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

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a procedure to address purely cosmetic issues with the nose, helping patients to achieve better facial harmony and balance. Whilst this is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures, it’s important to note that it is certainly not simple surgery, and without the expertise of a surgeon with significant experience in this area, patients can be left with a result which they do not feel 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 which has not gone quite as expected. Disappointment can be avoided by carefully selecting a surgeon with significant experience in this area.

Why undergo a rhinoplasty?

Also known as a nose job, cosmetic rhinoplasty can address a variety of complaints including:

  • Overly large nose
  • Overly long nose
  • Large hump in the bridge of the nose
  • ‘Drooping’ tip
  • Bulbous appearance
  • Unsatisfactory nostril size
  • ‘Crooked’ appearance

Rhinoplasty may also be performed to reconstruct the nose following a trauma or illness; please see the reconstructive rhinoplasty page for more information.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Gold Coast

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

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.

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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