Is Rhinoplasty Right For Me? The Top Three Ways To Know When It's Time

As the central feature of your face, your nose is the key to that beautiful, symmetrical facial balance. So, when you feel the appearance of your nose isn’t right, it’s understandable that it can severely impact your self-confidence - whether it’s holding you back from public events or taking photographs on momentous occasions. You deserve to make memories - so if you feel like your appearance is detracting from your life, cosmetic surgery can give you those moments back. 


Whether you’re unhappy with the size and shape of your nasal bridge or the size and shape of your nostrils, the gap between your nose and your lip, your nasal tip, or any other element of your nose, rhinoplasty (also known as a “nose job”) can help. Rhinoplasty is also a popular treatment for those who have had injuries or inherent breathing problems, since it can help to restore the structure of the nasal bridge and septum to enable easier breathing. 


However, like any surgery, it’s important to remember that choosing to undergo rhinoplasty treatment is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here we outline the top three factors to consider when asking yourself: “Is rhinoplasty right for me?”


What is Rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is one of the most common cosmetic treatments here in the UK and is an area of particular specialism for Mr James Murphy.  

The nature of the treatment itself will depend on your areas of concern and the results you’re trying to achieve, though these will be discussed in detail with you at your consultations so you know exactly what to expect. 


Mostly, MPS carries out ‘open’ rhinoplasty treatments, which give a much greater degree of control over the tip position and shape. Small incisions are made inside the nostrils or at the base of the nose to allow access to the cartilage and bone. 


If the treatment is to remove a curve or hump in your nose, then a chisel or rasp may be used to remove excess cartilage before the nasal bones are brought together to form a narrower bridge. Depending on your desired results, cartilage may also be trimmed from the tip of the nose to refine the shape. If you’re concerned that you have wider nostrils, small incisions will be made in the crease of your nostril and a small section of skin will be removed from each side to create the desired effect. 


Rhinoplasty will always be carried out under general anaesthetic and typically takes up to two hours to complete.


Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me? 

Choosing to undergo any form of surgery isn’t a decision that can be made overnight. Before deciding to go ahead with a rhinoplasty, you should ensure you’ve done your research into the treatment, the practice, and the surgeon so you feel confident you’re in safe hands. It’s also important you feel that you’re deciding to have treatment for you and carefully plan your downtime to enable the best recovery and fantastic results. 


Some of the most important things to consider before booking your rhinoplasty treatment include: 

  • Why do you want rhinoplasty?
    One of the most important questions to ask yourself is why you want rhinoplasty. To what extent is it impacting your daily life? 

Recently, with the rise of social media, increasingly more people who were never unhappy with the appearance of their nose before are beginning to feel insecure about their features or enter into treatment with the desire to look like the media’s idea of ‘perfect’. It’s important, before opting into any surgical treatment, to reflect on your reasons behind it because results will be permanent and it is a big investment of time and money. 


  • Rhinoplasty treatment, risks, and expected results
    When deciding if rhinoplasty is right for you, you should also do your research into the treatment to understand the process and the risks associated with the surgery. 


With rhinoplasty treatment - as with any treatment - some post-surgery complications can arise. Minor complications include infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anaesthetic. You need to make sure you’re comfortable with all elements of the treatment and anaesthetic before you arrange your surgery. 

Similarly, you should have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved. While rhinoplasty can correct a whole host of concerns and insecurities around the nose, the surgeon is only able to work with your anatomy, so you need to ensure that you’re on the same page with your surgeon about the results that can and will be achieved. 


Here at Manchester Plastic Surgery, Mr James Murphy will be able to give you a good idea of the results that can be achieved. You can also browse our gallery of before and after photos and search for reviews on Mr Murphy to have peace of mind you’ve chosen a surgeon you can trust.

  • The timing of your rhinoplasty

Once you’re happy you understand rhinoplasty treatment, risks, expected results and you’ve found a surgeon you can trust, the last thing you should ask yourself is: is it the right time for me to get rhinoplasty? 


Rhinoplasty is surgery like any other, so you must be in a state of good physical and mental health in the lead up to your treatment. This will ensure the best results and the swiftest recovery, minimising the risk of complications. Other factors to consider are the time you’ll need to take off work for both treatment and recovery, and if a week to ten days’ worth of downtime is possible with your current lifestyle. Although this may not be the same for everyone, we’ve found that the pandemic has been an opportunity for many to have cosmetic surgery they’ve always wanted since they can continue to work from home during their recovery period.


If you feel that rhinoplasty is right for you but you aren’t able to proceed right now, you can still arrange a consultation for the short-term and book your treatment for a few months down the line. This will enable you to prepare and plan for your treatment so you can enter into it feeling calm and ready to achieve the best results. 


Your Next Steps to Rhinoplasty

If you’re considering rhinoplasty, whether you’re 100% convinced it’s what you want or you’re still unsure whether it’s right for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch using the form below to arrange your initial consultation. During this meeting with Mr Murphy, you’ll be able to ask any questions to put your mind at ease so you can make an informed decision and feel comfortable entering into your treatment, knowing rhinoplasty is right for you. 

If you would like to learn more about this procedure or are interested in a consultation, fill out the form below or call us on 0800 015 0622