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Rhinoplasty Explained

Rhinoplasty or ‘Nose Surgery’ is hugely popular here at The Aesthetic Institute and is one of our most sought after procedures. There are many reasons why people choose to have surgery. Whether it be following a trauma injury, or that they are unhappy with the natural shape of their nose, having low confidence about their appearance is the main reason that so many people opt for rhinoplasty. The nose is an amazing structure made up of skin over bone and cartilage and it is the main focal point of everyone’s face.


The consultation process is extremely important for patients considering surgery to their nose. It enables the surgeon and the patient to reach a common understanding where the patient is aware of what is likely and achievable through surgery. The Consultant Plastic Surgeon will also be able to then discuss the best option for you.

Vectra 3D Imaging

The Aesthetic Institute is the first and only clinic in Ireland with the Vectra 3D Face & Body Imaging Technology. A photograph will be taken of you during the consultation, and using this unique simulation technology, the surgeon can illustrate what your expected post-surgery appearance will be. This is an integral part of all Rhinoplasty consultations as it ensures that the Consultant matches the patient’s desires and expectations with what is realistically possible.


There are generally three types of Rhinoplasty procedures. Open Rhinoplasty, Closed Rhinoplasty and Tip Rhinoplasty.  If your nose has prominent bumps on it, the bone and cartilage can be filed down so that it is straighter. If your nose is deviated from the midline, it is usually corrected using cartilage grafts. If the tip of your nose is too long or too large it can be improved by surgically removing parts of the cartilage. If your 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.

After Surgery

Following the surgery, nursing staff at our private hospital with extensive experience of this surgical procedure, will closely monitor you while the effects of the anaesthetic wear off and you begin your recovery. This procedure is normally done as a day case and patients usually go home in the evening of the same day as the surgery.

On discharge you will be given an appointment for your first post-operative visit to The Aesthetic Institute, however 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 and can last for a week or more. Mild pain is also not uncommon for a few days after the procedure. The small splint and sutures are removed after about a week at your post-operative appointment by your consultant. The new shape of the nose is already visible when the cast is removed, but the final outcome can only be assessed after approximately 6 months.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

If going under the knife and having surgery doesn’t appeal to you, fear not. You may be suitable to have a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Our Consultant Plastic Surgeon carries out this treatment here at our clinic in Ranelagh. There is no need for anaesthetic, stiches or splints and it is virtually pain free. Using Dermal Fillers the desired shape is created by injecting product under the skin of the nose. The fillers normally last six months for initial treatments and up to one year for treatments following that. It is not necessary to have a consultation before treatment, however patients who are unsure are recommended to have a consultation first.

Click on the “Before & After” tab to see more photos of Akademikliniken patients who have undergone Rhinoplasty procedures.