Rhinoplasty London

Rhinoplasty surgery is the medical term for reshaping of the nose or corrective surgery of the nose.


Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

It is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures performed. This is because the nose has the greatest impact on how a person looks. Nasal surgery aka rhinoplasty can be performed to change the consequence of genetics, birth defect or nasal injury. It can be done to enhance your appearance and/or to improve your nasal breathing. Modern rhinoplasty is a surgical art form.

Kambiz Golchin is a reputable, establised Rhinoplasty London Surgeon who can provide full nose job & nose reshaping surgeries. If you would like to know more about corrective nose surgery then please do get in contact.


Nose Reshaping with Rhinoplasty Surgery

Nose reshaping and contouring is commonly described as having “a nose job” or “nose reshaping”.
The medical term to describe plastic surgery on this part of the face is Rhinoplasty. To achieve a natural-looking nose that complements your facial features can be accentuated with a rhinoplasty procedure / rhinoplasty surgery.

Rhinoplasty London Surgery involves an invasive procedure; the approach or technique used is determent by individual needs, anatomy, injury or revision from previous surgery. The approach can be described as either an open or closed Rhinoplasty, which is based on a joint consultation determent by your consultant.

Having Rhinoplasty surgery can change the overall appearance of the face. To enable patients to make an informed decision on having nose surgery Mr. Golchin preforms 3 dimensional (3D) photography of the full face prior to any treatment. This enables patients to realistically see visually what the final nose restructuring surgery result will look like following treatment.

Mr. Golchin also performs a non surgical approach for nose contouring achieved with fillers. This approach is a good option for an individual who needs minimal contouring but provides a non-permanent pre-surgical visual for patients if surgery were to be opted for at a later date. Non surgical options can be discussed in further detail with your plastic surgeon from our rhinoplasty london clinic.

To book a consultation or if you have any rhinoplasty surgery questions or if you would like to know more about rhinoplasty procedure please give us a call or fill out our consultation form.


How Nose Cosmetic Surgery (Rhinoplasty Procedures) is performed

  • Nasal surgery (Rhinoplasty surgery) is performed as an inpatient in a private hospital. It may be combined with other procedures such as facial or chin surgery.
    In most nose surgeries general anaesthesia is used. However, in some cases, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation may be sufficient.
  • Mr Golchin uses the computer imaging photographic references in the operating theatre to provide direct evaluation of the intended goal during the procedure.
    Rhinoplasty nose enhancements can be accomplished using an internal or external surgical approach. The internal surgery approach allows all the incisions to be hidden inside the nostrils. Therefore there is no evidence of any cuts or scarring on the outside of the nose after surgery.
  • The external (Open) approach to surgery leaves a small scar under the nose. The external incision is placed under the nostrils. In Mr Golchin’s practice this generally only applies to very complicated cases only with twisted nose or abnormalities of the tip.
  • Mr Golchin uses the internal approach for most surgical cases whenever possible. This approach provides more delicate control of the final shape of the nose because the skin is not loosened up very much during the surgery. This permits a more accurate assessment of the shape during surgery.
  • After anesthesia is given, small incisions are made inside the nose. Specialized instruments are used to separate the skin from the underlying supporting framework of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then sculpted to the desired shape.
  • The nature and extent of the sculpting are dependent on individual nasal anatomy and the desired contour with the aim of providing a good long-term outcome for both breathing and the shape. Accordingly a more conservative approach is sometimes suggested with grafts and/or sutures used to increase the strength of the nose. Some patients require building up of the nasal bridge.This may be due to injury, previous overzealous surgery or just having a small nose. In such cases an “Augmentation rhinoplasty surgery” is performed. Materials for building up the nose can be natural materials, such as the patient’s own cartilage and bone, or else foreign material, such as high-density porous polyethylene. These materials are sculpted and placed in appropriate areas.
  • Natural materials have the advantage of being better tolerated and very safe. However sometimes natural materials are not the right shapes or there may be an inadequate supply for the extent of the rhinoplasty surgery augmentation that’s required. The main risk of foreign materials is that of infection and rejection. These materials have been modified over the years so that materials available now have a much lower risk of these complications. Mr Golchin will discuss these pros and cons with you very carefully.
  • When the rhinoplasty london surgery is completed, a plaster is applied to protect and maintain the new shape of your nose. It also limits the amount of postoperative swelling. If the nose surgery involves straightening your septum, soft nasal splints may be placed in your nostrils to stabilise the septum. The rhinoplasty operation takes one to three hours depending on the complexity of the nose surgery.

Pre-operation notes for Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty London)

At your initial rhinoplasty surgery consultation, you will be asked to express your concerns about your appearance and describe your symptoms. Digital photographs of your face will be taken and computer imaging will be used to analyse your nose and options for nose reshaping surgery and to enable you to view your current appearance and realistic outcomes following surgery.

Your medical history will be reviewed and a physical examination will be conducted from our London surgery to determine if nasal surgery is best for you. Physical characteristic such as the size and shape of your nasal bones and cartilage as well as the thickness of your skin may affect the technical considerations.

You may be required to visit your GP for a check up & for any necessary blood work & x-rays. Precise preoperative instructions are provided, and all necessary prescriptions are given to you in advance of the surgery. You will be provided with a complete list of which medications to avoid.

Risks of Rhinoplasty Surgery

As with any operation, nasal surgery has minimal risks and potential complications. However, with highly trained cosmetic plastic surgeons and nurses making up the surgical team,rhinoplasty surgery complications are extremely rare. Like all surgeries, the risk of bleeding, infection, scarring or an anesthetic problem is present – whether you opt for surgery at harley street or from the rita rakus clinic.

Healing affects the nose in different ways. With heavy skin, the nose is likely to drop a little over time, and there is a higher risk of scar tissue under the skin. Consequently, the experienced rhinoplasty surgeon makes a shape during surgery that allows for these inevitable changes. Mr Golchin sometimes uses medicines in the postoperative period to reduce scar tissue and permit sculpting of the tip on the months after surgery.

Since all of the incisions are inside the nose, there are no visible scars resulting in a better plastic surgery result. When the External (open rhinoplasty) technique is employed, the small scar underneath the nose becomes inconspicuous after several months. Should the unusual situation occur that the incision is noticeable, revision and dermabrasion procedures are available.

In about five percent of rhinoplasties / rhinoplasty surgery, a second procedure may be required to correct a minor deformity such as a small residual bump on the bridge. The corrective surgery is usually minor in nature.


Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that modifies the shape of a patient’s nose. Often called a nose job or nose surgery, people most often opt for it due to their desire for a different-looking nose. However, there are times when doctors perform rhinoplasty to help with some nasal issues, such as difficulty with breathing, sleeping apnoea, and septum deviation.
As is virtually always the case, medical terms derive from Latin or ancient Greek languages. In this instance, it comes from Greek. “Rhis” stands for nose, whereas “plassein” means to shape. Although it is a common belief that cosmetic surgery procedures first appeared a few decades ago, rhinoplasty, interestingly, has been developed around 800 B.C. in ancient India.
No. A nose surgery, when done correctly, will always involve a professional anaesthesiologist who administers both local and general anaesthesia (the latter when necessary). As a result, a patient does not experience any pain whatsoever during the procedure. After the surgery, you may experience headache or some pain in your nose, as well as it being stuffy and difficult to breathe through. These side effects last only a short while.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical operation, and as such, it comes with some potential complications and risks. As always, there are minimal risks of infection, scarring, bleeding, and an anaesthetic problem. If you have heavy skin, there are increased chances of getting scar tissue under it. Other side effects include unsatisfactory appearance, numbness, and in rare cases, a residual bump on the bridge or septal perforation (a hole in the septum).
There are two types of nose jobs. The first one is non-invasive, and it consists of nose contouring, which a doctor achieves with fillers. This approach is non-permanent and usually lasts for about nine months, after which the nose goes back into its natural shape. The other type of rhinoplasty is invasive surgery. Once the initial swelling wears off after a few weeks (the swelling period differs from one patient to the other), it can take up to a year for your nose to fully refine. After that, the new look you receive is permanent and will last you a lifetime.
Yes, it’s a safe procedure. However, it’s paramount that an expert in the field carries out the surgery. There are some risks and potential complications involved, however. So, having an experienced doctor is vital to avoiding them, especially if you wish not to have any visible scars. However, if done incorrectly, rhinoplasty can result in an unevenly-shaped nose or one with an unnatural look.
After you’ve gone through with the surgery, you will feel a blocked nose for several weeks. Additionally, you may experience some discharge with bloodstains, as well as nasal congestion. That is perfectly normal to have after rhinoplasty. Depending on the patient, it can last for two to four weeks. On average, it takes about two months for side effects to wear off entirely.
Obviously, as with every invasive surgery, your skin will have scars from it. However, there are two possible ways of performing a nose job. The most often one is closed rhinoplasty (internal approach). With closed rhinoplasty, a doctor makes tiny cuts inside the nostrils, which means that the scars will be inside your nose, as opposed to somewhere visible. Open (external) rhinoplasty leaves a small scar just under your nose. Doctors opt for this approach only when necessary in complicated cases.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Before you begin with the procedure, the doctor will have to examine your physical well-being to decide whether or not you’re suitable for the surgery. Mr Golchin will revise your medical history (to see your previous operations, allergies, medications you use, etc.) and make an assessment. Some other things he takes into consideration are the thickness of your skin, as well as the size and shape of your nasal bones. If need be, you may have to visit your GP for further check-ups and blood work.

As for the procedure itself, you will need to prepare yourself. The doctors will treat you as an inpatient in a private hospital. If you’re a smoker, we advise you to abstain from smoking six weeks before the procedure; it can negatively impact your healing capabilities.

Additionally, for a week before the surgery, you have to avoid using any medication containing Aspirin. Finally, you must not eat on the day of the procedure. But don’t worry — the doctor will inform you thoroughly about all of this.

Rhinoplasty as a procedure carries on for one to three hours, subject to the job at hand. There are two types — external and internal. Internal (closed) surgery is the most common one, as the surgeon cuts the skin inside the patient’s nostrils. That way, your scars will be inside your nose, and therefore, not visible. The external (open) rhinoplasty consists of making an incision on the vertical strip that separates your nostrils (the columella). The scars from the open approach are visible but not that noticeable. Mr Golchin opts for this approach only when there are complicated cases involved, such as a twisted nose or tip abnormalities.

Beginning the Process

When you arrive, an anaesthesiologist will apply a general anaesthetic. That will make you go to sleep, and together with local, intravenous anaesthesia, you won’t feel any pain. So basically, you’re in for a three-hour nap, and you’ll wake up with a new nose. Closed rhinoplasty, Mr Golchin’s preferred method, doesn’t make your skin loose. That allows the doctor to make more accurate assessments of your nose shape.

Depending on what you’re looking for, the doctor will build up your nasal bridge using either your cartilage or high-density porous polyethylene. During the procedure, the doctor will work on achieving the desired shape while not impeding your breathing process.

After they finish the surgery, you will wear a plaster over your nose. If the doctor straightens your septum (septorhinoplasty), you will also have to wear soft nasal splints for stabilisation.

Is Rhinoplasty safe?

The risks of Rhinoplasty are minimal and complications rare. However, doctor, surgeons and medical professionals will also say that an element of risk can never be totally discounted with any surgical procedure, no matter how routine.

At an initial consultation for Rhinoplasty treatment your desires and expectations will be carefully discussed along with the expected benefits and any likely risks.


Are Rhinoplasty stitches dissolvable?

Yes, they are but the time it takes for Rhinoplasty stitches to dissolve can vary. Dissolvable sutures inside the nose will usually disappear within one to two weeks of Rhinoplasty surgery.

In certain cases, non-dissolvable sutures will be used, e.g. on external incisions, which  should be removed at the same time as splint removal, within 5 to 7 days after surgery.


Are Rhinoplasty results permanent?

Yes, the results of Rhinoplasty surgery are permanent and typically last for your entire life. That’s why it’s important to choose a Rhinoplasty practitioner able to achieve the results to your expectations.

Over time, any subtle changes to your nose occur as part of the natural ageing process, and it is possible for your nose to alter in shape as a result of facial injury.


Are Rhinoplasty consultations free?

Increasingly, many practitioners do offer a free Rhinoplasty consultation. Where a charge is applied for a consultation, the amount is often offset against the final cost of the procedure if you choose to proceed with the same practice.


Are Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty the same thing?

 Not exactly! Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty do both involve plastic surgery procedures involving the nose.

Rhinoplasty is concentrated on the exterior or visual / aesthetic appearance of the nose. Septoplasty is focused on interior structural issues such as breathing.

However, Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty can also be performed together by plastic surgeons to ensure a perfect nasal function.


Are Rhinoplasty revisions common? 

Various studies have found an average Rhinoplasty revision rate of 6 – 10 per cent. Some practices self-report a revision rate of as little as up to 5 per cent.

Much depends on the desired result and the procedure required to achieve a positive outcome. Where Rhinoplasty revision may be necessary a Rhinoplasty practitioner will fully discuss the process with you and provide a clear explanation.


Is Rhinoplasty painful?

Rhinoplasty is not considered very painful. It is not uncommon for some patients to experience a slight tenderness caused by possible congestion and sinus pressure.

Your practitioner will discuss in advance with you the various pain management options, if required.

Is Rhinoplasty worth it?

Many patients would definitely say it is. They can often arrive at their decision to have Rhinoplasty after years of privately enduring negative feelings about the size or shape of their nose.

Rhinoplasty is known to significantly boost self-esteem and confidence. Many patients report a sense of personal renewal and a better quality of life following a Rhinoplasty surgery.

Can Rhinoplasty go wrong? 

The final result of a Rhinoplasty procedure can sometimes appear unsatisfactory to the patient. The most common issue many patients have is in the outer appearance. It is not unusual for all swelling to completely subside naturally after a period of time of up to 6 months, in some cases.

Patients who may express immediate concerns are advised to wait as long as year for their nose to completely heal and take shape before considering revision or additional treatment.

Your practitioner will discuss in advance with you any concerns you may have and expected outcomes.


Can Rhinoplasty help breathing?

An improvement in breathing can be achieved. Rhinoplasty is essentially a surgery to change the shape and appearance of the nose. However, breathing function is closely related to nose shape. 

A Rhinoplasty procedure may sometimes be performed to change nose appearance and also to improve nasal breathing.

Patients with concerns about how the reshaping of their nose will affect their breathing need to be aware that the swelling inside the nose may take up to 6 months to reduce. Breathing may be slightly uncomfortable at first but usually resolves within 1-3 months.


Can Rhinoplasty fix a bulbous nose?

Yes, it can. A more visually appealing nasal tip can be obtained by bulbous nose surgery – a type of Rhinoplasty for a more defined reshaping to complement facial appearance.

A bulbous nasal tip is often caused by excessive cartilage widely spaced, a lack of definition or sometimes, thick nasal tip skin.

Can Rhinoplasty make nostrils smaller?

Yes! Known as Alar base reduction Rhinoplasty, a procedure can reduce the size of the nostrils for improved symmetry and balance, and creating a smaller nostril opening and width for reduced nostril flare.


Can Rhinoplasty stop snoring?

Yes, it is usually possible for a Rhinoplasty procedure to help eliminate snoring. However, the results will depend on the reasons why you snore, such as an internal structural problem that can be corrected surgically.


Can Rhinoplasty help sinus problems?

It often can. Rhinoplasty is primarily used to enhance appearance. At the same time, altering the shape of the nose by supporting sagging cartilage and open nasal passages can also improve breathing, and help avoid chronic sinus infections.

Rhinoplasty – how long to heal?

 As a general rule, two weeks is usually necessary to be away from work and up to 6 months for swelling to completely disappear after Rhinoplasty nose surgery.

Typically, it also takes around 6 weeks for nose bones to heal and several months before you see the full effect expected from the operation.


Rhinoplasty – when can I sleep on my side?

It is advised to avoid sleeping on your side or front for the first two weeks, which could cause a displacement of bones in the bridge of the nose.

It is also recommended to sleep with 2-3 extra pillows which will help with reduce any facial swelling for the first few weeks following surgery.


Rhinoplasty – when can I blow my nose? 

After surgery, the standard medical advice is that you should wait at least one week – but preferably, two weeks – before blowing your nose. Waiting three weeks or more is also strongly recommended.

If the need to sneezing is unavoidable it should be carried out with your mouth wide open to minimise any internal nasal disturbance.

If sneezing occurs, do not allow any external nasal dressing it to become wet at any time.


Rhinoplasty – when can I go back to work?

Most of the swelling should start to subside within three days and you should be able to go back to work (or school) just one week after surgery

During recovery you should avoid strenuous exercise and physical activities that promote blood flow to the treatment area for three to six weeks following Rhinoplasty. Even those that seem harmless such as stretching, lifting, or bending over can increase nasal swelling.

Most healthy men and women will be physically ready to return to normal life activities between 7-10 days. However, it is important to be aware some patients may require more time to fully recover and prepare for returning to work.

Before and After

Mr Golchin and his surgical team of highly trained professionals will make sure that potential complications and possible risks (including bleeding, infection, rejection of foreign material, etc.) don’t occur. Around five per cent of all rhinoplasties require additional procedures to work on minor deformities. Some of the side effects that you’ll probably experience include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Bruising around your eyes
  • Swelling around the nose
  • Minor difficulties with breathing

The recovery time lasts for about two weeks, and everything mentioned is a perfectly normal reaction. Sometimes, the doctor recommends medicines that help reduce scar tissue. In the first 6–12 months after the procedure, the nose can alter its shape slightly (not noticeable by others). Thanks to Mr Golchin’s experience, he counts on that during the operation. Therefore, he will make millimetre-long changes to make sure that you still have the desired look years after the procedure.

What to Expect

If you’re looking for rhinoplasty in London, you can make an appointment with Mr Golchin at the Rita Rakus Clinic, in Knightsbridge. They also have a clinic centre in Dublin. At the consultation session with Mr Golchin, you will describe what you’re unhappy with and how you’d want your nose to look. The clinic uses state-of-the-art imaging technology in order to produce a 3D rendering of your entire face. That will help you with visualising the results. Additionally, the doctor will be able to provide you with the idea of what’s realistically possible.

Bear in mind that you can’t let your imagination go wild. There are limits to how much your nose can be changed, and the doctor will assist you with deciding on a realistic goal. You also need to check whether you’re suitable for a surgical rhinoplasty. First of all, our noses grow and develop until after puberty. So unless there’s a medicinal need for it, you shouldn’t have a nose job until you’ve reached the minimal right age (16 for women, 18 for men).

What’s more, the award-winning Mr Golchin also performs what we call filler rhinoplasty. Essentially, it’s a non-surgical (therefore, non-invasive) approach to a nose job. He applies fillers for nose contouring, which can reshape your nose and cover some of the deficiencies you notice. This method, however, is non-permanent, and the effects usually stick around for about 9–12 months. If you’re not quite sure about making a definite choice, this procedure can greatly help you visualise your post-surgery nose and see if you’re happy with it before you commit to a surgical approach.

Once you have all the information needed and have decided on your nose’s new shape, it’s time to visit the operating theatre.

I was very nervous about getting lip fillers for years, but I got recommended to Mr Golchin and I cannot recommend him enough! He made me feel at ease about the treatment and gave me exactly what I wanted! It was painfree and my results are amazing! – Sarah


I have been attending Mr. Golchin at his clinic in Dublin for Botox & Fillers for quite a few years, with great results. I am never concerned about trying fillers in any new areas of my face or trying any new treatments suggested, as I have complete confidence in Mr. Golchin and his team. It’s very important to me to achieve a natural result while still noticing an obvious improvement and I am never disappointed. – Michelle


I contemplated rhinoplasty for a number of years and after extensive research I finally decided to go ahead with it in August 2017. To say it was a decision not taken lightly would be an understatement. I wanted the best results and the best surgeon and I can honestly say I got both. Mr Kambiz Golchin is a true professional and perfectionist and it is clear he takes great pride in his work. Mr Golchin established exactly what I wanted and delivered, surpassing my expectations. Bex


I had decided many months ago to get rhinoplasty and had since visited a number of the top surgeons in London, after being dissatisfied a friend referred Mr Golchin. From start to finish, including my pre operative care to my end result I could not be happier and would highly recommend Mr Golchin as a wonderful surgeon who has changed my life and I could not be happier with my new nose. – cmbrowne

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