Rhinoplasty is the medical term for what is commonly referred to as a nose job or nose reshaping. Many individuals are unhappy with the size and/or shape of their nose, and therefore consider rhinoplasty. It is one of the most common surgical treatments as the nose is key to a balanced face. The surgery allows you to re-shape as well as increase or decrease the size of the nose.  Some common steps in a rhinoplasty include changing the shape and position of the tip, reducing the bridge and the nostrils, as well as changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Occasionally, breathing difficulties can be corrected at the same time.


Surgical Rhinoplasty

There are two types of rhinoplasty: augmentation rhinoplasty and reduction rhinoplasty. Here at Kat and Co Aesthetics, we offer both types of rhinoplasty to our clients.

Augmentation rhinoplasty is surgery that changes the shape of the nose, usually by increasing the size and reduction rhinoplasty reduces the size of the nose. What procedure you have, depends on what you would like to achieve from your nose job.

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A nose job can be carried out in several different ways. It may be done inside your nose or through a small external cut at the base (bottom) of your nose, in between your nostrils.

Your surgeon can change the shape of the bones within your nose or the cartilage in many ways, depending on how much needs to be added or removed, your nose structure and the materials available.


Operation time: Approximately 1 - 2 hours

Anaesthesia: TIVA

Nights in hospital: 1

Risks (common): Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness and temporary skin infection

Risks (uncommon): Excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness and airway narrowing

Pain and discomfort: 3 - 7 days

Follow up after surgery: 1 week and 3 months

Time off work: 1 - 2 weeks

Result:  12 weeks until final result - scars continue to improve over 18 months





Is a nose job painful?

Everyone is different when it comes to their pain threshold. As the rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic, there should be no pain whilst completing this procedure. Post-surgery, there may be some discomfort due to the swelling and bruising. It is generally not a particularly painful procedure.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of rhinoplasty depends on many factors which includes the complexity of the surgery, the surgeon and the results you wish to achieve from your rhinoplasty. You can view the starting price of a nose job at Kat & Co Aesthetics here.

How can I prepare for rhinoplasty?

Prior to the rhinoplasty procedure, your surgeon will go over with you a realistic expectation of the result. They will also discuss complications that may occur. There are some tips to follow that will help to keep the swelling and bruising to a minimum. Kat & Co will provide you with a list of these tips

Is nose reshaping an outpatient or inpatient procedure?

This solely depends on the complexity of the procedure. Usually, nose reshaping is performed as an in-patient with a 1-night stay. If the surgery is less complex, e.g. nostril base reduction, this can be carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case.

What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?

In an open rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon carries out the procedure by making an incision on the outside, between the nostrils, as well as the inside of the nose. In a closed rhinoplasty, all the incisions are made on the inside of the nose.

Is rhinoplasty a permanent procedure?

After a rhinoplasty, the new shape and size of the nose will not change significantly but the nose will age like everywhere else in the face. If a rhinoplasty is not carried out well, the internal structures will be unstable, and the nose may start to collapse with time. You may need a revision rhinoplasty at a later stage. This is a procedure which allows previous work to be corrected.