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The goal of rhinoplasty is to reshape your nose so that it complements your other facial features. The earliest recommended age for Rhinoplasty is the mid-teens when the nose is near full development. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for nose reshaping.
Reshaping, generally, is done through incisions inside your nose. In some instances, there may also be an incision on the underside of your nose between your nostrils. The resulting scars fade and ultimately should be barely visible.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure. We will also take the time to understand your medical history and provide you with an overview of the Surgeons and their credentials. You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patient’s results in their areas of expertise.
Our Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fee. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you at time of your consultation.
To book a consultation with our surgeons, call (07) 5539 1000 (opt 2).
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The nose can be reshaped, reduced, or built up, by adjusting its supporting structures. This is done either by removing or adding bone cartilage. Your skin and soft tissues will assume their new shape over this ‘scaffolding’.
Rhinoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic as a day patient. Most commonly a small incision at the columella (the tissue between the nostrils) is used to gain access to the bone and cartilage of the nose and to reshape this. Attention is also given to the nasal air-ways to try and enhance breathing.
After the operation a splint is commonly worn on the nose for a week. However bruising around the eyes is quite common and this may persist for ten days or more.
Where the bones of the nose are cut and moved they are somewhat frail for a period of six weeks. Care should be taken during this period to ensure that the nose is not traumatized. Given the complexity of rhinoplasty it is wise to leave the operation until the patient is no longer participating in contact sports. Further injury may undo a lot of the benefit of the rhinoplasty procedure and revisional surgery may be quite difficult.
Rhinoplasty reshapes the cartilage and the bone of the nose and relies on the overlying skin to shrink and fit the new shape there. Patients with heavy skin may find that this takes a long time (more than two years) to occur completely. Conversely patients with fine skin may see that little irregularities are visible through the overlying skin. Thus the nature of your skin will determine to some extent the standard of the result.
In normal activity the nose does not attract a lot of attention from the onlooker. It is only when the nose is misshapen, out of proportion, or crooked that it tends to draw the gaze. Once the nose is reasonably in proportion to the face and of an acceptable shape it genuinely attracts very little attention. For this reason it is said amongst plastic surgeons that the result of a good rhinoplasty is seen in the eyes. By this it is meant that the onlooker is no longer drawn to the features of the nose but simply to the more important interactive parts of the face, the eyes and the mouth.
No rhinoplasty is perfect. Little asymmetries are always present. One nostril is usually larger and higher than the other; the nose may not be perfectly straight; there may be some unevenness to the tip on close inspection. Fortunately once the nose is of reasonable shape and reasonable proportion to the rest of the face these features do not draw attention and are simply best forgotten.
If you have breathing problems because of irregularity in the internal structures of your nose, adjustments can be made to improve your nasal airway. This can be done at the same time as alterations to the external appearance of your nose.
Revisional Rhinoplasty Procedures
About 10% of all rhinoplasty require a revisional procedure. This is usually discussed and planned at least a year after the first operation. In some cases a simple injectable may be used to fill out a flat spot or adjust the shape. Injectables in the nose usually last a year or more.
In other situations, surgical revision is recommended. For many patients, although they can see the feature being discussed, the improvement already achieved is such that they are not concerned by any residual problem as they are well aware of the fact that the nose doesn’t attract much attention once it is in reasonable shape.
Focusing on minor details, asymmetries and irregularities in the nose is likely to lead to a disproportionate amount of unhappiness and frustration as the procedure does not have millimeter precision to it. Be rest assured that once the nose is of reasonable shape and size for your face it will largely become “invisible” and is in proportion to your eyes, mouth, and the overall look of your face.
After surgery, some discomfort, swelling and bruising can be expected. You will need to wear a nasal splint for a week. You can begin wearing cosmetics as soon as it is removed. Your routine will be severely restricted for only a day or two, but it will be a few weeks before you can resume bending, lifting and exercise. As long as your job does not involve activities that raise your blood pressure, you should be able to return to work within 10 days. Minor swelling of your nose may persist for up to a year, but most likely this will not be noticeable to others. The ﬁnal results of rhinoplasty are permanent and well worth the wait.
Vectra 3D Simulation
Today, before the operation we offer our Rhinoplasty clients the opportunity to go through a 3D simulation, to see how you could look after the rhinoplasty. On the device VECTRA 3D the client first sees a realistic impression of the nose area. Then, by mapping of anatomy and creating simulated photography, based on the Rhinoplasty procedure the client can see expected outcomes.
During the consultation, our surgeon will discuss your individual goals and features of the procedure which you like and which you do not. After that we will develop for you the best method based on your individual needs, and in doing so we will include photo simulator VECTRA 3D.
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