Rhinoplasty – Nose Job – Sydney NSW

An attractive nose that is symmetrical and well-proportioned often goes somewhat unnoticed. This can be a good thing, as the nose is a significant facial feature. An appealing face will have features that are in harmony and aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately for some people, their nose is too readily noticed. It may seem too large or too small, crooked, asymmetrical or overly prominent. Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the nose by balancing it with other facial features.

All noses are not created equal, and there are numerous variations in size, shape and structure. Apart from making the nose larger or smaller, rhinoplasty can also alter the angle of the nose, change the nose tip, and correct or eliminate bumps, indentations, and other defects.

Typical rhinoplasty can include:

  • Creating a nose that is proportionate with other facial features
  • Improving the profile by removing humps or depressions
  • Altering the width of the bridge
  • Changing wide, large, and upturned nostrils
  • Repairing a nasal tip that is large, upturned, hooked or drooping
  • Creating overall nasal symmetry
  • Correcting a deviated septum associated with breathing difficulties

YOUR RHINOPLASTY CONSULTATION

Every surgical procedure is considered important to Dr Laniewski, and patient satisfaction is the top priority. Consultations are relaxed and informative situations designed to provide a full understanding of your surgical goals and expected outcomes. 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 the best options available for your upcoming surgery. A consultation with Dr Laniewski will offer insights and surgical options that best suit your individual features. It’s natural to feel a little stressed and excited about your surgery, but Dr Laniewski will put your mind at ease.

HOW IS RHINOPLASTY SURGERY PERFORMED?

Depending on the complexity of your surgery, the operation should take between one and three hours. The 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 easily lifted, allowing the surgeon to sculpt the cartilage and achieve the desired results. 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 put in place to support the nose during the healing phase.

RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY

Once back home after surgery, it’s important to remain as comfortable as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for several weeks. During the first few days after surgery, you will need to keep your head elevated and remain relatively still. After the first week, the bandaging 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 may 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 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 to dramatically reduce the swelling and bruising that can occur after your surgery. Please speak to Dr 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 should only be performed on a fully developed adult nose. Otherwise, continued development might significantly alter the nose structure and shape.

Perfect symmetry of facial features is an artificial imposition, but creating a nose that highlights facial balance and harmony is a beautiful and living work of art. This is something that Dr Laniewski excels at.

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RHINOPLASTY FAQS

How much does a nose job cost in Sydney?

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

When can I expect to see the results of my nose job?

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 surgery.

Am I able to pair rhinoplasty with other procedures?

Yes, rhinoplasty can be combined with other types of surgery. When the shape and size of the nose are altered, it can end up affecting other features by drawing too much attention to them. Combining surgeries not only results in a more balanced and natural appearance but it will save you the hassle of having to plan a second or third surgery later on. Some of the procedures that are generally combined with a nose job include facelifts, otoplasty and chin augmentation.

How should I prepare for my nose job?

Once your 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 surgery. Basically, 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 different types of rhinoplasty?

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 difficulties will require open rhinoplasty. 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 difficulties only.

Closed rhinoplasty is used for minor adjustments, which is why the incisions are made inside the nose. Revision rhinoplasty is performed when there are still issues following the first nose job. Secondary rhinoplasty is often more difficult than the initial procedure. Lastly, fillers can also be used to alter the appearance of the nose. For example, filler can be used to smooth out angles and remove bumps. Filler can’t 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 concerns have been evaluated.

What are the potential risks & complications associated with rhinoplasty?

General surgical risks, such as excess bleeding, infection, bruising and swelling are all possible after a nose job. 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 nose job?

Since nose surgery is performed via the nostrils, there won’t be any visible incisions or scars after surgery. The only time that an incision is made outside of the nose is during open rhinoplasty but even then, the scar is tiny and barely visible. By correctly caring for your wounds during your recovery, there’s no reason why you need to worry about scarring following your nose job.

How does rhinoplasty correct breathing difficulties?

Because rhinoplasty focuses on the internal structures of the nose, it can be used to correct 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 rhinoplasty or septoplasty will be required in order to make these changes.

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