Information on Rhinoplasty

The nose determines the overall look of your face. Many people are unhappy with the size, shape and position of their nose. The nose is the central feature of the face and how it looks can determine what the face looks like overall. Nose reshaping surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed across the world.

Surgeons can make your nose smaller, more prominent, slimmer, wider or smooth away unwanted lumps or bumps to help you to feel completely confident in your appearance.

The size or shape of your nose can make a huge difference to the way your face looks and, if you are unhappy with it, this can seriously affect your self-confidence.

Your expert nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all your options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure.  They will assist you with the initial steps towards surgery and ensure that you are placed with the very best plastic surgeons in Sydney.

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Does your nose appear too large for your face?

Is there a bump on the nasal bridge when viewed in profile?

Does your nose seem too wide when viewed from the front?

Does the nasal tip droop or plunge?

Is the tip thickened or enlarged?

Are your nostrils excessively flared?

Is your nose off-centre or crooked?

Has a previous injury made your nose asymmetrical?

You will have increased self-confidence from a new profile – patients often say they are happy to have photos taken of themselves with their new nose and new-found confidence.

It can help with increased self-esteem and a removal of a common cause of jibes and teasing.

It creates a harmony of appearance and correcting the asymmetry of your facial features and gives you the option of changing hairstyle.

The operation takes around two hours and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

The procedure will not affect the appearance of the skin at all.

No visible scars can be seen.

Size and shape of the nose can be corrected.

Reshaping the nose can improve the appearance of the whole face.

Your expert nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all your options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure while assisting you with the initial steps toward surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you about the surgery, discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

You will be able to present your expectations to your plastic surgeon.

It is very important that you explain the changes you are trying to make to your plastic surgeon – you will need to have realistic expectations, particularly with nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), your plastic surgeon will tell you what is possible.

Your Profile Perfection nurse will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the plastic surgeon.

The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making. It allows you to make a decision when you are satisfied with the information you have received.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and possibly draw marks on your nose in preparation for your surgery.

Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent and answer any last minute questions you may have.

The size, shape and length of the nose can all be altered through a nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) operation.

The scars are usually all internal and therefore not visible.

If the nostrils are to be reduced, there will be minimal scarring which is well hidden in the nostril crease.

The lower part of the nose is made up of cartilage and if your nose tip needs to be reduced, a part of this cartilage will be removed without visible scarring.

If your nose is deviated or bent you may be offered septo-rhinoplasty to straighten the nose.

At consultation your plastic surgeon will examine your nose and advise you on the most appropriate procedure for you.

The skin of the nose is separated from the supporting bone and cartilage. It is sculpted to the desired shape using the technique the surgeon deems best. The bone and the cartilage of the nose are altered to the desired shape. The skin is then repositioned over them in order to give am ore pleasing result.

There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures and they are the closed and the open technique

The closed technique is performed inside the nostrils where a few tiny incisions are made. The open technique makes an incision across the vertical strip of skin between the nostrils. In this way, the plastic surgeon will have a better view of the deeper nasal structures.

The patient’s individual nose and their personal preferences will be taken into consideration before deciding which procedure to perform. Here are the steps of the operation. Patients will either go through all the steps or only some of them. This will depend on what they want done on their nose.

  • General anaesthetic is given to the patient. This means that the patient will be asleep during the entire procedure.
  • The profile can be modified by reducing the height of the nasal bridge. This is done by shaving the upper cartilages and septum
  • For decreasing the nose length, the surgeon resects the terminal part of the septum and corrects the upper lateral cartilage
  • The rounded appearance of the nose is reduced by cutting a portion of the alar cartilage
  • In some cases, the septum is trimmed in order to have a shorter nose
  • The nostrils can be narrowed by using a wedge. This can be removed through a skin incision. The scars that will result from this technique will hardly be noticeable
  • If the bridge of the nose is to be narrowed, the surgeon will cut the nasal bone and gently push the bones together. This technique is called an infracture.
  • On occasion, grafts of cartilage taken from the septum or the ear of the ribs are used to correct or build out or up the nose. The bridge line or the nasal tip is highlighted.
  • After the surgery, a splint will be applied to support and maintain the new shape of the nose. This will be removed after one to two weeks.

When you wake up from your anaesthetic you will have a splint over the bridge of your nose, possibly packs inside the nostrils and possibly ice packs over your eyes, to minimise bruising and swelling.

If packs are inserted inside your nose, this will mean that you will have to breathe through your mouth until they are removed the following morning.

Painkillers will be offered to you; however, the congested nasal feeling is more the reason for the discomfort. The packs will be removed prior to you going home and this will help to make your breathing a little easier.

The rhinoplasty surgery will take around one to two hours to complete. Rhinoplasty surgery generally requires an overnight stay at the hospital. On occasion, where only minor corrections to the nose are required, it may be possible to return home on the same day.

Your face will feel puffy and your nose will ache during the first two days. You can remedy the pain through prescription painkillers from your surgeon.

You will need to rest in a semi-upright position for the first few days and avoid bending down.

There may be some slight bleeding from your nostrils and this can be dabbed away with a tissue. We do not expect a heavy nosebleed – however, any heavy bleeding or other concerns should be reported promptly to your Cosmetic Nurse Counsellor.

It is surprisingly pain-free. Very few patients experience any pain and instead experience only a little discomfort. It is actually deemed as the least painful cosmetic procedure and feels like a heavy head cold.

There will be bruising and swelling around the eyes for about three weeks. There will be bleeding in the early days after the surgery. You will not be allowed to blow your nose for a week so that the nasal tissues may heal. By the end of a week, your dressings, splints, and stitches will be removed. You should refrain from any strenuous activity for three weeks and avoid any contact sport for two months. You will also be required to visit your surgeon for follow-up visits after the surgery in order to monitor your progress.

After surgery scars are rarely visible as the incisions are made internally.

You will need to wear a small plaster dressing (splint) for about 7-10 days following your operation. This will help stabilise the new nose shape and also protect you from any accidental knocks or bumps.

Every patient has a different healing and recovery rate. Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about after a couple of days from surgery and are able to return to work after a week. However, your plastic surgeon will recommend that you take about two weeks off from work so that your body can focus on healing and regeneration.

Will rhinoplasty surgery be painful?

Patients do not consider rhinoplasty surgery to be painful surgery. Patients have described it as the feeling of a heavy head cold. It is deemed as the least painful of cosmetic procedures.

Will there be scarring after undergoing surgery?

No visible external scars will be present. If the plastic surgeon would like to decrease the size of the nostrils then small incisions will be made in the nasal fold.

How long does the treatment take?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

Will I need to wear bandages?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse at Profile Perfection for more information…

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully. There are many points that should be considered before deciding to have any type of cosmetic treatment or surgery.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your cosmetic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you will feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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