What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the medical term for reshaping of the nose. It is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed. Modern Rhinoplasty is a surgical art form. A natural looking nose that is in harmony with its face, is the aim of the surgery.

Who is a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Anyone concerned with the size and/or shape of their nose
  • Trauma to nose
  • Airway problems

Who is not a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Impaired healing

The Procedure

Dr Oates performs Rhinoplasty at Academy Day Hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthetic.

The skin is elevated and the underlying bone and cartilage sculpted as necessary. This will allow the removal of a hump, narrowing a broad nose, straightening a deviated nose, refinement of the tip and changing the angle of the nose to the lip. Immediately after the procedure a splint is applied to the external nose for protection and reduction of swelling, and will remain on the nose for 7 days.

How long will I need off work?

7-14 days off work

The recovery

You should expect some bruising and swelling around the eyes, which subsides in 5 to 10 days. Swelling on the inside of the nose tends to make it feel blocked (similar to having a cold). This may last for 1 to 2 weeks.

Is there Discomfort?

Discomfort can be managed with Panadeine Forte or Panadol. Nasal decongestants will help blockage in the nasal passages.

Pre and Post-Operative Care

Your pre and post operative care is managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre-operative assessment and post operative wound management.

Risk and complications

There is a small risk of complications with any surgical procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information on Rhinoplasty.

I am interested, what now?

Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If Dr Oates decides you are a suitable candidate for Rhinoplasty and you want to go ahead with surgery, a booking for surgery and the pre-operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting time is three to four weeks.

Complimentary consultation

You may wish to speak with our Nurse Consultant prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this complimentary consultation, the Nurse Consultant can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your concern(s).