As the central feature of the face, the nose can determine your overall look. A rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure that can address several of the most common nose related concerns including:

  • Reduction in size
  • Reduction in length
  • Removing or reducing a bridge hump
  • Adjusting nostril size and shape
  • Amending asymmetry
  • Reshaping the tip of the nose
  • Improving or alleviating breathing difficulties

 

TYPES OF RHINOPLASTY

  • Open Rhinoplasty: a cut is made across the skin between the nostrils leaving a fine scar which gradually fades.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty: involves tiny cuts inside the nostrils leaving minimal, mostly internal, scarring
  • Septo-Rhinoplasty: straightens the nose to correct a deviated septum
  • Rhinoplasty-Tip: cartilage is removed to reduce the tip without visible scarring
  • Nostril Alteration: involves tiny incisions with minimal scarring which is hidden in the nostril crease.

 

THE RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE

Before the surgery you will meet with your surgeon to discuss:

  • Your reason for undergoing nose reshaping surgery.
  • The changes you are trying to make.
  • The results you would like achieved – you need to maintain realistic expectations.
  • Activities to be discontinued prior to surgery including smoking and taking certain medications.

The day of surgery will require some preparation before the procedure:

  • You will be asked to be ‘nil-by-mouth’ for up to six hours.
  • Your surgeon will prepare you for surgery – and may draw marks on the skin
  • Final consent will be obtained at this time your surgeon will answer any last minute questions


The surgery itself will:

  • Be performed under general anaesthetic
  • Take around two hours
  • Leave minimal scarring
  • Requires an overnight stay in hospital

Immediately after surgery

  • A splint is placed over the bridge of your nose, possibly packs inside the nostrils and possibly ice packs over your eyes, to minimise bruising and swelling
  • You may not be able to breath through your nose; drink plenty of fluids to help avoid a sore throat
  • Painkillers will be offered, however the congested nasal feeling is more the reason for the discomfort.

Following your surgery you will:

  • Experience some numbness, bruising and swelling which gradually fades
  • Have slight bleeding from your nostrils which can be dabbed away.
  • Need to rest in a semi-upright position for the first few days and avoid bending down.
  • Be required to come in to the clinic for a post operative appointment 7-10 after surgery
  • Find contact lenses are difficult to insert or remove; glasses may be uncomfortable.