The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons only recommends the nose job (rhinoplasty) for corrective purposes. It can be performed to remove any defects which may have occurred at birth, due to an injury or other breathing obstructions.
Your nose being a central feature of your face plays a central role in your look and in your personal confidence levels. Nose surgery will change the size and/or shape of your nose by restoring its proportion in relation to your face.
Why Is The Procedure Necessary?
Rhinoplasty is an operation recommended by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for purposes of improving the appearance of your facial evenness.
Some of the benefits you will get from having the surgical procedure include:
• It reduces or increases the size of your nose.
• Removes any nose bump.
• Alters the nose tip or bridge and this also relieves any breathing problems.
• It narrows the span of your nostrils to a perfect size and changes the angle with your upper lip.
• It is performed to help correct any unwanted outcome from a former rhinoplasty surgery as per the Rhinoplasty Revision Techniques in Australia.
How Is It Performed?
During the nose surgery, cuts are made on the inside or in between your nostrils. The goal is to reduce the size of your nose. Some of the cartilage in the middle of your nose is removed to achieve your desired size.
The other objective is to build up your nose. Cartilage and bone may be added to increase the nose size. Changing of the tip or bridge and your nose angle is done by reshaping of the nose’s cartilage and tissue. Your nostril shape and appearance is streamlined through small cuts at the base of each of your nostrils.
The Healing Process
After the surgery, some special ‘packing’ may be fitted inside your nose and a splint on the outside to support the nose. You may also experience bruising and some swelling around the eyes but it usually eases off within a week. After a week you should be ready to resume your normal activities. Your new nose shape will show over the next few months after the swelling settles completely.
The frequently asked questions are:
1. How long will a nose surgery take?
It can normally be performed in 2 to 3 hours with general anaesthetic being administered.
2. How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
It normally requires an overnight stay in the health care centre/ facility. This however depends on the particular patient as we are all unique and different.
3. What is the healing time?
Most of the patients have their tape off within one week and allows them to go back to their normal lives. You can resume sporting activities in 4 weeks and other contact sports in about 8 weeks.
Other common questions are:
• How do I change my nose feature without looking completely different?
• Will I experience breathing difficulties following surgery?
• How expensive is the procedure?
These questions will well be answered by your surgeon just before you engage in the program. This is because there is no generic answer as your case is unique and will be handled according to your special requirements. Be sure to consult a well trained and experienced plastic surgeon that must be approved by the regulatory bodies like the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).