Overview (Nose Reshaping)
Nose Reshaping, also known as a Nose Job or Rhinoplasty, is a procedure used to reshape the nose.
The size and shape of your nose are genetic and it develops into its final shape in your adolescent years. You may want to change its shape if you feel that it is too large or uneven, or you may want to restore its shape after an injury. Because your nose may still be growing, re-shaping is not recommended before the age of 16. Nose re-shaping, known as rhinoplasty, is an operation to change the shape of the nose.
A rhinoplasty operation involves Mr Nduka making cuts through the nostrils so that visible scarring is avoided wherever possible. Your nose is re-shaped by removing and re-positioning the underlying bone and cartilage. If your nose is very flat, Mr Nduka may use an implant to build up the size of the nose (this is known as augmentation rhinoplasty). Sometimes the nostrils are also re-shaped to fit with the shape of your new nose.
Nose re-shaping is performed under a general anaesthetic and you will usually need to stay in hospital overnight.
Following nose re-shaping you will experience bruising and swelling around your eyes for a few weeks, and you will need to wear a splint on your nose for some of this time. Mr Nduka will discuss this with you prior to your operation.
All operations carry risks as well as benefits. The chance of complications following rhinoplasty depends on the type of operation and other factors such as your general health. Mr Nduka will explain how the risks apply to you.