Rhinoplasty is surgery that is carried out to reshape the nose. This can be done in many different ways including; making the nose bigger or smaller, changing the position of the nose relative to the upper lip, or to correct bumps or other deformities with the nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery involves the surgeon making incisions in the nose to access the bones and cartilage so that the necessary changes can be made. These incisions are rarely visible after surgery. Once the surgery has been completed, the surgeon will add some packing within the nose and re-drape the skin tissue over the nose. A splint is positioned outside of the nose, which helps to support the new shape of the nose as it goes through the healing process.
Usually rhinoplasty is conducted as an outpatient procedure although sometimes it requires an overnight stay. It can be done under a general or local anaesthetic.