We have compiled a guide on Nose Surgery for patients who are considering making changes to the appearance and functionality of their nose. You will need to consult with a fully qualified and experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon to assist in helping you achieve your desired nasal aesthetics and improve any breathing difficulties you may be experiencing.
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This complete guide to Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:
- Your surgery explained
- How to assess if you are a suitable candidate.
- Planning for your surgery
- Answers to most frequently asked questions.
- Before and after gallery
- Learn more on Rhinoplasty
What is Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery?
People may choose Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery to change the aesthetic appearance of their nose. Common goals include reshaping the nose, reducing or increasing its size, refining the tip, straightening a crooked nose, or removing bumps on the bridge of the nose
Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery can also be performed to correct structural issues in the nose that impede proper breathing and airflow. This is often referred to as Functional Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty. Deviated Septum, Nasal Valve Collapse and other structural problems can be addressed to improve breathing.
Furthermore, an irregular nose or internal nasal structures can cause respiratory problems. So what often begins as a cosmetic operation to change the appearance of the nose often subsequently improves function as well.
We offer many Nose (Rhinoplasty) surgery procedures, all of which have either a functional, reconstructive, cosmetic or aesthetic role. Not only may nose surgery reduce or enlarge and alter the shape, by widening or narrowing the nose, it may also in many cases improve airflow making breathing easier than it was prior to the surgery.
Nose surgery is a technically difficult procedure and it takes years of experience to provide the patient with their desired result. A surgeon needs to have knowledge of the different methods and their use. They also need to know the specifics of each patients individual problems, which in turn leads to not only good nasal functionality but also ensures normal breathing and the satisfaction of the patient.
Am I a Suitable Candidate?
Generally, a suitable candidate for Nose Surgery is someone who:
- Is not happy with the shape and size of their nose
- Suffers from breathing difficulties caused by structural issues within the nose
- May have experienced a nasal injury, such as a broken nose
- Has a congenital or developmental issue
- Is fully matured – Nose Surgery is usually only performed after puberty, when the nose no longer changes or grows
- Does not smoke
- Has realistic expectations
Like all surgical procedures, the best nasal and cosmetic surgery is one that is individually created for the patient. We all have a different nasal structures, so it is necessary to perform detailed examinations and consultations in order for your specialist surgeon to find the suitable solution for you and your problem
Potential Outcomes Of Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery
Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery can offer several potential outcomes, both cosmetic and functional, depending on the individual’s goals and needs. Some of the potential outcomes of nose surgery include:
- Changed Aesthetic Appearance
- Nose (rhinoplasty) surgery may alter facial appearance.
- It can address aesthetic concerns such as nasal bumps, crookedness, asymmetry, and an uneven nasal tip.
- Functional Improvement
- Nose (rhinoplasty) surgery can correct structural issues in the nose, allowing for improved airflow and alleviating breathing difficulties.
- In some cases, Nose Surgery may help reduce or eliminate snoring caused by nasal obstructions.
- Correction of Trauma
- Nose (rhinoplasty) surgery can restore the appearance and function of the nose after traumatic injuries or accidents.
It is important to note that the specific outcomes of Nose Surgery will vary from person to person, and the procedure should be tailored to meet individual goals and concerns. To achieve the desired results and ensure safety, it is crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon who can assess your unique situation and provide personalised recommendations. Additionally, having realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery is essential for satisfaction with the results.
Most Popular Nose Surgical Procedures
There are many techniques and types of Nose Surgery. They are all different and have different goals, so it is necessary to go through a detailed consultation with our Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon to choose the right option for your needs. Some of the most popular Nose Surgeries are:
Tip Only Rhinoplasty
This type of Rhinoplasty shapes and changes the tip of the nose. This technique may be suitable for those that only want to alter the tip of their nose.
Rhinoplasty is the most common and extensive of the procedures used to change the shape, size, or width of the nose.
While Rhinoplasty is for aesthetic appearance, Septoplasty is for the function. Septoplasty removes obstructions inside of the nasal septum that complicates the airflow and breathing. It is often done in conjunction with Rhinoplasty and other aesthetic procedures.
As the name suggests, Septo-Rhinoplasty is a combination of Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty surgery. The goal of this surgery is to eliminate the functional problems of the nose while also altering the aesthetic appearance.
A Rhinoplasty revision is undertaken if the first rhinoplasty didn’t create the desired result. The reason may be dissatisfaction or to correct an issue that arose from the first surgery.
Some facial features are more common among specific ethnicities than others. Asian rhinoplasty is a complex type of rhinoplasty whose technique most often shapes the noses of people of Asian ethnicity.
Alarplasty – Nostril Reduction
This surgical process focuses on changing the shape and size of the nostrils. It can be a separate surgical treatment or performed in combination with another aesthetic or functional nose operation.
Sinus Surgery – Sinusitis
Sinus surgery is often the last step in fighting sinusitis and other respiratory problems caused by sinuses. This operation is fully functional and in no way affects the aesthetic appearance of the nose.
Sleep Apnea Surgery for Snoring or OSA
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) also known as Snoring Surgery can be performed along with Nasal Surgery – it is a surgical procedure that removes obstructions in patients suffering from Sleep Apnea by expanding the airflow space of the throat.
Risks and Complications
Like all invasive surgery, Nose Surgery has several risks and potential complications. These can include but are not limited to;
- Swelling and bruising
- Nasal blockage
- Changes in sensation
- Unsatisfactory results
- Functional issues
All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Nose surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.
Recovery After Nasal Surgery
Each recovery is individual and determined not only by the patient’s age and general health but also by the experience of your specialist Surgeon and the extent of the surgical procedure. Following the Surgeon’s instructions can greatly determine recovery as successful, quick, and painless.
Furthermore it is important that you attend follow up appointments so that your Surgeon can assess and monitor your results, ensuring optimal recovery.
For more information on Nose Surgery Recovery, you can visit our page with instructions and guidelines to help you get your recovery going as smoothly as possible.
Nose Surgery Melbourne Cost and Prices – How Much is Nose Surgery Melbourne?
Prices largely depend on the type of plastic surgery, the extent of the procedure, and the patient themselves. It is impossible to set a fixed price before going through a thorough consultation with your specialist surgeon and determining the best course of action to achieve the desired results.
As a rule, procedures that are purely cosmetic are not covered by Private Health Insurance, while those that impair the functionality of your body and breathing are generally covered. It is important to consult with your Surgeon to find out how much if any of your procedure costs fall into the group of those funded by Medicare and Health insurance funds.
Dr Stephen Kleid – Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine
FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.
Why Choose Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery?
It is important to research a Surgeon’s qualifications and experience before deciding on the Surgeon. You can check your Surgeon’s credentials at AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised Plastic Surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons), ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or ISAPS International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) as some of the qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.
About Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Stephen Kleid is a highly experienced, fully qualified specialist Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) with current FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) membership. He is dedicated to patient care and education for revision nose reshaping surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcome.
Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Is Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery surgery painful?
- Nose (rhinoplasty) surgery discomfort or pain levels vary from patient to patient.
- Discomfort may also depend on surgical techniques or degree of tissue correction(s) required
How to treat pain after nose (rhinoplasty) surgery?
- Local numbing: Anaesthetic numbing injections in the nose region can help reduce pain after surgery
- Numbness: You may feel numb or have intermittent numbness for several weeks to several months as you heal
- Discomfort: Pain or discomfort may be treatable with gently applied cool packs or other methods (ask your Surgeon for instructions as some methods could harm your results)
- Medications: your surgeon may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter options for your post-nose (rhinoplasty) surgery for pain management.
How do I reduce pain or discomfort after nose (rhinoplasty) surgery?
- Follow your Surgeon’s instructions for all preoperative preparations and post-op care
- Sleep elevated by propping yourself up on pillows as recommended
- Do not do too much too soon
- Attend all required follow up consultations and follow pain management or icing recommendations provided by your Surgeon or Care Team
- Never smoke or burn incense or other perfumed substances that may impact your nasal functions
- Advise your Surgeon if you have any unexpected symptoms or concerns (e.g. local area skin irritations, elevated temperature, moderate to severe pain, difficulty breathing and/or unexpected nose bleeding or related concerns)
Is it difficult to breathe after having Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty?
- Yes, it may be difficult to breathe through your nose just after having Nose Surgery and/or Septoplasty
- Nose breathing difficulty after Rhinoplasty normally lasts for 2 to 4 months, longer for most patients (allow up to 6 months)
- While some patients are able to resume nasal breathing in just a few days’ or weeks’ time, for others it may take anywhere from 9 to 12 months or even 18 to 24 months before nose area swelling resolves
- Patients may find they need to breathe through the mouth until they reach a further point in their recovery.
Is nose (rhinoplasty) surgery permanent?
- Yes, the results of nose (rhinoplasty) surgery are generally permanent.
- However, subsequent revision nose (rhinoplasty) surgery may be necessary due to trauma, poor healing or ageing.
Further Reading – Medical References
Our Most Popular Blogs on Nose Procedures
- How much does Nose Surgery cost in Melbourne?
- Will Medicare Cover My Rhinoplasty?
- Ethnic Nose Job – Features of Non-Caucasian Noses
- 6 Common Nose Shape Concerns that Rhinoplasty can resolve
- Open Vs Closed Rhinoplasty Surgery
- How to get the Best results from Revision Rhinoplasty
- Risks of Rhinoplasty & Nose Surgery
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your consultation with your surgeon
- A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).
- A Nose Consultation & Nasal Examination with Dr Stephen Kleid is $600 (and may be eligible for a $170 Medicare rebate)
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- We also recommend writing out any questions you may have before your consult.