Rhinoplasty (more commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’) is a surgical procedure that reshapes or resizes the nose. It’s performed for a variety of reasons, which might include removing a visible bump on the nasal bridge, reshaping a nasal tip that’s droopy or enlarged, or re-aligning a nose that is off-centre or crooked through genetics or an injury. It might also be necessary to correct breathing issues.

Dr George MarcellsDr George Marcells, a highly respected and talented Facial Plastic Surgeon based in Bondi Junction in NSW, recently convened the AAFPS Rhinoplasty Symposium in Sydney and is well known for his excellence in facial plastic surgery. We asked Dr Marcells to give us some insight into what can be achieved by having a quality Rhinoplasty procedure done by a qualified and suitably experience Australian practitioner. “Rhinoplasty is a complex surgery that combines both art and science, making it one of the most difficult surgeries to master. Even the slightest change in shape or structure can cause breathing problems and other functional issues. This is why rhinoplasty has a very high revision rates compared to other types of cosmetic surgeries.”

Getting a nose reshaped is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. It is performed under general anaesthesia and as Dr Marcells mentions above; can often be a very complex procedure.

Types of Rhinoplasty include:

  • Straightening the bridge
  • Reshaping the nose’s tip
  • Increasing or decreasing the size of the nostrils
  • Correcting the nose after an injury
  • Opening breathing passages
  • Making the nose bigger or smaller
  • Removing a hump/lump on the nose

So, what defines a beautiful nose? New research suggests that a woman’s look is enhanced when, measured from the lip up, the optimum angle of rotation at the nasal tip is 106 degrees. Researchers have tested the public’s reaction to a range of different angles and rotation to identify this ‘perfect’ nose’. This included comparing famous public figures/celebrities considered to have desirable noses (the noses often asked for when undergoing plastic surgery).

However, ideally, Dr Marcells says the best results are always about facial harmony. “For many of my patients the greatest motivating factor for surgery is to readdress the imbalance they feel between how they look and how they feel. It’s about DELIVERING A NATURAL RESULT, TAILORED TO THE INDIVIDUAL.”

For young people, Rhinoplasty surgery should only be considered after they have finished growing. This usually means 16 for girls and around 17 or 18 for boys. Sometimes treatment is appropriate at an earlier age if an internal defect is causing serious breathing problems. Dr Marcells says, “I have had patients as young as 14 years who have required surgery for severe functional deformity, however, the general rule is 17 and over.”

Rhinoplasty is also one of the more affordable forms of plastic surgery, with prices ranging from $6,000 to $12,000 depending on the surgeon, hospital stay, and procedure to be performed.

The best Rhinoplasty surgeons are artists – they are capable of combining the logical step by step left brain thinking required for most surgeries, with their artistic right brain skills to create a beautiful nose. This point cannot be underestimated. This is why it’s important to look at before and after photographs at your consultation with your surgeon – you’ll know whether you like the end result of his work when comparing before and after photographs.

Experience, time in the operating room, complexity and sometimes even the surgeon’s reputation does not always produce a beautiful nose. It is similar to asking the question, what is it that creates beautiful art? You could answer this incorrectly by saying that it depends on the cost of the paint, the canvas, the brushes, the amount of time it takes to paint, the rent costs of a studio, etc. The correct answer is simply that it is the same as that which makes the difference between a Da Vinci painting and one by a less naturally talented or skilled art student:

“To be a plastic surgeon and specialise in Rhinoplasty you must be an artist and a genius.” – Daniel Reichner, MD

We truly believe this to be the case. Aesthetic surgery when done well is physical art in the making. This is especially important for Rhinoplasty because of the highly visible (and functional) results of the surgery.

If you would like more information on the facial plastic surgeon and artist Dr George Marcells click here, or phone his office directly on 02 8069 5443 to arrange a consult.


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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