Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

What are the possible complications and risks of a rhinoplasty?
All surgical procedures have associated risks and potential complications, however these are very rare. The possible risks associated with rhinoplasty are:
* Reduced sense of smell
* Scarring
* Infection
* Need for revision rhinoplasty
* Asymmetry
* Persistent swelling up to 12 months
Will there be much scarring?
All incisions made in a rhinoplasty surgery are internal, so there is no visible scarring to the face.
How long is the recovery time?
Following the procedure, patients will have a cast placed on their nose which can be removed after 1-2 weeks. Patients may experience bruising and swelling around the eye and cheek area, which will usually subside after 2 or so weeks. We recommend that patients may return to work 2 weeks post-surgery, however we advise against light physical activities such as walking and cardio until 3 weeks post-op, and for patients to wait 5-6 weeks before engaging in intense physical activity such as weight training and hard cardio.
Will Medicare and/or Private Health Insurance cover the procedure?
If your rhinoplasty procedure is for purely cosmetic purposes, there is often no rebate from Medicare. Depending on your level of private health cover, you may however be eligible to claim part of your hospital fees.

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