Rhinoplasty

Overview

Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is designed to reshape or repair the nose by improving the appearance and/or function of the nose. Another procedure associated with rhinoplasty and often performed at the same time is septoplasty, a procedure that opens up nasal passages blocked by a bent septum.

 

Features

Rhinoplasty may be performed for cosmetic reasons or for reconstructive purposes, such as correcting breathing problems. Nose surgery can change the size of the nose as well as its width and profile. The nose tip, shape of the nostrils and balance of the nose (nasal symmetry) can also be altered.

Nose surgery aims to achieve the following results:

  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Make the nose look more symmetrical (keeping in mind that perfect symmetry is not always possible)
  • Make the nose a little smaller or larger
  • Restore the height of a flattened area
  • Alter the appearance of the nasal tip
  • Reduce the size of large nasal openings
  • Correct a hump deformity Improve the look of the nose in relation to the upper lip
  • Correct birth defects
  • Repair damage caused by injury
  • Repair damage caused by disease, such as infection or cancer
  • Open up nasal passages and improve breathing often by performing a septoplasty (surgery on the nasal septum as well as rhinoplasty)

 

Notification

Rhinoplasty is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

Before you decide on nose surgery, there are some important issues to keep in mind:

  • Your surgeon can only work with the existing bone and cartilage structure, so there are limits to how far you can alter the shape of your nose
  • If you need surgery to repair a broken nose, it is best to seek medical attention straight away. Otherwise, the swelling of the tissues can delay surgery for around five days
  • Your surgeon will need to carefully evaluate your nasal structure to ensure that surgery does not interfere with breathing. This may prevent you from having certain procedures
  • The final results may take up to 12 months to emerge, at which point your surgeon will assess the need for further surgery
  • The bones of the face and nose need to fully mature before nose surgery can be performed. For boys, the nose will have taken its final shape by about 17 years, and a girl’s nose by about 16 years. Nose surgery performed while the nose is still growing can interfere with its normal growth and give unpredictable results
  • Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing surgery, you should quit smoking.

Nose surgery may not be a good option for you if you are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
  • Too high risk of having surgical complications

Nose surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • Your facial growth is complete
  • You experience breathing problems
  • You are self-conscious about the appearance of your nose
  • You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • You have realistic expectations of what nose surgery can accomplish
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking

 

Estimated Cost

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anaesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests