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Surgery Process Guide to Endonasal Rhinoplasty

“The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of rhinoplasty are acceptable.” – plasticsurgery.org 

Endonasal rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic. The length of the surgery will depend on how much your nose is going to change shape. 


A general anaesthetic will be administered by your surgeon. 

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Once numb, the surgeon will make incisions to the inner lining of both nostrils. This ensures no scarring is visible externally.


The surgeon will then refine and reshape the cartilage and inner bone, to the desired appearance. For example, an excessively big nose may be lessened by eradicating excess bone or cartilage. 

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The nasal skin is pulled over the adjusted tissue and the incisions are closed. 


You will need to wear a nose splint for a few days after surgery to support the new structure as it begins to heal. 

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Complications / Negligence Signs

You may experience an altered sense of smell.

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Cosmetic Surgery Complication

Minor bleeding.


Bruising and swelling.

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Surgical Risks

As this procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, there are several associated risks. However, these are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

These complications can include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
  • In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

You’re more likely to experience these complications if:

  • You are undergoing emergency surgery
  • You have other illnesses
  • You are a smoker
  • You are overweight

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation.

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Read the S.A.F.E. Choice Guide for advice and guidance on the things you need consider before proceeding with any cosmetic surgery procedure. 

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