerve damage
  • Under or over correction (which can require revision rhinoplasty)

Once you have decided to pursue a rhinoplasty, you will need to undergo an initial consultation with your surgeon to begin planning your treatment. There are a variety of types of rhinoplasty, which are suitable for different goals:

Reduction Rhinoplasty: Reduction rhinoplasty is designed to reduce the size of nasal features: bumps on the bridge, elongated or twisted nasal tip, or particularly wide nostrils. The doctor removes small amounts of bone or cartilage to achieve the desired results. The overall goal of a reduction rhinoplasty is to give the patient a nose that is more proportionate to their other facial features.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty: Augmentation rhinoplasty aims to alter the shape of nasal features. This involves bone or tissue grafting to build up the nasal tip and/or bridge. Often augmentation rhinoplasty will involve using cartilage from other parts of the nose, usually the nasal septum, but if a patient does not have enough tissue in this area the doctor will often use rib bone, or cartilage from the ear or rib.

Post-traumatic Rhinoplasty: Post-traumatic rhinoplasty addresses both the appearance and function of a patient’s nose, usually after they suffered a broken nose. Generally this involves straightening the nose and correcting the nasal septum, after re-fracturing and re-setting the nose.

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty: Reconstructive rhinoplasty is a specialised surgery for patients who have lost all or part of their noses to an accident, skin cancer, or another serious illness. This type of rhinoplasty involves the surgeon rebuilding the nose with skin grafts, flap techniques, and other advanced methods. Due to the complex nature of this procedure, patients may require multiple surgeries over a period of several months. Additionally, reconstructive rhinoplasty is a specialised procedure, and patients should look for surgeons who have extensive experience in this area.

Rhinoplasty can also be combined with the following procedures:

Septoplasty: A surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum, where the septum falls further to one side, leaving one nasal passage that is considerably smaller than the other. It can cause breathing difficulties and facial pain, but a septoplasty straightens the septum, allowing for better airflow through your nose.

Alar Base Reduction: This reduces the size or flare of nostrils that are larger in comparison to one another, the tip or overall size of the nose.

Cartilage Transplantation: This is a particularly advanced option, where cartilage from the patient’s nose, ear or rib is used to reconstruct or sculpt the nose where there isn’t enough tissue, or the existing tissue is too weak to support significant changes. This is option is generally best when the nose has been previously operated on and a large part of the nasal skeleton is missing or the tissue that remains is damaged.

The surgeon will need to discuss your general health and desired results to determine your eligibility and best option for a rhinoplasty. You should consider the following:

  • Are you on any medications?
  • Do you have any pre-existing conditions?
  • Do you smoke?
  • What is your desired result? And why?

The surgeon will also assess skin quality and thickness, the amount and position of tissue, septum condition, tip shape and more to determine what rhinoplasty procedure and surgery technique suits you best.

How does a rhinoplasty procedure work?

Because there are so many types of rhinoplasty and different goals for the treatment, the procedure varies widely for each person. However, there are certain steps that are common to all rhinoplasty surgeries.

1. Anesthesia for your rhinoplasty

Doctors perform rhinoplasty using one of two sedation methods:

  • General anesthesia: Administered with a mask or IV, general anesthesia puts patients completely to sleep.
  • IV sedation: A doctor numbs the face with local anesthesia and administers a powerful intravenous sedative. The patient experiences a "twilight sleep" and will remember little, if anything, about the surgery when the medication wears off. Doctors work with each patient to determine the best type of anesthesia for his or her needs. With both methods, patients do not experience any discomfort during the rhinoplasty. However, some individuals may experience less anxiety, knowing they will be completely asleep.

2. The rhinoplasty surgery

After the patient is sedated, the surgeon starts your rhinoplasty by creating tiny incisions inside the nostrils or on the columella (the area of cartilage between the two nostrils). They then carefully lift the skin to access the underlying bone and cartilage.

Rhinoplasty procedure in steps

If reshaping the nose structure, the surgeon will remove or graft tissues, as needed. If correcting a deviated septum, the surgeon will cut and straighten the septum to improve breathing. When the reshaping process is complete, the doctor lays the skin back down over the new contours of the nose and close the incisions.

What is the recovery process like?

While rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure in some clinics, most will have you stay overnight following the procedure to be safe. Recovery can take several weeks, with patients recommended to take at least one week off work and regular activities. Patients should make arrangements to be picked up after the rhinoplasty, and ideally be assisted with daily tasks for a few days. If you will be alone, take note that simple tasks like chewing and bathing can cause pain or discomfort in the first few days, so it is important to be patient and gentle with yourself.

Week One

The first week of recovery after your rhinoplasty is the most severe, where patients feel uncomfortable from In the first week following surgery, expect to:

  • Wear a cast on your nose
  • Feel sore and congested
  • Have a piece of gauze taped under your nose to catch any excess fluid/blood
  • Experience discomfort from packing inside of the nose
  • Feel slight discomfort from swelling, in particular in the first 3 days
  • See dark bruising

Week Two

You will have your cast and packing removed after one week and can expect the following progress:

  • See the dissolvable sutures in your nose start to disappear
  • Improvement or complete disappearance of your bruising/swelling
  • More “normal” appearance, which helps patients feel comfortable being seen in public
  • Return to most normal, light activities (e.g. no physical labour/exercise
  • Reduction is size/appearance of incision

Week Three

Week three after your rhinoplasty, you are through the worst of the recovery period and the results will start to show:

  • Swelling reduces to show subtle changes in your nose
  • Normal activities can be resumed, including most forms of exercise
  • You can easily hide your incision, which may still be a bit red, with makeup.

Week Four and Beyond

By week four, the majority of swelling has reduced but full results of your rhinoplasty can take up to a year, with an 85% reduction in swelling by month three and 95% by month six.

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Below are price ranges for Rhinoplasty at Qunomedical-approved clinics.
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The cost of a rhinoplasty depends on where you choose to be treated and your individual needs. Below are starting prices for a rhinoplasty procedure at our partner clinics. The pricing differential depends on many factors, such as cost of living, exchange rates, practicing costs or regulatory conditions, which may differ greatly from country to country.

popular destinations

Costs listed below are starting prices for rhinoplasty when booked through Qunomedical. Prices may vary depending on individual needs and conditions.

Rhinoplasty is offered in 17 countries

In Brno from € 1,640

In Prague from € 2,485

In Denpasar from € 1,710

In Budapest from € 1,780

In Istanbul from € 2,100

In Bursa from € 3,050

In Bodrum from € 3,100

In Wroclaw from € 2,160

In Jelenia Gora from € 2,530

In New Delhi from € 2,460

In Cairo from € 2,500

In Tijuana from € 2,540

In Cancun from € 3,010

In Guadalajara from € 3,050

In Manila from € 2,650

In Kaunas from € 2,800

In Vilnius from € 2,800

In San Jose from € 3,180

In Berlin from € 3,900

In Cologne from € 5,000

In Frankfurt am Main from € 5,000

In Hamburg from € 5,000

In Munich from € 5,000

In Vienna from € 4,900

In Marbella from € 5,000

In Chicago from € 5,760



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Rachel L. ,





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! ❤️

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Jane F.,


January 16, 2020

| GOP Hospital, Turkey




I can not thank you enough, you have given me my confidence back after all these years.

Dear Dr Gamze I can not thank you enough, you have given me my confidence back after all these years. I look at least 10 years younger now after my eye lid and rhinoplasty surgery. your are my angle. I will be recommending you to all my family and friends. I have not forgotten about the team at Gaziosmanpasa Hospital. Thank you to all the nurses that took great care of me thank you to Funda and her team and thank you to the drivers that treated me so well. I will be back

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United Kingdom

January 15, 2020

| Dr. Toncic Clinic, Croatia




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 recommend it to anybody!

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The doctor is professional and a real master.

The staff is very friendly. The doctor is professional and a real master. The doctor is patient, the consultation was quite long, the doctor answered all the questions and explained all the details of the surgery.

Verified Patient



November 19, 2019

| MFACE & MFORM, Germany




OP zwischen Nasenflügeln und Columella - funktional und optisch

Mir hat Herr Dr. Löffelbein sehr geholfen. Er hat mir zugehört und war sehr offen. Wo andere Ärzte sagten das geht nicht, ging es bei ihm doch. Die OP (es war eine kleine Sache aber grosse Wirkung, ein Nachbessern wo andere namhafte plastische Chirurgen vor Jahren bei den so wichtigen Nasenflügeln wegschnitten und murksten, und dann keiner mehr ran will um ja nicht für die Fehler vom Vorgänger beschuldigt zu werden), hat Herr Dr. Löffelbein keine Angst gehabt die Sache anzusehen, zu übernehmen und wusste sofort was zu tun ist. Ich bin ihm so dankbar"

Colin F.,

United Kingdom




Full satisfaction with Prof. Dr. Cenk Sen.

Full satisfaction with Prof. Dr. Cenk Sen. I was very thankful with nurses, staff and about services. I will send some of my friends for nose job to this clinic, too.

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Emily B.,

United Kingdom

November 11, 2019

| GOP Hospital, Turkey




I was really nervous about getting something like this done abroad but it really was ok!! I couldn’t happier with my results already and this isn’t the final reveal!

I got a rhinoplasty done at GOP hospital Istanbul. first of all got to the airport, bit of a nightmare to find the driver as was told he was pretty much at 2 places at once! But never mind we got there in the end! The driver didn’t speak much English but he shown us to his car, being in one of the biggest cities getting into a blacked out car with a stranger was a little worrying! But he took us to our hotel and even checked in for us, hotel was absolutely lovely (beautiful 5* with the biggest shopping centre across the roundabout), Funda (the person organising everything) text me on WhatsApp to tell me the plan for the next day! Got a good nights rest ready for my opp. The next morning funda and our driver picked us up from the hotel and took us to GOP hospital, the hospital was very clean and pretty modern. We went and sat down outside an office where I signed some paper work- this paper work wasn’t in English so I was I little worried to sign but Funda translated it for me and I trusted her so I signed my life away (as far as I knew) then they asked for the payment, we had a bit of a problem with the card machine, Funda could see I was stressing out a little bit so she said don’t worry we’ll try later on today, and took me up to my private room, then a nurse came in almost straight away and took some bloods (struggled-I’m awful for this) but got it 3rd time which is the best ever yet! Had a few different people come in asking me my height, weight etc, they triple checked all of this information. Not long after the surgeon came into talk to me about what I wanted that was all explained and then some photos were taken, another surgeon with her (I think) started to suggest other things I needed done like chin filler...take that how you will..I was a little offended as I was already getting plastic surgery! Haha Then there was nothing to do but wait, Funda had stayed with me until this point but she’s definitely a busy lady so she said her good lucks and carried on with her day, my op was around 1pm, one of be nurses gave me my gown and I got changed, then he bought in a bed, and hopped on and they wheeled me down to theatre, my mum followed but could only come so

far :( we went through these big sliding doors where the ward and the theatre separated, the staff didn’t mix from the two! Two theatre nurses wheeled into the room where I was having the opp, I got transferred to the table, and I’m a very very nervous person when it comes to medical things so I was silently panicking and the surgeon must of noticed she started talking to me and asking me who my favourite singer was! Before this i wasn’t aware anyone spoke English is there which is daunting anyway. Then the person putting me to sleep tried making me laugh saying how Liverpool always beat turkey in football games! One of the nurses started strapping me down with big leather straps...this is horrible, I think he saw my panic but then did it very loosely and said it’s for your safety, there was a bit of a problem with my IV and I wasn’t put to sleep the first try so they had to try and put in another..again took a while but then the next thing I knew I was waking up! With an oxygen mask on and someone saying my name, I just remember there being a horrible plastic taste in my mouth & I just wanted to sit up, I don’t remember being wheeled back upstairs I just remember my mum putting up the head on my bed, I wasn’t really in pain..almost like someone was just holding my nose and a little uncomfortable, I know I was in & out of sleep a lot...even half way through conversations! They bought me some food and water around 4 hours later, I was hooked up to an IV with pain meds & antibiotics, I tried having some soup but unfortunately I couldn’t keep anything down, I managed to walk around a tiny bit but not much, I just wanted to sleep! The surgeon came and saw me at some point & shown me a picture, Too tired to really notice what was shown. Had a very broken nights sleep, nurses come in around every hour icing me and check the IV etc. The next morning the pain meds carried on until I was discharged, at one point all the nurses including what I guess is the senior nurse came into my room didn’t say anything, giggled to themselves and then walked out..they hadn’t done this with anyone else so was a bit unsettling but who knows as I wasn’t able to understand what was being said. FUnda came and picked me up and explained everything I needed to do and She even picked up my prescriptions for me...I pretty much didn’t lift a finger, got back to the hotel and just rested for a few days, Funda was on the other end of the phone the whole time. On my 4th day funda organised a VIP trip of the city for us which was amazing! On the day before flying home Funda picked me up, took me to the hospital to get my cast off this all went really well, and then they dropped us back off. I was thrilled with what I can see! The next morning the driver picked us up nice & early for our flight home. Everyone at GOP hospital were really good and professional (besides maybe 1 or 2 minor things) Funda was amazing and really did go above and beyond! Qunomedical were amazing, they sorted everything out including helping find flights and put me at ease! I had a phone call a week before just to double check everything’s in place& ready to go. I was over charged at the hospital and within 24 hours Qunomedical said they are going to give me it back which is a massive help for the time I’m having have off (Am still waiting for it but I have no problem with this) alex has been on the other end of the phone this whole time! I’m currently comfortable and at home 8 days post op feeling great! I couldn’t happier with my results already and this isn’t the final reveal! I was really nervous about getting something like this done abroad but it really was ok!! Can’t stress that enough. Thank you for everything. show more

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Sylvia F.,

United Kingdom




I was happy with doctor (Dr. Senk) and very thankful.

I was very satisfied with the results of my operation. I was happy with doctor (Dr. Senk) and very thankful.

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United Kingdom




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.

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Michael S.,

United Kingdom




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 grateful to this doctor :)