Rhinoplasty FAQ

This is one question that can’t be answered without a consultation. Every patient has very unique features and specific requirements, which no two rhinoplasty procedures are exactly the same. The extent of the work that needs to be done is one consideration in terms of cost. Anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees will also need to be factored in. If rhinoplasty is required for medical reasons, such as correcting breathing difficulties caused by a deviated septum, the procedure may attract a Medicare rebate. Dr Sawhney can explain this to you in more detail during your consultation and provide you with a more accurate price estimate.

Whether or not Dr Sawhney uses an open or closed rhinoplasty technique will depend on your unique requirements. Open rhinoplasty is generally best suited to anyone who wants to make extensive changes to their nose. The procedure time is slightly longer because the surgery is more invasive but scarring is not a concern because the incision is very small. If you’re undergoing revision rhinoplasty, an open technique is generally used. If you only want to make some minor changes to your nose such as correcting the tip of nasal bridge, closed rhinoplasty is the ideal approach. Dr Sawhney will discuss the required technique with you during your consultation once your nose has been evaluated.

Rhinoplasty can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic. Dr Sawhney will discuss the best option for you during your consultation. Once the anaesthetic has been administered, Dr Sawhney will make an incision across the small area of skin that connects your nostrils. This is the case for open rhinoplasty. In the case of closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made on the inside of the nose. The skin is then moved away from the underlying structures of the nose so that Dr Sawhney can remove or reshape the inner bone and cartilage. The skin is then draped back over the nose and the incision is closed up. Dressing and a nasal splint is applied before you’re moved into a recovery area for several hours.

If your procedure is significantly complex, you may need to spend a night in hospital. In other instances, patients are able to return home on the same day as their nose job, provided someone is able to drive them home. Following your procedure, you will need to wear a nasal splint and possibly dressing for about a week. Swelling and bruising can be expected, particularly around the eye area. These effects can last up to two weeks and will vary in severity depending on how your body reacts to the surgery. Patients need to spend at least a week at home after rhinoplasty but two weeks is ideal. Once the splint is removed, your nose may be slightly swollen but it will be very mild. This swelling can last up to six months. It’s important to wait at least six months before deciding you are unhappy with the results of your nose job. Any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks, as should any activities that could damage your nose before it’s healed. Dr Sawhney will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions that will help make your recovery as smooth and simple as possible.

A consultation with Dr Sawhney is a must. Your medical history, concerns, goals and expectations all need to be discussed before your surgery can be planned. In terms of how to prepare for your surgery, leading a healthy lifestyle is a first step. If you are a smoker, it’s highly recommended that you quite for several weeks before and after your procedure. Smoking can slow down and affect your recovery negatively. There are also certain medications and supplements you will need to avoid prior to surgery. In terms of other preparations, make sure that someone is available to drive you home and assist you for a day or two. This is particularly important if you have small children at home.

Any type of surgery does carry some degree of risk, which is something all patients should be aware of. Some of the potential complications associated with rhinoplasty includes infection, pain, heavy nosebleeds, numbness, breathing difficulties. Many of the potential side effects can be avoided and if they do occur, the effects are almost always temporary. Dr Sawhney will carefully take you through all of the potential risks and complications during your consultation.

In many instances, rhinoplasty is paired with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures, including face and brow lifts. It all depends on your goals and expectations. Dr Sawhney would need to evaluate whether you’re a viable candidate for a combination surgery during your consultation. You may need to schedule them separately.

To request your cosmetic rhinoplasty consultation with Dr Raja, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Rhinoplasty plastic surgery in the Gold Coast, model 01, Dr Sawhney

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty / Nose Job Gold Coast

“For some, the projection, shape or overall size of their nose can be a source of insecurity and even embarrassment.”

A nose job, or cosmetic rhinoplasty, is a procedure designed to address cosmetic or functional issues with the nose, helping patients to achieve better facial harmony and balance. At Sculpted, extensively experienced rhinoplasty surgeon Dr Sawhney performs cosmetic rhinoplasty with a professional, empathetic, and understanding approach to help patients achieve their dream results.

While a nose job is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, it’s important to note that it is certainly not a simple surgery, and without the knowledge of a surgeon with significant experience in this area, patients can be left with a result which they do not feel has fully addressed their concerns. In fact, many people find themselves seeking a second rhinoplasty to correct unsatisfactory cosmetic results or even different issues which have occurred as a direct result of surgery that has not gone quite as expected. Disappointment can be avoided by carefully selecting an experienced surgeon.

All about Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Your nose is the centrepiece of your face, and a key element in the harmony of your features. For those who feel that the aesthetics of their nose do not balance well with their other facial features, this imbalance of harmony can be a source of despair.

Whether you are considering cosmetic nose surgery to correct a defect with the aesthetics or function of your nose, or to correct an issue which has occurred due to trauma or injury, this procedure can have life-changing effects.

Why undergo a nose job

Each patient will have different reasons for undergoing cosmetic rhinoplasty, and the decision to do so is quite personal. A nose job procedure can address a variety of aesthetic concerns, including:

  • Overly large nose
  • Overly long nose
  • A largehump in the bridge of the nose, referred to as a dorsal hump
  • ‘Drooping’ tip
  • Bulbous appearance
  • Unsatisfactory nostril size
  • ‘Crooked’ or asymmetrical appearance

A nose job can also address functional concerns, such as breathing difficulty caused by the structure of the nose, or a deviated septum. You may need surgery if you experience nasal congestion, stuffiness, or blockage, have trouble with sleeping or snoring, or struggle to exercise due to breathing difficulty. Breathing can be improved by:

  • Removing a dorsal hump
  • Widening nasal width
  • Straightening a crooked nose
  • Correcting a deviated septum

Surgical rhinoplasty may also be performed to reconstruct the nose following trauma or illness. Please see the reconstructive rhinoplasty page for more information.

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What can you expect from cosmetic rhinoplasty

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If you are considering undergoing rhinoplasty to correct a cosmetic problem with your nose, you’ll want to ensure that you choose a surgeon who will listen to your needs and goals, and help you to achieve them.

Dr Raja Sawhney is a Bundall-based Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon with vast experience in helping his patients to achieve facial harmony through rhinoplasty. During your rhinoplasty consultation, Dr Raja will spend a considerable amount of time discussing your goals for cosmetic rhinoplasty and examining your unique features. He will also discuss the likely outcome of your surgery which he will be able to simulate through his 3D Vectra software, and advise you on the best approach to your surgery.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure

The details of your procedure will be discussed during your consultation with rhinoplasty surgeon Dr Sawhney, including whether you will need a local or general anaesthetic.

During your surgery, once the necessary anaesthetic has been administered, Dr Sawhney will make an incision across the small area of skin that connects your nostrils. This method is called an open rhinoplasty. In the case of closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made on the inside of the nose. The skin is then moved away from the underlying structures of the nose, allowing Dr Sawhney to remove or reshape the inner bone and cartilage. The skin is then draped back over the nose and the incision is closed up. Dressing and a nasal splint is applied before you’re moved into a recovery area for several hours.

The procedure can take about two to three hours, depending on the level of complexity. All nose job procedures are quite complicated, and will therefore require high skill levels and sufficient time to complete. If undergoing revision rhinoplasty, the procedure will require more time to complete.

Nose job recovery

After your rhinoplasty procedure, you will experience some swelling and bruising, particularly around the eyes. This is completely expected and will subside as your nose heals. Your nose can also feel quite blocked for a few days after surgery, until the aftercare materials and normal blood clots are removed. You may also experience swelling of the nose tip and facial areas, which is normal and can be managed by keeping the area cool and following other recovery instructions.

If your procedure is significantly complex, you may need to spend a night in the hospital afterwards. In other instances, patients are able to return home on the same day as their nose job, provided someone is able to drive them home.

Dr Sawhney will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that will help make your recovery as smooth and simple as possible.

Rhinoplasty recovery timeline

  • One week
    Following your procedure, you will need to wear a nasal splint and possibly dressing for about a week. Swelling and bruising can be expected, particularly around the eye area. Stitches are usually removed after about one week.
  • Two weeks
    Swelling, bruising and any other minor side effects can last up to two weeks and will vary in severity depending on how your body reacts to the surgery. Patients typically need to spend at least a week at home after rhinoplasty, but two weeks is ideal.
  • Six weeks
    Any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks, as should any activities that could damage your nose before it’s healed. This allows for sufficient healing time and helps to avoid encountering complications during recovery.
  • Six months
    Once the splint is removed, your nose may be slightly swollen but it will be very mild. This mild swelling can last up to six months, after which your final results will be visible. Patients can be very pleased with their final results, with many finding that the procedure has improved their confidence and overall appearance of their face. Since full results of the rhinoplasty won’t be completely clear until swelling has completely subsided, it’s important to wait at least six months before deciding that you are unhappy with the results of your nose job.

Further recovery instructions or tips

In addition to the instructions within the recovery guide above, you may be advised to:

  • Quit smoking for several weeks, as smoking can delay healing
  • Stop taking certain medication that can interfere with recovery, such as blood thinning medication
  • Use ice dressings to reduce swelling and manage discomfort
  • Sleep and rest with your head elevated
  • Avoid wearing glasses for about a month
  • Wear SPF 50+ when you are outdoors
  • Avoid blowing your nose
  • Avoid excessive exposure to heat, such as saunas, and take lukewarm showers
  • Follow a healthy diet and increase your vitamin C intake
  • Clean your nose using recommended products
  • Apply a vitamin E moisturising cream after the wound has begun to heal, about two weeks after surgery
  • Take prescribed antibiotics or medication that can help with the healing process
  • Regularly rinse the nose with salt water to keep the area clean and avoid infection

You may also need someone to help you with household tasks while you are resting straight after surgery. We recommend arranging this before your procedure date.

How much does a nose job surgery cost on the Gold Coast

This is one question that can’t be answered without a consultation. Every patient has very unique features and specific requirements, therefore, no two rhinoplasty procedures are exactly the same.

  • The extent of the work that needs to be done is one consideration in terms of cost. Individual factors such as nose shape and size, breathing functions, nose tip position, and the goals of the patient will influence the amount of work needed.
  • Anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees will also need to be factored in, as well the costs of any medical tests or medication that may be necessary.
  • If combining the rhinoplasty procedure with other facial procedures, such as a facelift, additional costs will need to be factored in.
  • If rhinoplasty is required for medical reasons, such as correcting breathing difficulties caused by a deviated septum, the procedure may attract a Medicare rebate.
  • Cosmetic procedures that are performed by highly qualified surgeons will involve higher costs. Dr Raja Sawhney is a Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon with extensive medical experience, who can offer an unmatchable level of care, support, and expertise to benefit his patients.

For more information regarding surgery costs, Dr Sawhney can discuss details with you during your consultation and provide you with a more personalised and accurate price estimate.

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Rhinoplasty FAQs

Whether or not Dr Sawhney uses an open or closed rhinoplasty technique will depend on your unique requirements. Open rhinoplasty is generally best suited to anyone who wants to make extensive changes to their nose, as it generally allows for more precision and change. However, the procedure time is slightly longer than closed rhinoplasty, as the surgery is more invasive.

If you’re undergoing revision rhinoplasty, an open technique is generally used. If you only want to make some minor changes to your nose such as correcting the tip of nasal bridge, closed rhinoplasty is the ideal approach. Dr Sawhney will discuss the required technique with you during your consultation once your nose has been evaluated.

Your suitability for a nose job will be determined during your consultation, as your individual characteristics, medical history, and other necessary factors will be assessed. You may be a good candidate if you are in good health both physically and mentally, have facial features that are fully developed, and hold realistic expectations as to what can be achieved with the procedure. A suitable candidate would also be a patient who is willing to quit smoking for a set period of time before and after the procedure, as smoking can delay the healing process. Some patients may need to adjust or temporarily stop taking certain medications, as they may raise the risk of excessive bleeding or delayed healing. Dr Sawhney will go through the requirements in detail during your consultation.

A consultation with rhinoplasty surgeon Dr Sawhney is a must. Your medical history, concerns, goals and expectations all need to be discussed before your surgery can be planned.

In terms of how to prepare for your surgery, leading a healthy lifestyle is a first step. If you are a smoker, it’s highly recommended that you quit for several weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking can negatively affect your recovery. There are also certain medications and supplements you will need to avoid prior to surgery. Avoiding alcohol one week before surgery may also be advised.

In terms of other preparations, make sure that someone is available to drive you home and assist you for a day or two. This is particularly important if you have small children at home.

Scarring is generally not a concern with surgical rhinoplasty as the incision is very small. Particularly, with closed rhinoplasty, any scarring that may occur will be completely concealed as the incisions are made on the inside of the nose. Correctly following your preparation and recovery instructions, as provided by Dr Sawhney, will help you significantly lower your chance of scarring.

In many instances, rhinoplasty is paired with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures, such as facelifts and brow lifts. It all depends on your goals and expectations. Dr Sawhney would need to evaluate whether you’re a suitable candidate for a combination surgery during your consultation. You may need to schedule them separately if it is deemed necessary to perform the procedures at different times.

When performed by a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon, rhinoplasty surgery can effectively address aesthetic concerns such as facial disharmony due to nose size, asymmetry, nostril width and shape, bridge width, bumps on the nose, and more. Cosmetic nose surgery can also improve breathing quality, as reshaping the nose can correct sinus issues and can correct a deviated septum. Even minor surgical changes can make quite a difference. Unlike non-surgical nose job procedures, rhinoplasty surgery results are permanent.

Your nose will need to be fully developed before you can be deemed suitable for rhinoplasty. The nose typically fully develops after the age of 15, but this will vary from person to person.

Due to the changing air pressure in aeroplanes, it is generally advised to avoid flights, particularly long flights, for about four weeks after your rhinoplasty procedure. The dry air that is recirculated within the plane can also negatively affect the nose while it is healing, as it can cause nose bleeds and carry more germs than fresh air. If you need to take a flight within four weeks after your surgery, you would need to take the necessary precautions to care for your nose.

If you are undoing rhinoplasty to address functional concerns, such as structural issues that are affecting your breathing, you may qualify for a Medicare rebate. You will need to check your eligibility, and you can discuss this option during your consultation.

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Cosmetic rhinoplasty risks and complications

Any type of surgery does carry some degree of risk, which is something that all patients should be aware of. Some of the potential complications associated with rhinoplasty include infection, pain, heavy nosebleeds, numbness, and breathing difficulties. Many of the potential side effects can be avoided and if they do occur, the effects are almost always temporary. Dr Sawhney will carefully take you through all of the potential risks and complications during your consultation.

Following your recovery instructions can help you to minimise risks and prevent complications, so it is important that you implement them into your daily routine after surgery. Additionally, correctly preparing for your procedure as advised by Dr Sawhney can ensure that you heal well, and will help to lower post-surgery side effects.

During your recovery, monitor your health and report any concerning signs that you may notice to your doctor.

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