Non cosmetic elective procedure
- Hospital fees may be covered by private health insurance
- Day or overnight procedure
Why would you choose to have rhinoplasty?
- Change the shape of your nose
- Change the size of your nose
- Change the length of your nose
- Correct the dorsal hump or hook nose
- Change width of nostrils
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Improve airflow through your nose
Nose Job is one of the most popular facial procedures performed by cosmetic/plastic surgeons. Saying this, we encourage patients to research and understand all of the post-surgery healing that’s required before deciding to undergo such a procedure. We understand that facial surgery is not something to be entered into lightly, so here at Form and Face, our resident surgeon Dr Benjamin Norris will discuss and examine you thoroughly. You are also encouraged to express your concerns and desired post-operative results in depth during your consultation.
What happens at first consultation?
Nose job surgery is a very personal choice and every person has their reasons for making the decision to undergo surgery. Dr Norris will focus on your goals, desires and what you hope to achieve from the procedure during your consultation. He will also discuss any concerns you might have about the surgery or recovery. Dr Norris will evaluate your nose by assessing your skin tone, the condition of your breathing and bone structure, and the position of your nostrils. He will then examine your CT scan and photographs will be taken for your medical records. Dr Norris will discuss how the operation is performed, where the scar will be placed, and what areas need to be focused on. You will then be provided with a detailed quotation, which will include your options for surgery. If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr Norris will see you again at a second consultation.
How is rhinoplasty surgery performed?
A nose job is performed under general anaesthetic. Once you are asleep, Dr Norris will mark out the planned incision (if open rhinoplasty). The nasal skin will then be elevated, allowing the underlying framework to be reshaped. This will entail not only repositioning your nasal bones but also altering the shape of your cartilages, in order to produce a fine, well-defined nose.
Depending upon what was discussed at your pre-operative consultation, additional procedures undertaken to improve your breathing may also be performed at this time. Such procedures include a septoplasty and/or a turbinate reduction procedure. Other adjunctive procedures include alar base narrowing or sill reduction to address nostril flaring. Upon completion of the rhinoplasty procedure, skin closer is performed using delicate fine sutures. A custom-made nasal splint will be applied to your nose for additional support and protection.
What to expect after the procedure?
The importance of after-care in the recovery process cannot be overstated. Dr Norris emphasises the importance of taking good care of yourself following a rhinoplasty procedure to ensure that your body has time to heal and look its best.
That being said, most patients undergoing rhinoplasty surgery at Form and Face are able to return to work within 12-14 days after their procedure.
- Immediately After Surgery – Pain, swelling, and bruising are all common after surgery. Some patients go home immediately after rhinoplasty surgery while others stay in hospital overnight. Following your procedure, you should rest in a semi-upright position to help you stay as comfortable as possible and minimise swelling. Should you remain in the hospital, you will be given pain medication as needed. You will be attended to and cared for to ensure that you feel comfortable and secure during your recovery.
- The First Few Days After Rhinoplasty Surgery – When you return home, you will continue to take your prescribed medication as required. You may expect to feel sore and fatigued for several days, so be sure to schedule enough time for rest. Dr Norris will advise that you sleep with your head elevated with 3 pillows to reduce swelling in the first week. This will also prevent you from rolling into a position that could place unnecessary pressure on your nose.
- The First Few Weeks Following Rhinoplasty Surgery – The recovery time period for rhinoplasty surgery depends on whether you have required a surgical break to correct a large hump or wide nose. Most Form & Face nose job patients return to normal activities within 2 weeks. Dr Norris cautions active patients to avoid any contact sports for several months.
How much does a nose job cost in Sydney?
A nose job is a very personalised procedure and because every patient’s needs are so different, there is no way to determine an accurate cost without scheduling a consultation. Along with the specifics of your nose job, hospital and anaesthetist fees will also need to be taken into account. If you are looking to rectify breathing difficulties or reconstruct your nose following trauma, applying for a rebate from Medicare or your private health insurance may be possible – this can also be discussed during your consultation.
Rhinoplasty surgery carries the same risks as any surgery, including risks for complications from Anaesthesia. Beyond these risks, Dr Norris lets patients at Form and Face know about some other risks: Your nose may remain swollen and sensitive to the touch for up to 3 months or longer. Dr Norris recommends that his rhinoplasty surgery patients avoid any strenuous activities that could raise pulse and blood pressure.
- Bleeding – post operative bleeds are very rare, however if this occurs you must return to the hospital immediately.
- Prolonged swelling – Rhinoplasty has the longest recovery when referring to swelling. We can only advise to be patient and trust the surgeon’s advice. Excess swelling though can be managed by steroid injections into the swollen area.
- Breathing issues – Even though all surgeons take the utmost care when correcting your aesthetic look, on the rare occasion, this can affect the functional side of your nose. If you are a revisional rhinoplasty the risks are increased.
Whether or not open or closed rhinoplasty will be performed is dependent on your aesthetic goals. During open rhinoplasty, incisions will be made on the inside of the nose as well as under the nose between the two nostrils. In the case of closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made internally.
Open rhinoplasty is a better choice when a surgeon requires better visibility and access to more of the internal structures of the nose. Basically, open rhinoplasty is ideal in more complex cases and when you require a more dramatic change.
If only minor changes are required, closed rhinoplasty may be enough to achieve your goals. As you can imagine, because the incisions are made inside the nose, there will be no scarring. Closed rhinoplasty can be used to narrow or straighten the bridge of the nose or adjust the appearance of the tip.
In the event that a primary rhinoplasty procedure doesn’t go as planned due to an unqualified surgeon, revision rhinoplasty may be possible. When a surgeon doesn’t have the necessary skills and experience, patients can be left with breathing difficulties and an unbalanced appearance.
Revision rhinoplasty can be more complex than the original procedure. This is mainly because there will more than likely be scar tissue present. Revision rhinoplasty also requires your surgeon to reinforce your nasal structures using the cartilage you have left and deal with other unknown variables.
If you are considering a revision procedure, Dr Norris will first need to determine whether you are an ideal candidate before proceeding.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to rhinoplasty. To ensure that your nose looks natural, Dr Norris will assess all your facial features and develop a surgical approach that will enhance your unique traits.
If you are concerned that certain cultural traits that have been passed down in your family will be lost after surgery, mention this to Dr Norris during your consultation so that this can be taken into consideration. Rhinoplasty is an art and the finer details matter.
In short, your nose will always look like it belongs on your face and will enhance your natural beauty.
People visit us at Form and Face eager to enjoy the facial rejuvenation and improved appearance that cosmetic surgery can provide. The nose remains a central key element in the context of facial beauty. Rhinoplasty can greatly improve the symmetry of your face and enhance the appearance of other facial features.
Here at Form & Face, we provide patients with a
Lifetime followup guarantee
This means that we will be there for you far beyond the recovery period.
You can rest assured knowing that you can come to us about any
post-surgical concerns for the rest of your life.