A Nose Job is one of the most popular and least risky cosmetic procedures. Rhinoplasty - to give its full name - was performed as far back as 500BC. It seems that people have always been keen to achieve that perfectly graceful profile!
These days, roughly 4,000 nose jobs are performed every year in the UK. Most of the patients who undertake the procedure are women, although more and more men are choosing the op as well. Many people have medical reasons for having rhinoplasty such as obstructed air passages in the nasal area. However, the reasons for the choice along purely cosmetic grounds are obvious: for a relatively small amount of discomfort, one can achieve long lasting improvement to the face, which is the first thing anyone remembers about meeting a new person.
The procedure for a nose job is relatively simple. You will probably be put to sleep with a general anaesthetic - a small needle in the back of your hand is used. The surgeon then injects further local anesthetics into the area around the nose so that the muscles are relaxed during the procedure. A small incisions is made inside the nostrils.
The surgeon then separates the skin and other tissues from the bone and cartilage beneath. This bone and cartilage is reshaped according to the plan worked out by the surgeon and the patient. After the reshaping, the skin and tissues are replaced, any excess skin having been removed. stitches are inserted to the area which can been cut.
A cast is usually worn over the nose for the first week or so after the operation. Patients are fine to go about their normal lives pretty much straight away, although they should of course avoid striking or otherwise damaging the nose area! After about 2-3 weeks, any bruising should have cleared up. The results of the procedure should be visible once the swelling and bruising have subsided. However, since the nose is healing itself from internal wounds, it may change shape slightly throughout he first year. This is completely normal, and is just the tissues settling down after the operation.
Prices have decreased quite significantly for this type of procedure over the last few years. Where once it would have been normal to spend £10,000 on having a nose job, they are now readily available for much closer to £3,000. However, prices vary greatly depending on the training of the doctors, the location of the clinic, and most importantly, the patient's particular needs.