The nose is the most prominent feature of the face, and as such, may be a key factor in creating facial balance. A slight change to the nose can make a dramatic difference to facial appearance and in some cases improve self-confidence. A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, works to address these concerns.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose to improve its function and/or change its appearance. This procedure may be completed in conjunction with a septoplasty, which is performed when the nasal passage is blocked by the septum.
Nose surgery can change the size of the nose and alter its width and profile. Furthermore, the nose tip, nostril shape and nasal symmetry can also be modified.
Rhinoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. You may consider nasal surgery if you have wish to:
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Change your nasal symmetry
- Reduce or enhance the size of your nose
- Change the appearance of the nasal tip
- Remove a bump or divot
- Reduce the size of nasal opening
- Repair damage caused by injury
- Open up nasal passages to improve breathing
This procedure is performed under a general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility by a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
How is a Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia with incisions often made across the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. Through these incisions, the skin covering the nasal bones and cartilage is gently raised, allowing your Specialist Plastic Surgeon access to re-shape the structure of the nose.
A rhinoplasty typically reshapes and reduces the nose by removing bone or cartilage. Sometimes, rhinoplasty may also require cartilage grafts, typically from the septum, although occasionally from the ear or rib.
A deviated septum can also be straightened and the projections inside the nose can be reduced to improve breathing during rhinoplasty surgery.
Once the underlying structure of the nose has been sculpted into an improved shape, the nasal skin and tissue is redraped and the incisions are closed.
Who is a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Patients may undergo rhinoplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Rhinoplasty could be considered if you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose or have an internal defect that interferes with breathing, such as a deviated septum.
The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty surgery is someone who:
- Has completed their facial growth
- Suffers from nasal functional concerns such as breathing problems
- Is physically healthy and without medical conditions that may impair healing
- Has realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can achieve
Rhinoplasty Before and After
The first step is having a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, during which you can discuss expectations, ask questions and receive a detailed explanation of what happens during the procedure.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also important to prepare for your recovery before your rhinoplasty. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery. You must stop smoking at least six weeks prior to, and six weeks following your procedure.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your con-sultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accred-ited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
Swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes is common, and will improve during the following weeks. You may also be required to wear a split following your procedure to help stabilise the nose.
Our clinical team will provide you with advice to follow post operatively to assist with your recovery and ensure the best possible result.
All surgical procedures will result in scars however there are steps that can be taken to ensure visible scars are kept to a minimum. For instance, keeping your incision site protected from the sun, using tape and massaging the area once healed.
The cost of rhinoplasty is dependant on a number of factors. This includes the complexity of the procedure, the experience of the surgeon, anaesthetic fees and hospital fees. Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support of-ficers will organise a quote.
Medicare and private health insurance may cover a portion of the costs if this procedure is deemed medically necessary.
To receive a more accurate cost for this procedure, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
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