Rhinoplasty or Nose Surgery FAQs

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If you feel that your nose is too big, bulky and that it obstructs your eyes and mouth from being seen or if you have problems breathing, rhinoplasty surgery may be the procedure for you. This procedure focuses on removing any extra tissue from your nose, restoring both its functionality and look.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr Stephen Kleid, MB BS FRACS and Dr Richard Sackelariou FRACS (Plas.), can help restore your nose and its functionality whether the cause is hereditary factors or an injury to the face.

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What Is Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is rhinoplasty?

  • A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes your nose.
  • This is a surgical procedure that can reshape, reduce or enlarge your nose, remove a dorsal hump or correct any asymmetries, be they the way your nose is or a consequence of an injury.

What is the perfect nose?

  • The perfect nose is a combination of realistic desires and understanding how proportions work on the face.
  • Some noses may not suit your face at all, and whatever your surgeon’s level of expertise, your new nose may not make you feel happy about the way your face looks.
  • Think about your perfect nose and discuss your ideas with your experienced plastic surgeon. Together, you will be able to work out an appropriate nose for your face, a nose that would not stick out and look too ‘fake’.

Will a nose job make me prettier?

  • Most patients say that they feel much prettier, whatever the scope of the nose job.
  • A rhinoplasty will remove any asymmetry, humps, or any other feature of your nose you may not like.
  • Consult your specialised plastic surgeon and discuss what results a rhinoplasty could bring you.

Does rhinoplasty change your face?

  • A rhinoplasty may slightly change the look of your face since the nose, as one of the focal points of one’s face, will change.
  • To ensure you are satisfied with the way your nose and face look after your rhinoplasty, have the surgery done only by a professional specialised plastic surgeon and never by a cosmetic surgeon or a non-certified surgeon.
  • Understand that not all surgeries that go bad can be corrected.

Can a nose job change your voice?

  • No, a nose job does not change your voice. However, while the swelling is present, during the rhinoplasty recovery, you may notice that your voice is slightly altered.
  • This will pass as soon as the swelling is gone.

Can rhinoplasty make you look younger?

  • Yes, a well-done rhinoplasty can make you look some three years younger.
  • A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that, in most cases, reduces the size of your nose, and a small nose is perceived as younger-looking. For this reason, your face may look younger as well.

Is wide nose attractive?

  • What an attractive nose looks like depends on you and the way you perceive your nose.
  • Some people may find a wide nose attractive whilst others may find a slimmer nose more attractive.
  • You can speak with your specialised plastic surgeon about nose proportions and attractiveness.

What causes a big nose?

  • A big nose can be a result of several factors:
    • Aging
    • Genitics
    • Trauma to the nose
    • Bumps,
    • Sebaceous cysts.

Your specialised plastic surgeon will be able to assess your nose, tell you where the enlargement comes from and how they can resolve it.

What is the perfect female nose?

  • A perfect female nose is relative to your facial proportions.
  • If you have a wide face, a wide nose may suit you the best.
  • On the other hand, if you have a slimmer, oval face, a smaller nose may suit you the best.
  • Most women say that a shorter nose with an upturned tip looks the best.

Am I The Right Candidate / Nose Surgery Prerequisites FAQs

What is the best age to get a nose job?

  • It is best to get a nose job in early adulthood or even as a teenager.
  • Boys can get a nose job done at the age of 18 at the earliest, and girls at 16.
  • Your experienced plastic surgeon may suggest different ages, depending on how developed your nose is at this age.
  • There is no upper age limit to getting your nose surgery. In general, you should be healthy enough to undergo such a procedure and fully recover from it.

Is 50 too old for a nose job?

No, 50 is not too old for a nose job. Speak with your specialised plastic surgeon about any concerns about your age and having cosmetic surgery. They can check your eligibility for a rhinoplasty.

Is 52 too old for rhinoplasty?

No, 52 is not too old for a rhinoplasty. You should be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Your specialised plastic surgeon will take down details of any chronic conditions you may have, as well as the medication you may be taking and suggest a temporary adjustment in your medication. Always follow your surgeon’s advice on rhinoplasty and medication.

What are realistic expectations of a rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a procedure that can address a wide variety of nose-shape problems. You may have a rhinoplasty to correct your dorsal hump (nose hump reduction surgery), to straighten a nose that has suffered trauma, to make your nose look smaller or to have better contours.

Rhinoplasty Preparation FAQs

What should you avoid before rhinoplasty?

  • Before a rhinoplasty procedure, you should avoid smoking for at least six weeks, drinking alcohol for at least two weeks and suntanning for at least two weeks.
  • Smoking can increase the complication rate; alcohol can promote swelling and inflammation.
  • Suntanning can damage your skin, which will be specifically sore after your rhinoplasty.

Should I shave before rhinoplasty?

  • Yes, you should shave 2-3 days before your rhinoplasty. Moustaches and beards can be home to many bad bacteria, so getting rid of this extra surface from your face will prevent infections and post-op complications.
  • You may want to delay shaving after rhinoplasty for around two weeks.

Can I take vitamin C before rhinoplasty?

  • You should never take vitamin C before nor after rhinoplasty.
  • Vitamin C increases the scarring of the tissues and may cause a wider scar, an unsightly or a hyperpigmented scar, as well as keloid formation.
  • Although the nostrils are not a place where keloids would normally appear, your columella, the column between your nostrils, may develop it.

Can I brush my teeth before rhinoplasty?

  • Yes, you can brush your teeth before a rhinoplasty. If brushing your teeth the morning before a rhinoplasty, make sure that you:
    • Use a brand new, out-of-the-box soft toothbrush,
    • Do NOT use any toothpaste – getting the toothbrush wet with water will suffice,
    • Do NOT swallow any of the water – it is best to not rinse your mouth after tooth brushing the morning before your rhinoplasty.

How do I choose a rhinoplasty nose?

  • Most men rhinoplasties are done to remove the dorsal hump and correct a nasal deviation.
  • In women, most rhinoplasties are done to correct the shape of the nose, such as making it more narrow, getting an upturned nasal tip, or reducing the nostril size.
  • When choosing your rhinoplasty nose, always consult a specialised plastic surgeon because they can tell you what nose would go well with your face.
  • Taking Paris Hilton’s nose and putting it on Kim Kardashian would not do it, and so your desired rhinoplasty nose may not suit your face.
  • Plastic surgeons have a thorough understanding of the human body and its proportions and aesthetics.

How do I choose the best surgeon?

  • The best rhinoplasty surgeon will be a surgeon that:
    • Is board-certified,
    • Has ample experience and education in the field,
    • Is internationally recognised,
    • Can operate in hospitals and clinics,
    • Has a great support team,
    • Has thousands of satisfied patients.

Avoid cheap surgeons and backroom clinics. You risk becoming a dissatisfied patient with below average results.

Nose Surgery Procedure FAQs

What is Reduction Rhinoplasty?

  • Reduction rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the nose.
  • The procedure means that your specialised plastic surgeon reduces the length and width of the nose’s protrusion.
  • It is by far the most common rhinoplasty procedure in both men and women as it restores the balance and the proportions of the face.

What is Augmentation Rhinoplasty?

  • Augmentation rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that enlarges the nose.
  • Your nose may be too small due to various reasons, such as hereditary factors, ruined rhinoplasties, injuries or infections.
  • The procedure improves the size and the contour of your nose and restores a pleasant appearance of your face.

What is alarplasty?

Alarplasty is a rhinoplasty surgical procedure that removes some tissues from the base of the nose to reduce the size of the base of the nose and the ‘flaring nostrils’. It is a very common procedure, especially in people of Asian and South American descendants. If you think your nose is too wide at the base, this may be a procedure for you.

Schedule a consultation with our specialised plastic surgeons and gave your condition assessed by them.

What is septoplasty?

  • Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that straightens the nose bone and cartilage.
  • Due to injuries, broken nose or other factors, such as nasal cartilage infection, your nose may be bent or leaning to one side. Septoplasty surgery can correct this, regardless of the level and the scope of deformity.

What is Turbinectomy?

Turbinectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the turbinates, protrusions in your nose that warm and moisten the air as you breathe. When they get too enlarged, they may cause problems breathing and block the airways. To relieve the symptoms, your specialised plastic surgeon can remove the turbinates (turbinectomy procedure), or they can reduce their size or change their shape (turbinoplasty procedure).

What is Osteotomy?

  • Osteotomy is any procedure that changes the shape of your bones by cutting or shaving them.
  • Osteotomy rhinoplasty is often done for dorsal hump reduction or nose bump removal.
  • The procedure is done by a specialised plastic surgeon and takes some 2-3 hours to complete in a surgical theatre.

How long is a nose job surgery?

  • A nose job surgery can take anywhere between 2-4 hours.
  • Sometimes, the procedure can be even longer, depending on your case and the type of procedure being done.
  • Since a nose job surgery is one of the most difficult procedures to master (it’s a combination of science-medicine and art-aesthetic), always choose the best rhinoplasty surgeon.

What percentage of nose jobs go wrong?

  • Around 10% of nose jobs go wrong, either due to patient’s unrealistic expectations or because they choose a non-certified surgeon to do the operation.
  • A certain percentage of rhinoplasties can cause dissatisfaction even if the best available surgeons do them.
  • Choosing the best-specialised plastic surgeon can significantly minimise the risk of a nose job gone wrong.

Rhinoplasty Recovery FAQs

How painful is a rhinoplasty?

  • Rhinoplasty is not a painful procedure. During the procedure, your specialised plastic surgeon will put you under general anaesthesia so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort.
  • After the procedure, your surgeon will instruct you to take pain medication.
  • The pain is usually gone within 2-3 days.
  • Several days after your rhinoplasty, you may still feel some discomfort, but the pain should be gone.

How long does it take for a nose job to heal fully?

  • The initial healing stage of rhinoplasty can takes approximately 2-3 weeks.
  • During this period, you will experience swelling and bruising and you may feel some discomfort.
  • Six weeks after rhinoplasty, you will be able to resume most activities, but some swelling will persist.
  • It can take up to a full year to see the final rhinoplasty results.

How long will my nose be blocked after rhinoplasty?

  • After a rhinoplasty, your nose will be blocked by nasal splints.
  • One week after your rhinoplasty, your specialised plastic surgeon will remove the nasal splints.
  • Any obstruction in the airway that is present after your surgeon removes the splints is the result of swelling and will clear on its own as the swelling subsides.
  • Once the recovery is over, you will enjoy your new nose and much clearer airways.

Why is my nose so big after rhinoplasty?

  • Your nose will be bigger after rhinoplasty because of the swelling.
  • Swelling is a normal part of the recovery after any surgical procedure and may take two or more weeks to clear.
  • Having a healthy diet and very mild physical activity can promote blood flow and reduce inflammation. This way, you can speed up post-rhinoplasty healing and have a smaller nose in a shorter time.

How long does the nose stay swollen after rhinoplasty?

  • Your nose will stay swollen for some two weeks after a rhinoplasty.
  • After this period, your swelling will start to dissipate, but it may take several months for the swelling to disappear completely.
  • To reduce the swelling, you can follow a healthy lifestyle and stay as healthy as you can.
  • Any blows or trauma to the nose can increase the rhinoplasty swelling and prolong the rhinoplasty recovery.

Will tip of my nose go down after rhinoplasty?

  • Yes, your nasal tip will go down after a rhinoplasty. This may take several weeks to several months for a complete restoration to the normal size.
  • If you have had a tipoplasty or a tip rhinoplasty, the swelling can be somewhat smaller than with a regular rhinoplasty.
  • After a tip reduction rhinoplasty, the recovery time is generally the same.

Does rhinoplasty change your smile?

  • No, rhinoplasty or a nose job does not change the smile.
  • You may look or feel prettier after a rhinoplasty procedure, but this is the result of a new balance that your specialised plastic surgeon has given to your face.
  • You may also feel that your smile is more ‘open’ because the dorsal hump removal took place, and now the nose is not the focal point of your face anymore.

Can I brush my teeth after rhinoplasty?

  • Yes, you can, and you should brush your teeth after a rhinoplasty.
  • When brushing teeth after a nose job, you should be careful not to exert too much pressure, as touching the upper lip can promote discomfort in the nose.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and use mild, short strokes to brush your teeth.
  • When rinsing, use a cup of water to rinse since rinsing directly from the faucet or your palm can get your nose wet and increase the risk of infections.

What can you not do after rhinoplasty?

  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, stress, and inflammatory foods before your rhinoplasty. These choices can make you much healthier and promote fast and healthy healing of your nose.
  • Alcohol drinking and smoking can be particularly bad for you since they increase the risks even in the surgical theatre.

Why do I throw up after surgery?

  • Throwing up after your rhinoplasty surgery is a common side effect of anaesthesia.
  • It can also be caused by taking medication on an empty stomach, eating food that your healing body may not digest as easily as before as well as dehydration.
  • To avoid vomiting after a rhinoplasty, always listen to your surgeon’s advice and take medicine to prevent nausea.

How do I not throw up after rhinoplasty?

  • If you have issues with throwing up after a rhinoplasty, there is a medication that you can use to reduce the urge to vomit.
  • These medications will be prescribed to you by your doctor and may offer significant relief.
  • If you find yourself still having to urge to vomit after your rhinoplasty, talk to your specialised plastic surgeon and discuss changing the therapy.

Can I take Sudafed after rhinoplasty?

  • No, you should not take Sudafed after a rhinoplasty.
  • Sudafed will not relieve your rhinoplasty nose congestion and may cause the drying of the mucous membrane in the nose. If this happens, developing an infection may be significantly easier, and you may experience the urge to sneeze, which can be very painful and dangerous after a rhinoplasty procedure.
  • Always consult your specialised plastic surgeon before using any medication after plastic surgery.
  • Your specialised plastic surgeon will be able to tell you exactly what medication you should use without compromising the results of your plastic surgery.

How long after a nose job can you kiss?

  • Depending on the scope of your rhinoplasty, you may want to wait for up to eight weeks before engaging in any activities involving the face, such as kissing and having intimate moments with your partner.
  • Kissing as soon as one month after your rhinoplasty can pose serious stress on the nose that is still healing, and any blow or trauma to the face can compromise the results.

Nose Surgery Longer-Term Results FAQs

Do nose jobs last forever?

  • Yes, a nose job lasts forever.
  • The bone and cartilage and even the skin removed during a reduction rhinoplasty are removed for good, and you may enjoy the new shape and contours of your face for your entire life.
  • The nose will keep growing, though, as this is a normal part of the aging process, although no hump will return, and the general shape of the nose will stay the same as after the rhinoplasty.

How does a nose job age?

  • How well your nose job will age depends primarily on the techniques that your surgeon uses, as well as hereditary factors and any trauma to the face you may have suffered.
  • In general, a reduction rhinoplasty can weaken the base of the nose, and some collapsing can be seen decades after your initial rhinoplasty.
  • There are now techniques that are part-reductive, part-reconstructive, that can provide longer-lasting results. However, some patients may choose not to have this kind of rhinoplasty since it is open rhinoplasty and takes significantly longer to heal.
  • The best way to prevent any long-term undesired effects is to have realistic expectations, respect your body and choose the best plastic surgeon you can find.

Will my nose bump come back after rhinoplasty?

  • No, your nose bump will not come back after a rhinoplasty.
  • The nose bump removal or dorsal hump rhinoplasty is a procedure that completely removes the bone and cartilage so they cannot grow back.
  • If you notice a bump on your nose years after rhinoplasty, consult your specialised plastic surgeon, as this may be a sebaceous cyst and may have to be removed.

Nose Surgery Risks And Complications FAQs

Can you ruin your rhinoplasty?

  • Yes, you can ruin your rhinoplasty. The best ways to ensure good rhinoplasty results follow:
    • Always choose a board-certified specialised plastic surgeon with ample experience in rhinoplasty
    • Always follow all advice given by your surgeon, to ensure a quick and safe recovery
    • Avoid any trauma to the face following your rhinoplasty
    • Avoid unnecessary surgical procedures in your face after a nose job, and make sure to communicate to your surgeon that you have had a rhinoplasty if you intend to have another plastic surgery.

Can smiling ruin rhinoplasty?

  • Smiling should not ruin your rhinoplasty. However, extensive smiling, laughing, talking too often and for too long, prolonged chewing or using chewing gum days after your surgery can cause irritation and discomfort. It can also prolong the rhinoplasty recovery period and compromise the results.
  • Avoid any strenuous activities and keep your face as calm as you can for at least a week or two after your rhinoplasty.

Is it bad to cry after rhinoplasty?

  • You should not cry after your rhinoplasty since crying is a very strenuous facial activity.
  • When you cry after rhinoplasty, your nasal muscles shrink, and the tears from your eyes enter the nasal canal.
  • This increases the chances of infection and prolongs the recovery time.
  • Crying after a nose job can also significantly increase discomfort and cause complications.

Can I sniff after rhinoplasty?

  • You should not sniff or blow through your nose after a rhinoplasty.
  • Although this may be an unwilling, even a reflexive action, you should try to resist the temptation to sniff or blow your nose, as the pressure may cause compromised rhinoplasty results.
  • Always follow your specialised plastic surgeon’s advice and rhinoplasty recovery timeline.

Can I wear a mask after rhinoplasty?

  • In the initial few days after rhinoplasty, you should not wear a mask. Instead, you should spend as much time inside as you can to make sure that your recovery is quick and safe.
  • If you have to go outside, make sure to wear a disposable, single-use or cloth face mask on your nose, and make sure they fit loosely around your nose.

Can a nose job make your nose bigger?

  • Initially, after your nose job, your nose will be bigger due to swelling.
  • Swelling after rhinoplasty is normal and will subside on its own in a matter of weeks.
  • However, if you want to have an augmentation rhinoplasty, your specialised plastic surgeon can use cartilage transplant from one part of the body to another to enlarge your nose.

What are the cons of getting a nose job?

  • A long recovery time, pain and swelling are the biggest cons of getting a nose job.
  • However, it is still one of the most commonly done plastic surgery procedures, as it yields life-long effects and has a high satisfaction rate.
  • You can discuss any concerns you may have about the cons of a nose job with your specialised plastic surgeon.

Do you throw up after a nose job?

  • You may feel nausea after a nose job.
  • This is a normal occurrence, and your specialised plastic surgeon will give you anti-nausea medication that you should take as prescribed.
  • The urge to vomit after rhinoplasty may come from the anaesthetic that your specialised plastic surgeon used or from a quick return to a normal diet.
  • Always eat small, light and easily digestible meals after your rhinoplasty.

Has anyone died during rhinoplasty?

  • Extreme complications after rhinoplasty are extremely rare.
  • Death during a rhinoplasty is a rare instance and is usually a result of extreme malpractice and a surgeon who does not know what they are doing.
  • A rhinoplasty is such a common and often-practised procedure that even bleeding during rhinoplasty surgery is very rare.
  • This concern should not deter you from having this procedure.
  • Schedule an initial screening with your specialised plastic surgeon today and discuss this and any other rhinoplasty concerns you may have.

Rhinoplasty Financing FAQs

Is rhinoplasty worth the money?

  • Yes, rhinoplasty is worth the money.
  • Rhinoplasty can be both a cosmetic and a functional procedure. As such, it removes any airway blockage; it restores the shape, the look and the function of the nose.
  • You will be proud of your new nose and will enjoy the benefits of a well-balanced face for years to come.

How much is a good nose job?

  • A good nose job in Australia can cost anywhere from AUD 8.000 to AUD 20.000.
  • This estimate includes basic work and costs, such as the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s and hospital expenses.
  • Depending on your case, the cost may be even higher, as every patient is unique, and so are the prices.

Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?

  • Insurance may cover rhinoplasty only if it is deemed a medical necessity.
  • If you experience temporary or permanent obstruction of your airways, you should consult your experienced plastic surgeon and see if you qualify for insurance coverage.

Is rhinoplasty covered by Medicare?

  • Rhinoplasty is an elective cosmetic surgery that Medicare rarely covers.
  • To qualify for partial coverage, you should have your surgeon assess your case and see whether the turbinates in your nose may obstruct the airways.
  • Even if you do qualify for Medicare coverage, Medicare will only cover that part of the surgery deemed a medical necessity and will not cover any other costs, such as a dorsal hump removal.

What rhinoplasty is considered medically necessary?

  • Turbinoplasty and turbinectomy are two types of rhinoplasty that are considered medically necessary.
  • If you have issues breathing and want to have a full breath again, consult your specialised plastic surgeon and see if your case qualifies for insurance coverage.

Is rhinoplasty worth it?

  • Yes, the rhinoplasty procedure is worth it.
  • You will be able to breathe better, have higher self-esteem and have a better-balanced face than before this procedure.
  • A rhinoplasty or a nose job is a very common procedure with few complications and is considered a safe procedure with good results.
Last updated: 18/05/2022
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Dr Stephen Kleid - ENT Surgeon MB, BS FRACS
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for aesthetic nose surgery. rhinoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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