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.
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:
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 ‘celebrity 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 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.
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.
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.
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