Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Nose surgery or Rhinoplasty – the medical term for this procedure – is an extremely well-known form of elective surgery to reshape or modify the shape and size of the nose. Another name for nose surgery is ‘nose job’ or ‘nose reshaping’ and is not only requested for cosmetic reasons, but may also be performed to correct breathing and sinus issues.

The nose can be made smaller, larger, straighter. Nose surgery can smooth bumps, lumps and imperfections, it can modify the nasal tip, nostrils, nasal asymmetry and deviation. It can also correct a birth defect or repair any damage that may have been caused by an injury or disease (such as cancer).

There are many benefits of having this procedure, such as creating an ideal symmetry of the face and therefore improving the overall look of a person. This may help to increase one’s self confidence. The earliest recommended age for having this procedure is the mid teens because younger than this the nose may still be growing. There is generally no upper age limit providing the patient is in good health.

Why have Nose Surgery?

The most positive aspect of having rhinoplasty surgery is that you will have little or no visible scarring. Depending on what you would like done to your nose, the usual procedure begins with the plastic surgeon making small incisions inside the nose or across the underside of the nose between the nostrils and altering the structure and shape of the nose. The reason for this technique is so that after the procedure and once the swelling has gone down; the skin will shrink back and fit the new nose perfectly and naturally.

If the individual would like to alter the shape or size of the nose, the surgeon will work on the cartilage within the nose and remove or shape parts of it to create the ideal nose for the individual. Patients who have breathing problems because of irregularities in the internal structure of the nose can have this remedied at the same time as the nose alterations are being undertaken.

There is another kind of nasal surgery which is used to straighten the nose known as ‘Septro-Rhinoplasty’. This is completed by plastic surgeons to rebuild the nose and make it straighter. Both septro-rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty itself fall under the category ‘Augmentation Rhinoplasty’.

The procedure for your Rhinoplasty will vary depending on your unique needs. There are two common methods used, the Open technique and the Closed technique.

In the Closed technique, incisions are made inside the nose and the cartilage is worked from with the nostrils.

In the Open technique, in addition to internal incisions, an incision is made across your columella (the cartilage that separates your nostrils). The skin is lifted, allowing the surgeon greater access to perform the procedure.

Risks and Complications

Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.

There are several risks and complications that are possible with procedures completed under general anaesthetic. These risks include; suppressed breathing, lowered blood pressure, heart failure and even the risk of death. These issues by law will be discussed with you by your surgeon prior to having the procedure. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

The risks associated with having rhinoplasty surgery can include the following:

Post operative bleeding, which is caused by the surgery itself, this is not uncommon however it usually corrects itself over time.

Infections can occur after this surgery and can lead to an abscess forming. If it does not go away on its own, this can result in the infection being treated with antibiotics and the abscess being drained either with local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic, as it can be uncomfortable.

Adhesions can cause the airway to become obstructed. An adhesion is scar tissue created by the immune system to heal the area, which has been damaged. One cannot control the growth of this scar tissue and it may have to be removed if it affects your airways and your breathing. This will need to be done under general anaesthetic.

If the surgeon removes too much osseo-cartilaginous framework, this can result in the end of the nose structure becoming weak and this can cause it collapse in on itself resulting in the nose looking like it has been pinched at the end.

Q. Are there any age restrictions for undergoing nasal surgery?

A. Yes, the usual age that you can start having this surgery is around 15 years old with parental consent. This is due to the fact that prior to this age, the individual’s nose may not have finished developing.

Q. Is nasal surgery painful?

A. This is relative to the individual, however it is only natural to feel discomfort after having this surgery. After the surgery, the surgeon will usually prescribe you some painkillers to control the pain.

Q. How long does this surgery last?

A. The surgery usually lasts between two to three hours however, this is again relative to the individual and what kind of nasal surgery they are having. This is an approximate time and may be increased if any complications arise.

Q. Will I like what I see straight after the surgery?

A. Straight after the procedure there will be a huge amount of discolouration, swelling and bleeding so the short answer is no. Give it time and as the swelling goes down the nose will begin to look natural. Most patients after a time suggested by their surgeon, are extremely happy with the results.

What does Rhinoplasty cost? What does a nose job cost?

It depends on the surgeon and hospital you choose and the amount of work involved in your surgery. Make sure you ask your surgeon if his price includes the hospital stay and the anaesthetist.

Approximately $6,000 – $12,000

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Dr Yong Ju Yang Dr Yong-ju Yang – Rhinoplasty Master! October 9, 2015 - Dr Yong-ju Jang, MD, PhD is Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology at the Asan Medical Center located in the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. Immediate past president of the Korean Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and also serving as the Vice-president of Pan-Asian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr Jang has written two textbooks on rhinoplasty, and contributed chapters to various rhinoplasty textbooks. He has published 43 scientific papers on rhinoplasty in a number of international journals and was an invited speaker on rhinoplasty in 61 international conferences held in more than 20 countries. He is therefore, an extremely knowledgeable industry heavyweight on the subject of Rhinoplasty. Dr Jang is also one of the keynote speakers at the AAFPS Conference on in Sydney at the moment. I was lucky enough to be able to ask Dr Jang a few questions. Questions: PSH: How does Rhinoplasty differ in Asian societies as opposed to Western societies? Is there a different ideal of beauty and the type of nose that is requested? Also, are there any structural differences and considerations when performing rhinoplasty surgery? Dr Jang: In Asian rhinoplasty, making the nose bigger and […]
AAFPS Masters Symposium 2015 Rhinoplasty Master Symposium: Sydney Nose Best October 8, 2015 - The nose takes centre stage as over 150 of Australia’s top Facial Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons meet in Sydney this week for the inaugural combined conference of the AAFPS and ASPS – focusing on Functional and Aesthetic Rhinoplasty. Better breathing, less snoring and marital facial harmony are all more achievable when rhinoplasty is performed at its best. “Nobody knows more about noses than the keynote speakers we have attracted to this meeting,” says Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS) President and Symposium Co-Convenor, Dr George Marcells. “If this meeting was held anywhere else in the world, there would be 1,000 surgeons attending,” says Symposium Co-Convenor, Mr Peter Callan, a Plastic Surgeon and member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The intimate nature of this meeting being held at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney from 8-10 October 2015 provides an opportunity for sharing close to 1,500 years of combined knowledge and hands-on experience with what is regarded as one of the most difficult procedures to perform. “What makes a good nose job?” “Who has the most desirable looking nose?” “What techniques provide the best, most predictable, & long lasting results for patients?” …These are just some […]
Plastic Surgery Cost Pricey Procedures – What does Plastic Surgery Cost? January 28, 2015 - What does it cost? This is one of the first questions anyone usually asks when it comes to looking at plastic surgery. The answer is it greatly varies. We have done the research for you and come up with a general price guide for each procedure. These are an approximate guide only; each doctor, surgery and clinic can vary dramatically in their pricing. It can also depend on how much work is involved in your particular procedure, which hospital you choose and how much after care is required. Whether you are insured or not can also make a big difference. It pays to note that just because a particular surgeon charges less, does not by any means make them a less competent surgeon. In fact, quite a few of the leading surgeons actually have very competitive prices. When asking for an estimate on a particular procedure make sure you ask the surgeon if that includes your hospital stay, the anesthetist and the pre and post op consultation fees. The prices we have listed below are inclusive of all charges involved in the procedures and are in Australian Dollars. Breast Augmentation $7,000 – $15,000 Abdominoplasty $6,000 – $16,000 Rhinoplasty $8,000 – […]
Dr George Marcells Dr George Marcells – An Interview November 6, 2014 - Dr George Marcells is undisputedly considered a leader in the field of Rhinoplasty and is often consulted by other top plastic surgeons looking to tap into his expertise. President of the AAFPS, he presents regularly at Facial Plastic Surgery conferences both in Australia and overseas, and was recently one of the key players at the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery’s (AAFPS) The Triennial Masters’ Symposium, focusing on Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation held in Sydney in September. We were lucky enough to be able to ask Dr Marcells a few questions. You are the leader in the Deep Plane Facelift. Can you give us a brief description of what that is? The deep plane facelift is a highly anatomical lift that places an emphasis on structure to give long lasting, natural results. My aim is to re-contour the neck, jawline and mid-face into a natural, more youthful position. This deep fixation takes the tension off the skin so as not to get a pulled appearance. While the Deep Plane Facelift is heralded as a much more successful and natural looking facelift, are there any candidates for the procedure you would not recommend for this kind of lift? Are there […]
Michael’s Rhinoplasty almost a year ago - great nose job! Michael’s Rhinoplasty almost a year ago – great nose job! May 29, 2014 - Michael had rhinoplasty last year. He sent us a couple of photos this week and made the comment of how different it actually is when you look at the photos. After first having it done he didn’t really feel there was a great difference. What with the swelling and complication that he had after the surgery, he felt it was still the same. Now we all know that the body can take a while to heal, and sometimes we forget that we may just need to let nature take it’s course. So this is when the waiting game begins. Surgery is a big decision to make, and a big step to take, so it’s vital to let the body heal afterwards and equally important to keep your expectations real. If you have a Barbara Streisand kind of nose, it’s probably going to be unrealistic to expect that you will end up with a little Angelina Jolie kind of nose – and you really want your nose to fit your face – so what you’re after is a better or smaller version of your own nose. I love Michael’s new look. He still looks the same, just kind of different? I […]
3 Plastic Surgery Procedures That Blend Form & Function 3 Plastic Surgery Procedures That Blend Form & Function May 20, 2014 - Although the majority of plastic surgery procedures in Australia are performed solely to enhance a person’s looks, many procedures are also done to improve the function of a certain body part. Read on to learn how plastic surgery can give you more than just a pretty face: Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” is an incredibly versatile procedure that can alter the size, shape, projection, and contours of the nose. But many people, explains Dr. Chase Lay, rhinoplasty surgeon in San Jose, pursue the surgery to improve their respiratory function. The nose is a complex part of the face, made up of an intricate network of bones and cartilage. Many common respiratory concerns, such as a deviated septum, are caused by misshapen or misplaced structures. A deviated septum is a relatively common condition that occurs when the nasal septum is tilted or displaced, blocking airflow through one nostril. A deviated septum can contribute to snoring, frequent sinus infections, nosebleeds, facial pain, and other symptoms. And although minor symptoms can often be managed with medication, more severe cases are better served by surgical intervention in the form of rhinoplasty or septoplasty. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to improve the nose’s appearance and […]
Daddy Do Over March 26, 2014 - We have all heard of the Mummy Makeover, helping mums regain their bodies after childbirth, but what about Dad? Of course mum bears the full grunt of childbirth but what happens to Dad? With the stress of parenthood, the lack of sleep, exhaustion and time constraints comes the unwanted physical changes that yes, even dad deals with too. Many would say we are in an age where the gender role is in a flux. With more and more men seeking cosmetic procedures it seems it is no longer just the girls that are taking their physical appearance seriously. Recently we wrote about the statistics of more men seeking botox, you can find that article here. But research is also suggesting that dads are in the top 4 types of men seeking cosmetic procedures. Often Dads feeling the physical affects of parenthood are looking for a Daddy-Do-Over, which is generally a number of cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, jawline recontouring and an eyelift performed in a single surgery. Dr. Pouria Moradi from Sydney’s East performs a number of male cosmetic surgeries. Although he doesn’t package Daddy-Do-Overs he does see a number of dads seeking out cosmetic procedures due to the lifestyle […]
Michael - Rhinoplasty - Real Story Michael – Rhinoplasty – Real Story July 10, 2013 - Michael’s Story – Rhinoplasty “I am very happy with the way my nose is starting to look” Michael is a 32 year old male who has had long term breathing problems. In addition to this medical condition he had been unhappy with the shape of his nose. The decision to have the cosmetic surgery was prompted by a friend who had just had successful Rhinoplasty and he began to think more about it. Ideally he would like his nose to be finer and less pronounced. Initially he didn’t have a clear picture of what exactly he wanted done. He visited a plastic surgeon to have a preliminary consultation and to see exactly the things that could be done. Because he didn’t know what he wanted done he was looking for the surgeon to tell him what to have done. At the end of this consultation and with a clearer understanding of the possibilities the doctor told him to go home and to give it more thought. When he went back for his second consultation he was able to give the surgeon a clear picture of how he would like to have his nose shape improved. Michael’s final instructions to his […]

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