rhinoplastyA Rhinoplasty also known as ‘nose surgery’ is a procedure performed to improve and refine the bridge, tip or profile of the nose. It can also relieve breathing difficulties. Rhinoplasty allows for a more natural look to your nose if you feel it is too wide or narrow and needs improving.

A patient may opt for Rhinoplasty surgery for many reasons, whether it be for improving damage to the nose or just your own personal cosmetic reasons. At Hadley Wood Hospital we have a team of dedicated professionals with many years experience that can advise you on the procedure through the whole process, tailoring each service to a patients needs.

The Procedure

The aim of a Rhinoplasty is always the same: a natural result that is aesthetically pleasing and in proportion to the rest of the face. The procedure takes between 1 – 2 hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will separate the skin of the nose from its framework of bone and cartilage, which is then reshaped.

The skin is then draped over the new framework and splints inserted, which remain in place for a few days. Any bruising and swelling should subside after a couple of weeks.


After your procedure your nose may feel blocked for a while, with some swelling and bruising around the eyes. You are advised to sleep with your head up in a position and use ice to assist in reducing the swelling. You should be able to return back to your normal routine after 2 weeks. It is advised any strenuous exercise should be kept to a minimum for at least 3 weeks after your operation and avoid playing contact sports for 6 weeks.

You may find a splint has been placed on your nose for support but this will be removed when you leave the hospital. It may also be advised to not wear glasses.

Your surgeon will advise you of the appropriate aftercare following your surgery and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

For information, quotations or booking, please contact our enquiries team on 020 7317 7751 or rf.privateenquiries@nhs.net. Our team are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm.