nose correction

What is a nose correction?

Are you not happy with your nose, maybe because of its size and shape? A nose correction can make your nose fit with the rest of your face. The shape of your nose can define the appearance of your face. So much so that a nose correction is often requested. Sometimes a nose-tip correction or a nostril correction is sufficient.

What are the advantages of a nose correction?

  • A specialised plastic surgeon performs the treatment.
  • A nose that fits your face
  • Greater self-confidence.

When am I a suitable candidate for a nose correction?

There are many reasons why one would consider having a nose correction done. When the nose is bent, crooked, too big, too wide or too small, or you could consider having a nose correction done for cosmetic reasons.
However, there can also be medical reasons for this procedure. For example, when you have breathing problems. Also, chronic obstructions or chronic headaches due to an abnormality in the nose can be helped with a nose correction.

How is a nose correction done?

You will be given a general anaesthetic for this surgery. The anaesthetist will administer the general anaesthetic, and he or she will monitor your anaesthetic throughout the entire operation.

There are two types of nose operations:

  • A closed nose correction – this operation is performed through the nostrils, leaving you with no visible scars.
  • An open nose correction – with this operation an incision is made on the outer side of the nasal septum (the bone and cartilage in the nose that separates the nasal cavity into the two nostrils.) This method is used when the nose correction is more complex in nature.

The doctor will inform you during your consultation as to which method will be used for your nose correction. Naturally, the surgeon operates as accurately as possible to ensure that the wound is as small as possible. This makes the scar as inconspicuous as possible.

It will take about half an hour to get you ready for your operation. The operation takes two to three hours to perform. It will take several hours to recover from the general anaesthetic.

nose correction


During your first consultation, you can discuss what bothers you the most about your nose and what you hope to achieve with a nose correction. Photos will be taken prior to your consultation. These photos are for your medical file and you can discuss them with your doctor.
Following the consultation, a decision will be made as to which treatment best meets your needs and will be discussed with you in more detail. The technique used is explained using a photo simulation. This will also give you insight into what you can expect in terms of end results.

The surgeon will ask you some more questions regarding your health, medical history and any possible medication you may be using. Should you use blood thinners, then you should stop using them at least one week before being treated.

Furthermore, we will explain everything concerning your recovery and the possible risks and complications of a nose correction. Afterwards, this information is put together in a treatment plan with a cost breakdown. That way, you can make a well-informed decision.

We understand that this is a lot of information to process. Don’t hesitate to contact us after your consultation should things still not be clear for you.

What can I expect after having had a nose correction done?

You will be expected back at the clinic the following day for a quick check-up. We will then check whether everything is going according to plan. We would also like you to come back seven days after your surgery. The nose cap and sutures will be removed during your first check-up. Although many clients don’t look forward to this, it is not an unpleasant procedure. Next, we will arrange a series of check-ups for three to six weeks after your surgery date. We would also like to see you back at three, six and 12 months after your surgery.

We recommend that you take a week off from your work or schooling when you undergo a nose correction. A second extra week of rest can be beneficial.

For a wound to heal beautifully, quickly, and as nicely as possible, it must get enough oxygen-rich blood flowing through it. That’s why we advise you to not smoke before the operation. The nicotine in the cigarettes narrows the blood vessels which in turn reduces the blood flow to the wound.
Not only this, but tobacco smoke contains carbon monoxide which restricts the amount of oxygen in your blood.
Finally, we would like you to be aware that smoking affects your condition and weakens your immune system.
All these factors increase the risk and frequency of complications in the healing process for those who do smoke rather than for those who don’t. We advise you to stop smoking at least four weeks before your operation and until at least two weeks afterwards.