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There’s no age limit on rhinoplasties, so if you’re in relatively good health and any of the following sounds like you , this procedure is able to make a difference.
- You have a hump or protrusion on the nasal bridge seen from profile
- Your nasal bridge is too low
- Your nose looks too wide when viewed from the front
- It has the appearance of being too large or too small for your face
- The end of your face, at the nasal tip, droops or is crooked
- The nasal tip is thickened or enlarged
- Your nostrils are permanently or excessively flared.
- Your nose is off-centre or crooked
- Previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical
- You have breathing difficulties, either inherently or as the result of previous injuries or medical conditions.
In most cases, rhinoplasties can be performed fairly quickly and in under 2 hours. For their comfort most people opt for an overnight stay, but the procedure can also be done in a single day, when requested.
Often, all of the incisions will be inside the nasal cavity, meaning no visible scars whatsoever. Sometimes, however, it’s necessary to place a small incision across the columella, the patch of skin between the nostrils. Through these entry points, surgeons will work on the cartilage and bone that make up the framework of your nose, whether it means removing or building up cartilage, or subtly shifting the position of nasal bones to suit. Afterwards, the skin and soft tissues will adjust and re-drape themselves over the new structural scaffolding.
Following the surgery, your nose will feel blocked and uncomfortable with bruising and swelling in some areas. Recovery times vary depending on the exact procedure, but generally you should take it easy for at least one week while waiting for things to heal and adjust. Following that, things might feel stuffy for a couple of weeks while the swelling on the inside goes down.
Our frequently asked questions are meant to provide you with a guide to some common concerns regarding our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. For full details on any surgical or non-surgical procedure performed in our clinics, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons.
What are the possible complications and risks of a rhinoplasty?As with any surgical procedure, there are always going to be potential risks. These may include: - Reduced sense of smell - Scarring - Infection - Need for revision rhinoplasty - Asymmetry - Persistent swelling up to 12 months
Will there be much scarring?Going under a Nose Reshaping Surgery, all of the incisions will be internal, therefore no scars are to be seen on the face.
How long is the recovery time?Following the procedure, patients will have a cast over their nose which will be removed after one to two weeks. Patients may experience bruising and swelling around the eye and cheek area, which usually subsides within 2 weeks. Most patients can return to work two weeks after surgery, however, there still may be swelling and bruising visible. This can be easily covered with makeup. Physical activities such as walking and light cardio can be carried out three weeks after surgery. Intense exercise is permitted 5 to 6 weeks post operation.
Will Medicare and/or Private health insurance cover the procedure?If your rhinoplasty procedure is purely for cosmetic purposes then there is often no rebate from Medicare. Depending on your level of private health cover, you may be eligible to claim some hospital fees.