11th Jul 2024

Preservation Rhinoplasty Explained

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK. While many people are familiar with traditional rhinoplasty, a newer surgical nose operation has gained popularity in recent years - preservation rhinoplasty. This articel will explore what preservation rhinoplasty or dorsal preservation rhinoplasty is and why it might be right for you.


What is Preservation Rhinoplasty?

Preservation rhinoplasty differs from traditional rhinoplasty in that it focuses on preserving as much of the existing structure as possible during surgery. It involves various techniques such as the push down or let down techniques to treat the hump (known as the dorsal hump) on the bridge of the nose. 

The nose tip can also be changed using these techniques whereby instead of removing cartilage the cartilage is reshaped and repositioned with stitches.  

Preservation rhinoplasty can also address deviated septum and crooked noses.

The goal of preservation rhinoplasty is to maintain your current nose while making improvements to its overall aesthetic appeal. The result is a natural-looking nose that compliments your face.

Advantages of Preservation Rhinoplasty

Preservation rhinoplasty has several advantages over traditional rhinoplasty. First, preservation rhinoplasty often takes less time than conventional rhinoplasties because it involves smaller incisions and less manipulation of the nasal tissue. Additionally, since this type of surgery aims to preserve rather than alter the structure of your nose, there will be less downtime required for recovery after your surgery.

Finally, since fewer changes are made to your nasal tissue during a preservation rhinoplasty, there is less risk for complications such as scarring or uneven results, which is sometimes seen with traditional rhinoplasties. 

Reducing the amount of bone and cartilage taken from underneath the bridge of the nose also allows more options for future revision rhinoplasties. Depending on the age of your preservation rhinoplasty, this can be a major advantage for those who want additional refinement at a future date.

Preservation can be an open or closed procedure:

Preservation rhinoplasty can be carried out with an open and closed rhinoplasty techniques.

Open Rhinoplasty:

Open rhinoplasty involves making an incision across the columella, the strip of tissue that separates your nostrils. This allows for more extensive manipulation of the underlying structures of your nose, enabling surgeons to make more significant changes.

Closed Rhinoplasty:

Closed rhinoplasty involves making incisions inside the nostrils. This method offers less visibility to make changes to your nose's structure and is more appropriate for people seeking small changes or corrections. The main disadvantage of closed rhinoplasty is that it limits the type of changes you can make since the incisions are inside your nostrils.

Overall, preservation rhinoplasty offers a balance between making improvements to your nose shape while preserving its natural structure thereby causing less trauma, bruising and swelling.

Who is the Best Candidate for Preservation Rhinoplasty?

Preservation rhinoplasty may be an ideal option if you're looking for subtle improvements to your nose without drastically altering its shape or size. Many people opt for preservation rhinoplasty because it offers a more natural-looking result, less downtime, less bruising and the risk of complications. There's no specific age range for this procedure—it can be an option for people of all ages.

The best way to determine if preservation rhinoplasty is right for you is to talk with our plastic surgeon and discuss your goals. Our Kensington Medical Plastic Surgeon Amir Sadri is a specialist in preservation rhinoplasty plus the other more traditional rhinoplasty procedures. This ensures that in your rhinoplasty consultation you will be advised on the best operation for what you are hoping to achieve.


The three top rhinoplasty procedures are: 

Reducing the size of the nasal tip
Reducing the dorsal hump or bump on the nasal bridge
Reducing the droopiness at the end of the nose or the nasal tip.

Other nose surgery procedures can include straightening a crooked nose, reducing the way the nose projects from the face and solving or improving the nasal airway/breathing and improving the nasal airway.

Depending on the type of nose, preservation can be an option. 

The results from a preservation rhinoplasty can last for years, depending on how well you take care of your skin and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The improvements to your nose structure during the surgery should remain in place. Your Kensington Medical surgeon can explain all the risks and potential outcomes to you before your procedure.

The results from a preservation rhinoplasty procedure can be seen immediately, although it may take a few weeks for the swelling to subside completely. You may experience some bruising around your nose during this time, but this should also resolve in a few weeks.

The answer is yes; however, it can depend on a number of factors. The best option is to book a consultation with our specialist plastic surgeon Amir Sadri who will assess your nose.

The best way to determine if preservation rhinoplasty is right for you is to talk with our plastic surgeon and discuss your goals. Our experienced surgeons can help you decide if preservation rhinoplasty is right for you.

Book a consultation with Kensington Medical, in our Harley street London or our Wimbeldon clinic and our experienced surgeons can help you decide if preservation rhinoplasty is right for you.

Our surgeons specialise in rhinoplasty and have a track record of providing exceptional results. We also strive to make sure that our patients are fully informed and understand their options with preservation rhinoplasty before committing to the procedure.

Contact us today at 0204 551 4892 to learn more about how our team of experienced plastic surgeons can help you achieve your desired nose shape.

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