Medical Q&As

Rhinoplasty explained

I have a very large nose which makes me very self-conscious. I have heard of a procedure called rhinoplasty and would like to learn more about it. Is it available in Ireland and what does the procedure involve?

Rhinoplasty is available in Ireland and you should speak to your GP about the possibility of referral for the procedure. It is performed under general anaesthesia and involves remodelling the structure of the nose. The operation is performed up through the nostrils therefore there are no surgical scars on the exterior of the nose. The nose and area under the eyes may be bruised for a period of days after the surgery. The surgeon usually packs the nostrils in order to splint the remodelled structures in place. The pack is removed within a few days of surgery and breathing through the nostrils is not affected in any way after its removal.