Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a ‘nose job,’ is a surgical procedure employed to rectify or remodel the structure of the nose. It may be undertaken for aesthetic purposes to alter the nose’s appearance and proportion. In addition to cosmetic enhancements, rhinoplasty is also utilised to address functional issues, such as difficulties in breathing, which stem from structural anomalies within the nasal framework.
Rhinoplasty can be one of the more complicated cosmetic procedures as both functionality and aesthetics need to be addressed. Therefore, it is crucial to select an experienced surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved from the procedure.
It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.
If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a or may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.
The first step in the rhinoplasty process is a consultation with our skilled surgeon, Dr Zacharia. During this visit, your goals, medical history, and facial structure will be discussed. Dr Zacharia will examine your nose both externally and internally and may use computer imaging to show potential outcomes. The consultation is a perfect opportunity to address any concerns or questions you may have about the procedure.
It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.When consent can be given
A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).Cooling-off Period
There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid.
Once a mutual agreement is reached on the surgical goals, you will be given specific preoperative instructions to prepare for your procedure. These may include guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications, and washing your face.
The rhinoplasty procedure typically takes between one to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Techniques used during the procedure may vary based on your needs but typically involve making incisions inside the nose or across the columella (the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils) to access the bones and cartilage that support the nose. Dr Zacharia then reshapes the nose structure to aim for the desired appearance or function.
After surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a few hours. Most patients can go home the same day, but sometimes an overnight hospital stay is required. A splint and/or packing may be placed inside your nose and a splint or bandages on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing.
Swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose are normal and will begin to improve after the third day. Most patients feel ready to go out in public and return to work or school after a week or two.
Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery. The final result of your rhinoplasty may not be apparent for a year or more, as it takes time for the nose to fully heal and settle into its new shape.
While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.
Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.
Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.
In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.
For more information on preparing for cosmetic surgery visit health.gov.au/cosmeticsurgery
Disclaimer: Photographs shown above are actual patients from our clinic, who have given their consent for the use of their images purely for informational purposes. It is important to note that the results observed are subjective, and will differ based on each individual’s unique characteristics and the specific surgical or non-surgical techniques implemented. As with all procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, there are inherent risks involved.
Despite our efforts to maintain standardisation in our before and after photos, certain inconsistencies, such as differences in lighting, posture, facial expression, hairstyle, and make-up, may still exist between images. For a more comprehensive understanding of potential results, additional surgical result photographs can be viewed during a private consultation at our clinic located in Double Bay, NSW.
Additionally, we wish to emphasise that individual outcomes can greatly differ. The results experienced by one person should not be viewed as an exact indication of the results that others may experience. Such variations are due to a multitude of factors, including an individual’s genetics, diet, and exercise regimen.
All photos are watermarked and hold the copyright of Dr Zacharia. Any unauthorised usage or distribution is strictly prohibited.
Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.
Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.