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Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty has many facets to it and as such is one of the more common procedures performed by plastic surgeons due to its complexity. Depending on the patient’s wishes for improved shape, breathing, or both will determine how the procedure is done.

As the nose is the centrepiece of the face, my goal in rhinoplasty surgery is to balance the outcome you desire in the nose with what suits your face. This is so that the surgery produces a natural improvement, keeping in line your identity and creating a harmony with the rest of your facial features.

The technique for rhinoplasty is varied and depends on what best to achieve your end goal. Rhinoplasty may be performed through a ‘closed’ technique where all incisions are kept hidden inside the nostrils. This is my preferred technique if the majority of the surgery is for the upper half of the nose and has the benefit of no external scars and less swelling. An ‘open’ approach is adopted for noses where change is desired in the lower half, or more difficult noses which have had previous repeated trauma or surgery. The incision for an ‘open’ approach has an external extension that goes through the bridge of skin between the nostrils (columella) – this is a well hidden area.

The possibilities for nasal surgery are many. Patients’ wishes vary from a more defined or straighter nasal bridge, to a reduction in the bump on the bridge of the nose; to a narrower, refined tip or nasal base, or a reduction in nostril flaring. All aim for the same outcome, which is to restore a more ideal proportion to the nose whilst retaining features that complement the individual’s identity.

If you also have breathing difficulties, previous surgery or breaks to the nose, these can often be improved at the time of surgery and is an important part of the assessment at the time of my consultation. It may also require further imaging in the form of a CT.


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Time

The operation takes from 1.5 -2.5 hours depending on complexity.

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Hospitalisation

Generally a one night stay in hospital.

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Risks

Risks are general to any procedure and specific to rhinoplasty. I will go through these with you in detail based on your individual risk profile. This will also be included in your surgery pack that will be provided after your initial consultation.

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Recovery

A nasal splint is necessary after the operation that I remove about 7-12 days after. There is sometimes bruising that may be masked by makeup in the second week that resolves at week 3.

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Cost

Initial consultation is $300. The second consultation is at no charge.

The total cost of the procedure (surgeon, anaesthetist, hospital fees) and any rebates you may be entitled will be calculated for you after your initial consultation. Post-operative consultations are not charged.

It is advisable to bring a referral from your GP especially if you have had previous trauma, nasal surgery, or breathing issues as you may be eligible for rebates from Medicare and your health fund that will offset some of the above costs. In these cases, you may wish to have your GP arrange a CT scan of your nose and sinuses for you to bring to save time at your consultation.

You will be given an accurate written quote after your first consultation.

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