A nose job can help to correct the size of the patient’s nose, alter the tip of the nose, narrow the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip, correcting congenital defects or those resulting from an injury, as well as to relieve various breathing problems. Unless it is absolutely necessary, this operation is not recommended to be carried out on anybody under 14–16 years of age. Depending on the type of deformation, corrections can only be made to the bony part of the nose (e.g. in the case of a nasal hump) and/or in the part comprised of cartilage (nose tip rhinoplasty), but they can also be carried out in combination, combining correction of both the bony part of the nose and the cartilage.
The operation is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic, and the patient typically spends 24 hours in hospital.