Nose reshaping
The lower part of the nose is made up of cartilage and if your nose tip needs to be reduced, a part of this cartilage will be removed. This is carried out at the same time as any corrective bone work and is usually without visible scarring. If your nose is deviated or bent you may be offered a Septo-nose surgery to straighten the nose. An augmentation nose surgery is performed to build up the nose in the case of a flattened bridge or a weak nose tip. Your Surgeon will examine your nose and advise you on the most appropriate operation. The operation will be carried out under a General Anaesthetic and take approximately 1-2 hours. You will need to stay in hospital for 1 night and wear a splint over your nose for 7 days. A nose tip surgery will be carried out ambulant under local anaesthetic and take approximately 1 hour. You will need to wear a splint over your nose for 7 days. It is advisable to refrain from working for 7-10 days and avoid contact/impact sports for 3-6 months. There will be numbness, bruising and swelling after the surgery. Numbness and swelling will gradually resolve but may take several months. Bruising will be greatly reduced by the time you return to work at 10-14 days.

Before your surgery
Apart from being free of any infection to your nose or throat, there are no specific guidelines for nose reshaping. However, it is very important that you are sure of the changes you are trying to make and that you explain these as fully as possible to your Surgeon. You will need to have realistic expectations, particularly with nose reshaping, and your Surgeon will tell you what is possible.
If you are a smoker or you take medication, your Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.