Introduction to Rhinoplasty

Noses come in all shapes and sizes but if you’re not happy with yours, we can help.

Your nose is one of the most prominent features on your face, and if you’re not happy with it, your self-esteem can be affected. People choose rhinoplasty for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s to correct a birth defect or injury, or to help relieve some breathing problems, while for others it’s purely aesthetic. Manchester Plastic Surgery are the leading rhinoplasty surgeons in Manchester.

Only you can know the impact of having a nose that you feel is too big or not the right shape. If your nose is making you feel self-conscious and holding you back in life, it may be time to consider plastic surgery.

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What is rhinoplasty surgery?

Commonly known as a ‘nose job’, Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures carried out here in the UK and can be used to alter the size of shape of your nose as well as narrow the span of the nostrils or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It can be performed on men and women as well as young people, though only on under-16s in exceptional circumstances.

What to expect after rhinoplasty uk

  • 1

    nights stay in hospital

  • 1-3

    hours in theatre

  • 3

    days before you can lift a baby

  • 7

    days before you can drive a car

  • 14

    days before you could return to work

  • 4

    weeks before you could go back to the gym

  • 12

    months before you will see final results

If you’re considering rhinoplasty, you’ll need to make an appointment to attend a consultation.
During this consultation, we will examine your nose and face and seek to understand what you wish to achieve through surgery.

Several factors influence the results of rhinoplasty such as the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin and your age. We will take all these factors into account before giving you a good idea of what we can achieve, enabling you to make an informed decision about whether surgery is the right step for you to take.

We will need to know at this stage if you’ve had any previous nasal surgery or an injury to your nose, even if it was many years ago. We will also need to know about any allergies or breathing difficulties as well as details of any medication or vitamins you are taking, and whether you smoke.

For most people, it’s useful to take Arnica tablets for a few days prior to surgery to reduce bruising. You will also need to arrange for someone to drive you home from hospital and perhaps to help you out with everyday tasks for a few days after surgery.

It may be a good idea to get your home cleaned and tidied so that you can rest and recuperate when you get home. You may also like to stock up your fridge so you don’t have to go to the supermarket to buy food.

Please note that we generally wouldn’t advise having rhinoplasty before the age of 16, although there may be some exceptions.

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We’ll talk you through every aspect of your rhinoplasty so you have total peace of mind throughout your transformation.


Rhinoplasty Risks

When rhinoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor.

Before deciding to go ahead with plastic surgery, it is important to be aware that complications can arise including infection, nosebleed or a reaction to the anaesthesia.

When rhinoplasty is performed from inside the nose, there is no visible scaring. When the operation is performed on the outside of the nose, or where the procedure entails the narrowing of flared nostrils, there will be small scars on the base of the nose which usually fade with time. However, there are ways to encourage scar reduction after rhinoplasty surgery.

In a small number of cases it may be necessary to conduct a second operation to correct a small defect which may only become visible once the swelling has subsided from the initial surgery.


Choosing the right rhinoplasty surgeon helps to reduce risks.


Surgery is, of course, a big decision. That’s why it’s imperative to choose the right rhinoplasty surgeon in Manchester to complete your work.

When it comes to considering plastic surgery, not only do you need to decide if a procedure is right for you, but you will also need to choose a surgeon that you trust and are comfortable with.

Choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon is an essential step in your journey to a nose that you love, and it is vital that you select a surgeon that is an experienced professional with an excellent reputation, like our surgeons here at Manchester Plastic Surgery.

The first step is to arrange your consultation with us – you can use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our nose job Manchester services and to get to know your surgeon better. Don’t be afraid to ask about plastic surgery training and experience, and what results you should expect from this treatment, they will be more than happy to put your mind at ease.

Manchester Plastic Surgery is home to some of the most reputable and experienced plastic surgeons in Manchester, including Mr James Murphy who is often known as the go-to surgeon for rhinoplasty not just in Manchester but across the country.

At Manchester Plastic Surgery, we understand that every nose and every individual is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to rhinoplasty. We take the time and effort to get to know you and fully understand your needs in order to recommend the best type of rhinoplasty surgery for you.


Rhinoplasty Recovery Time

It can take several weeks for your nose job to fully heal.

In the 24-hours after rhinoplasty are perhaps the least comfortable though we will prescribe pain killers as required. In this time, your face will swell, you may develop quite severe bruising around the eyes, your nose may ache and you may have a dull headache. The swelling and bruising around the eyes may increase before it gets better, reaching a peak after two or three days. You can apply cold compresses and ice packs to reduce swelling.

The cast will be removed from your nose after about a week and most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks.

A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some ‘stuffiness’ for several weeks. It’s best to try not to blow your nose for a week or so while the tissues heal and avoid hitting or rubbing your nose, or getting it sunburned for at least eight weeks. You’ll also need to be particularly gentle with your nose when washing your face or hair, or when using cosmetics.

If you have a nasal packing, it will be removed on the morning after your operation. A splint made of tape and an overlay of plastic, metal or plaster will be applied to help the bone and cartilage of the nose maintain their new shape, though all dressings, splints and stitches are usually removed at the end of one or two weeks.

You should be able to return to school or work within two weeks of surgery, as long as your job is not physically strenuous. We will give you specific guidelines for gradually resuming activities though anything which raises your blood pressure needs to be avoided for two to three weeks.


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Rhinoplasty Cost Manchester

A guide price for rhinoplasty surgery Manchester is £9,300 – £12,000.

Your initial consultation will cost between £0 – £150 depending on your case, and our team will be able to confirm this at the point of booking. It is difficult to give a wholly accurate idea of the cost of your surgery until we have met and fully assessed your needs and goals. We seek to offer all of our nose job Manchester services at the most competitive prices possible and we ensure the highest levels of quality at all times.

At the end you will be given an exact quote which will cover all treatment, appointments and re-admissions or revisions, should that be necessary.

Your second consultation has a ‘planning fee’ of £150 , is more in-depth, often including a 3D imaging assessment and simulation of outcome, as well as preparation for the day itself.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Your questions about nose job surgery answered.

How can I be sure I’ll get the result I want from my nose job?

When you attend your initial consultation, we will seek to understand the results you would like to achieve and will give you a good indication of what’s possible. We have found 3-D imaging to be an extremely helpful communication tool to give people a clear idea about what their options are.

Will I have scars after rhinoplasty?

If you have a closed rhinoplasty, all scars will be hidden inside the nostril. An open procedure involves a small scar running across the skin between the nostrils (columella). Very occasionally, there may be scars in the corners of the nostrils to reduce nostril size or flair.

Will it be obvious to other people that I’ve had a nose job?

A well performed rhinoplasty produces extremely natural results with little or no outward signs of surgery. Other people are unlikely to be as focussed on your nose as you are and, therefore, are surprisingly unlikely to notice any change in shape. If you have discussed your feelings about your nose, those people may be more aware of it and may notice a change.

Will rhinoplasty affect other areas of my face?

If the surgery is carried out sympathetically, taking into account the facial proportions, skin characteristics etc. your face will be unchanged. Changes in the size of your nose does not produce side effects in the skin of your cheeks, though alterations in tip position can lead to changes in lip length and smile.

What is involved in rhinoplasty surgery?

The nature of your surgery will depend on the results you want to achieve.

Rhinoplasty is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually takes one to two hours to complete, though more complex operations may take longer.

Most operations are carried out from within the nose although an ‘open’ procedure may be the preferred approach in more complicated cases. We will discuss the right approach for you in your free consultation.

During the surgery from within the nose, incisions are made inside the nostrils or at the base of the nose, providing access to the cartilage and bone, which can then be sculpted into shape. When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints may be placed inside your nostrils to stabilise the septum, the dividing wall between nasal passages.

If the operation is to remove a hump then a chisel or rasp will be used, then the nasal bone brought together to form a narrower bridge. Cartilage will then be trimmed to reshape the tip of the nose.

The nature of the sculpting will depend on your specific anatomy and the changes you wish to make.

If the surgery involves the narrowing of flared nostrils, we can remove small wedges of skin from their base to create the desired effect.

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

For even more information, read our list of 5 things you didn’t know about rhinoplasty surgery here.

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