Rhinoplasty Sydney NSW (Nose Job Surgery)

The nose is a significant facial feature, and there are a variety of reasons a person may have for considering Rhinoplasty surgery. Some common reasons for deciding to proceed with surgery include: nose enlargement or reduction, nose profile reshaping, nose straightening, achievement of greater symmetry, better balance with other facial features.

All noses are different, and there are numerous variations in size, shape and structure. Apart from making the nose larger or smaller, rhinoplasty can also augment the angle of the nose, change the nose tip, and alter the appearance of other features, such as bumps or indentations.


  • Creating a nose profile that is proportionate with other facial features
  • Altering the profile by removing humps or depressions
  • Augmenting the width of the bridge
  • Changing nostril shape
  • Repairing a nasal tip
  • Achieving greater overall nasal symmetry
  • Correcting a deviated septum associated with breathing difficulties


Every surgical procedure is considered important to our plastic surgeon Dr Laniewski, and patient satisfaction is the top priority. Consultations are relaxed and informative environments designed to provide a full understanding of your surgical goals and expected outcomes. As a candidate for rhinoplasty, you will need to provide Dr Laniewski with information regarding current and past medical conditions or ongoing medications, along with previous surgeries that could influence outcomes.

Dr Laniewski is a highly qualified and experienced facial surgeon and can provide you with all of the options available for your upcoming surgery. A consultation with Dr Laniewski will offer insights and surgical options that best suit your individual features. Your second surgical consultation is a good time to good time to ask additional questions to assist in your decision process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime for any additional questions or concerns, we are here to help.


Depending on the complexity of your rhinoplasty, the operation should take between two and three hours. Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed as day surgery, with a return home on the day of the operation or the following day.

A typical surgery will involve an incision within the nostril cavity to provide access to nose framework cartilage. Soft nose tissue is then lifted, allowing the surgeon to shape the nasal bones & cartilage. The septum can be simultaneously trimmed or realigned to address breathing problems.

Once the cartilage has been reshaped, the skin is re-draped over the nose and a splint is put in place to support the nose during the healing phase.


This is dependent on what needs to be achieved during surgery, and different requirements will impact the final cost of rhinoplasty surgery. For example, some patients may only want to correct a breathing difficulty, while others want to reshape their noses too. Surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees will also need to be factored into the final quotation. Under certain circumstances, some of the costs of surgery may be covered by your health fund. Our team will take you through the costs associated with your surgery in detail on the day of your consultation. We will also take you through the process of claiming costs from your health fund, where applicable.


The first type of nose surgery is open rhinoplasty, which is used most often, especially in cases where the underlying structures of the nose need to be accessed. Patients experiencing breathing problems will require an open type of rhinoplasty surgery. To do this an incision will need to be made on the small piece of skin in between the two nostrils. Thereafter, the skin can be lifted away from the structures of the nose and the necessary adjustments can be made. Septoplasty focuses specifically on the septum inside the nose in order to correct breathing problems only.

Closed rhinoplasty is used for minor adjustments, which is why the incisions are made inside the nose. Revision rhinoplasty is performed when there remain issues following the previous rhinoplasty.Secondary rhinoplasty is often more difficult than the initial procedure. Lastly, dermal fillers can also be used to alter the appearance of the nose. For example, a dermal filler can be used to smooth out angles and remove bumps. Dermal filler cannot be used to make structural changes to the nose. The type of rhinoplasty procedure that is used will depend on what you want to achieve. Dr Laniewski will advise you accordingly once your nose and your questions have been discussed.


Yes, rhinoplasty can be combined with other types of facial plastic surgery. When the shape and size of the nose are altered, it can affect the prominence of other facial features. Combining surgeries, where appropriate, can be performed to avoid multiple surgeries. Some of the procedures that can be combined with a rhinoplasty include facelifts, otoplasty and chin augmentation.


Because rhinoplasty focuses on the internal structures of the nose, it can be used to improve breathing difficulties. This can be done by correcting a deviated septum, increasing the size of the nostrils and reducing the size of the turbinate. Either open type of rhinoplasty or septoplasty will be required in order to make these changes and improve breathing.


Once back home after Rhinoplasty surgery, it’s important to remain as comfortable as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for several weeks. During the first few days after your rhinoplasty nose surgery, you will need to keep your head elevated and remain relatively still. After the first week, the comfeel adhesive and splint will be removed, and puffiness, bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes will slowly recede. Patients will need to spend at least a week at home before they can return to work.

A cold compress can be an invaluable aid in minimising pain and swelling, so it’s a good idea to have an ice compress ready at home before having the surgery. Pain medicine will also be prescribed. Within a couple of weeks, the majority of the swelling and bruising should have diminished. Breathing may also be slightly difficult for a week or two until all of the swelling has subsided.

Post operative LED Light Therapy is strongly recommended to decrease your downtime and speed healing immediately after your facial plastic surgery. The treatment is convenient and can be combined with your post operative visits. Lasting only 13 minutes and completely painless, LED Light Therapy is clinically proven (in peer reviewed scientific publications) to dramatically reduce the swelling and bruising that can occur after your surgery. Please speak to our rhinoplasty surgeon Dr Peter Laniewski or one of his consultants to book in your treatment.

The results of rhinoplasty are permanent, although injury, general ageing or other factors can impact the nose’s appearance. It’s also worth noting that rhinoplasty nose surgery should only be performed on a fully developed adult nose. Otherwise, continued development might significantly alter the nose structure and shape.

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When can I expect to see the results of my Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty results are long-lasting, but some patience will be required during the healing process. Once the swelling starts to subside after a few weeks, you will gradually start seeing a difference in the appearance of your nose. However, it can sometimes take up to a year to see the final results of the nose surgery.

How should I prepare for my Nose Surgery?

Once your Rhinoplasty Surgery is scheduled, Dr Laniewski will tell you exactly how to prepare. It’s highly recommended that patients stop smoking several weeks before surgery. Smoking impacts the blood vessels, which means your recovery will be affected if you continue to smoke. There are also certain supplements and medications that will need to be adjusted prior to any Facial Plastic Surgery. Anything that can increase bruising and bleeding will need to be eliminated or substituted. If need be, additional medical testing and evaluations will also need to be scheduled to rule out potential complications.

What are the Potential risks and Complications associated with Rhinoplasty?

General surgical risks, such as excess Bleeding, Infection, Bruising and Swelling are all possible after rhinoplasty surgery. Temporary numbness, Asymmetry, Scarring, Pain and Reactions to the Anaesthetic are other potential complications that should be considered. Dr Laniewski will take you through all the potential risks during your Rhinoplasty consultation and explain what can be done to avoid or limit complications

Will there be scarring after a Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Since nose surgery is performed via the nostrils, the only visible incisions or scars after surgery will be on the columella of the nose. The only time that an incision is made outside of the nose is during open rhinoplasty . You will be given appropriate scar care advice that includes use of scar gel, taping and LED therapy.

Post operative LED Light Therapy is strongly recommended to decrease your downtime and speed healing immediately after your surgery. The treatment is convenient and can be combined with your post operative visits. Lasting only thirteen minutes and completely painless, LED Light Therapy is clinically proven (in peer reviewed scientific publications) to dramatically reduce the swelling and bruising that can occur after your surgery and to minimise visible post-operative scarring. Please speak to our specialist surgeon Dr Peter Laniewski or one of his consultants to book in your treatment.

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