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What is rhinoplasty?

Surgery to change the appearance of the nose.

What does rhinoplasty do?

  • Face

    Changes nose shape

Who can have rhinoplasty?

  • There is no defined age limit, but most surgeons will not operate on someone under 16, as the nose is still developing

How long does rhinoplasty last?

This treatment is permanent.

How do I stay safe?

To ensure you are receiving the safest possible treatment, you should follow this advice from the Care Quality Commission on how to choose cosmetic surgery.

Information for under 18s

There is no set lower age limit for cosmetic facial surgery. However, the General Medical Council recommend 1 that:

  • Cosmetic surgeries must only be given to minors when it is in their best interests
  • Even if you have capacity to consent, you will be encouraged to involve your parents in the decision
  • If you do not want to have a cosmetic surgery, you should not have one, even if your parents consent on your behalf
  • Cosmetic surgeries should not be marketed towards under 18s

Where can I learn more?

You can find more information about rhinoplasty on the NHS website.


  1. 1.
    General Medical Council (2016) “Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions.” Link


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