What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an operation undertaken to improve both the function (nasal breathing) and cosmesis (look & shape) of your nose. It may involve removing or reshaping parts of the nasal cartilages and bones, to improve alignment, symmetry, and shape, whilst also improving the nasal airway. It’s a highly tailored operation, targeted to match your specific goals, which will be discussed during your consultation.

    This operation is undertaken whilst under general anaesthetic, with you asleep. This operation will be performed through an external approach. A small (external) cut is made at the bottom of the nose, between the nostrils, which allows direct access to the cartilages and bones of the nose. At Adnova, we believe strongly in the advantages of cutting-edge technology, and this is why we use Piezo (ultrasonic bone sculpture) for all Rhinoplasty surgeries which offers huge benefits in faster healing, better precision, and improved techniques.

    Following your operation, you will have a nasal splint/dressing applied to the outside of your nose. You will be given a saline nasal wash, oral and topical antibiotics to prevent infection and nasal steroid drops. You will be followed up within 7-14 days to remove your nasal splint. All the sutures within the nose are dissolvable and will not need to be removed. We do not routinely use nasal packing, so you will be able to breathe through the nose straight away. You will have some bleeding from the nose for a few days, which is to be expected.

    You will have some swelling and bruising of the nose and around the eyes initially. You will need 2 weeks off work to recover. The swelling will subside within the 2-4 weeks, but it can take up to 3-6 months (in some cases a year) for the nose to settle fully.

    Rhinoplasty is a safe surgery when undertaken by an experienced surgeon. As with all surgery, there are risks and complications that can happen, so it is important to do your research before committing to an operation. More information can be found here:


Procedure length
2 to 4 hours
Hospital stay
Return to work
2 weeks
Return to exercise
6 weeks
No stitches to be removed

If you have a question regarding a procedure or would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate, please feel free to get in touch.