How does rhinoplasty work?

Mrinal Supriya explains how rhinoplasty works

Laura Livesey: If somebody’s considering rhinoplasty, maybe you can talk us through the process. How does the rhinoplasty process work?

Mrinal Supriya: I’d suggest visiting our website. There is a lot of information on it. You’ll find a self-assessment quiz. There are webinars that you can view, and that will clarify a lot of questions that people usually have. Following that, please make an appointment. My Practice Manager will be able to answer some of your questions, and she will be able to send you further details if you require so.

Laura Livesey: Is that a free appointment or is that a paid appointment?

Mrinal Supriya: It is an entirely free complimentary appointment.

Have an informative chat with me

During the appointment, I will go through your specific concerns regarding your nose. I will also assess the outside and inside of your nose and I’ll give you a realistic idea of the changes that I can reliably provide you.

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Mrinal Supriya: After that, we will usually go through some before and after pictures of my real patients, who have a similar problem as you have. It will give you an excellent idea about what to expect. I usually send you back with more information leaflet, so that you can make up your mind. If you want to come for a second consultation, it is more than welcome.

During the second consultation, we will again go through any questions that you might have, following which I will take pictures of you knows in different profiles to help me plan the surgery.

The day of the surgery

Once you have decided to have the surgery, we’ll give you a date for the operation. On the actual date of surgery, you will come, you will meet our welcoming theatre staff, and then you’ll meet an aesthetic consultant who has got a lot of experience, and who will look after you very well to keep you comfortable.

The surgery itself is done under general anaesthesia and usually takes about two hours. During this, you’ll be completely asleep. You will not experience any pain whatsoever. When you wake up, you will have a splint or a dressing on the nose to keep everything comfortable. There might be some self-dissolving stitches inside your nose, and they will be a few stitches outside, which I will remove in seven to 10 days.

Recover comfortably at home

You will go home the same day after surgery. We will give you some medicine to keep you comfortable. But, practically none of my patients complain of pain after this, because overall, it is not a painful surgery. You will feel like you have a bad head cold, and that will settle down in about seven to 10 days.

I’ll get you back within two weeks to remove all the dressing and the sutures, and immediately you will be able to see the difference on your nose. The change from your before to after appearance will be evident as soon as we remove the dressing. But at that stage, your nose will still be swollen, particularly on the tip region, and that will take a few weeks to settle down completely.

Read more about rhinoplasty

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For an official overview of the treatment and to find out why patients have rhinoplasty, click here.

The NHS has provided useful information on rhinoplasty, including the cost and where to go to have the procedure. Click here for more information.

For an overview of the rhinoplasty procedure, and to find out what rhinoplasty could do for you, please read this useful article here. 

About the expert

Mr Mrinal Supriya | Facial Cosmetic Surgeon


Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.

Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.

In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.

Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.

Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.

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