A rhinoplasty is the medical term for cosmetic nose surgery. It is a procedure which aims to correct problems associated with the shape of the nose. It involves a general anaesthetic and can be performed as an inpatient or on a day stay basis.
The operation can often be performed using only internal incisions. In more difficult noses or those requiring extensive remodelling of the nasal tip an open approach using a small incision across the columella (strut between the nostrils) is used. The nasal bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped to improve the external contour. The incisions are closed and dressings applied. A splint is applied to the outside of the nose. Occasionally an internal plastic splint is required. Reduction of large nostrils can be done through tiny incisions at the base of the nostrils with either type of rhinoplasty.