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Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty (Nose Job) Brisbane

A nose job is one of the mostly commonly pursued cosmetic procedures. At NorthEast Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on treating every patient as an individual, so you can achieve the results you’re looking for.

Why consider a rhinoplasty? | Rhinoplasty surgery consultation | Rhinoplasty surgery | Recovery period | Book Consultation

Why Consider Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty Surgery?

Nasal surgery aims to optimise the size and shape of the nose in order to achieve harmonious facial proportions and address airway obstruction which may cause nasal airway blockage or snoring.

Features of the nose which can be addressed surgically include:

  • Excessive size in proportion to other facial features
  • Prominent nasal hump when viewed from the side
  • Excessive nasal width and flaring of the nostrils when viewed from the front
  • The nasal tip
  • Airway obstruction and difficulty breathing through the nose

Rhinoplasty Surgery Consultation

The aim of your initial consultation with your surgeon is to assess your suitability for surgery and understand your expectations for your procedure, as well as informing you of the potential limitations to achieving your desired outcome and any associated risks.

While patients may request a particular nose, a more natural appearance, in keeping with the overall facial features, typically proves a more achievable and thus more satisfying result. Limitations to surgery include underlying anatomy, skin quality and scarring from previous trauma.

Patients seeking rhinoplasty or septoplasty as a result of trauma are advised to bring photographs taken prior to injury.

As part of their assessment, your surgeon will need to be made aware of any relevant medical history, including tendency towards bleeding and/or bruising, intake of prescription and non-prescription medications, allergies, history of smoking, as well as psychological or psychiatric issues.

Pre-operative Management

Pre-operative management is vital to ensuring your safety during and after surgery. Your surgeon may even request further medical assessment, such as a blood tests, in order to fully determine your suitability for surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you on any necessary lifestyle changes, such as temporarily stopping or modifying intake of prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements. Smoking must cease six weeks before and following surgery and any nicotine-containing products need to be ceased two weeks before and following surgery.


Though complications are rare, it is important to understand that every surgical procedure incurs risks. Risks common to all operations include infection, complications with surgical wounds, excessive bleeding or bruising, swelling, and problem scarring. Any surgery performed to correct such complications will potentially incur its own risks.

Risks specific to rhinoplasty surgery which can improve over 18 months to two years include swelling, redness and numbness of the nasal skin. Specific risks which may require revisional surgery include asymmetry, contour irregularities, palpability and visibility of underlying structures and airway compromise.

Revisional surgery is necessary in approximately five to 10 percent of patients who undergo rhinoplasty and septoplasty surgery.



There is a cost for an initial consultation at our Brisbane clinic, with the potential to receive a portion of this back via Medicare where eligible for rebate, provided you have a referral from your GP. You can call our Brisbane office on 07 3180 3400 to enquire about any out-of-pocket costs before your initial consultation as well.

During your consultation, your surgeon will provide a personalised quote for your procedure. In accordance with guidelines for advertising of regulated health services, we do not advertise set prices for any of our procedures on our website.

Your Rhinoplasty / Septoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty can be performed internally through the nostrils such that there is no visible external scar although an incision under the tip of the nose is sometimes necessary, resulting in a small external scar. Septoplasty surgery can be performed internally. The most appropriate surgical access incisions will be discussed during your consultation.

Surgery is performed in an accredited hospital and patients may be kept in hospital overnight for pain management and antibiotic therapy or if appropriate as a day procedure. Internal wounds are repaired with dissolving stitches and a small number of external skin stitches, to be removed five to seven days after surgery, may be required.

At the completion of surgery, internal nasal packing and an external splint are applied. Packing is removed within a week and the splint removed within two weeks. Nasal taping is continued for a further two weeks, as required.

Recovery Period

It is important that access to medical attention is available by telephone once you have been discharged. Issues about which your surgeon needs to be made aware urgently include pain uncontrolled by medication, bleeding to the extent that the dressings soak through with blood, temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius, redness of the skin or any concerns related to the surgery.

The post-operative recovery period normally takes two weeks, during which the nose and eyes can be swollen or bruised. External splints and internal nasal packing may be required and your surgeon will advise on your expected recovery time during your pre-operative consultation.

Nasal swelling typically improves for six to eight weeks after surgery. Whilst most patients can return to work within two weeks of surgery, overall improvement can be expected to take place over several months.

Second Opinion

Mr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast) and Dr Sugitha Seneviratne FRACS (Plast) provide second opinion to patients seeking to address previous cosmetic plastic surgery problems and revisions for already ‘botched’ surgery. If you would like a second opinion on previously undertaken surgery, book a consultation to discuss this with one or both of our surgeons.

Before & After Photos

As the privacy of our patients is of the utmost importance to us, we do not provide before and after photos on our website. You will be shown a number of before and after images during your private consultation to illustrate the potential outcomes of surgery. These images have been provided by previous patients who have consented to their private use.

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P 0411865055
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NorthEast Plastic Surgery
Wickham House
Level 1 155 Wickham Terrace
Spring Hill
Queensland 4000

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