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The nose is an amazing structure made up of skin over bone and cartilage. It is central to the overall facial appearance of a person. As with your other features, the nose can change with age. However, most patients who consider rhinoplasty do so because they are unhappy with the shape of their nose.

Reasons For A Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures, and the reasons for this are various. Some patients wish to improve the appearance or change the shape of their nose, while other wish to correct deviations or repair injuries. The consultation process is extremely important for patients considering surgery to their nose. It is important that surgeon and the patient must reach a common understanding and that the patient is aware of what is likely and achievable through surgery.

Rhinoplasty procedures are commonly performed on their own, though they are sometimes combined with other facial procedures, such as chin augmentation. Where nose surgery has been indicated following an accident, non-surgical scar treatments such as Fraxel laser may be performed as well to get the best results.

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Vectra 3D Simulation

The Aesthetic Institute is the first and only clinic in Ireland offering patients Vectra 3D Face & Body Imaging Technology. This unique simulation technology uses a 3D model of the patient, allowing the surgeon to illustrate the expected post-surgery appearance and ensure that it matches the patient’s desires and expectations with what is realistically possible. This is included as part of all rhinoplasty consultations at The Aesthetic Institute.

The Surgery

You can alter the nasal appearance in various ways. Rhinoplasty procedures generally fall under three types: open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty and tip rhinoplasty. At your consultation, the Consultant Plastic Surgeon will go through the options with you and discuss the best option for you.

If there are prominent bumps on the nose, the bone and cartilage can be filed down so that your nose is straighter. If the nose is deviated from the midline it is usually possible to correct this using cartilage grafts. If the tip of the nose is too long or too large it can be improved by surgically removing parts of the cartilage or if the nose is short and wide it can be made slimmer by extending the tip of the nose with cartilage.

On the day of your procedure, you will arrive at the hospital fasting. Before the surgery you will meet with your surgeon again and he will mark the surgical site. A rhinoplasty is normally done under general anesthesia. With a closed rhinoplasty, the incision is made inside the nostrils while with the open technique the incision is made across the columella (the area between the nostrils). The scar from this incision is usually very subtle and inconspicuous. Following the surgery you will be closely monitored while you begin your recovery and the effects of the anesthetic wear off.



After Surgery

Patients who undergo a rhinoplasty are taken care of by professionals with extensive experience of this surgical procedure and usually go home the same day. On discharge you will have been given an appointment for your first post-operative visit to The Aesthetic Institute, but patients are welcome to contact us before that if they have any concerns.

As with any surgery, bruising and swelling are to be expected at the surgical site. Mild pain is also not uncommon for a few days after the procedure. The small splint and sutures are removed after about a week, but a degree of bruising and swelling will persist for some time. The new shape of the nose is already visible when the cast is removed, but the final outcome can only be assessed after about 6 months.

If you’d like to see “Before & After” photos of Akademikliniken patients who have undergone rhinoplasty procedures, click on the Before & After tab above.

If you have any questions about rhinoplasty which are not addressed here, or if you would like to book a consultation with the Consultant Plastic Surgeon to discuss a procedure, please call 01 491 5738, email or complete our Enquiry Form.

What does it cost?

The overall cost of a rhinoplasty depends on a number of factors including how extensive the surgery will be, and if the procedure is part of a combination procedure. You can read more about our prices for different procedures and treatments here.

See prices for rhinoplasty

If you have any questions about rhinoplasty which are not addressed here, or if you would like to book a consultation with the Consultant Plastic Surgeon to discuss a procedure, please call 01 491 5738, email or complete our Enquiry Form.