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Rhinoplasty (Nose)

What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose and improve its appearance. Rhinoplasty is also performed to correct birth defects, deformities which result from injury, or to relieve nasal obstruction.

This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons, the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.

Please note we only perform initial rhinoplasty surgery – no revision surgery – for females of any age and males under 25 years of age.

When is a rhinoplasty desirable?

You may wish to have a rhinoplasty to improve your overall facial appearance, especially if you are sensitive, self conscious or shy about the appearance of your nose.

How would nose surgery help me?

A consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the first step in considering a rhinoplasty. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations about looking and feeling better after surgery. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

How important are psychological factors in relation to a rhinoplasty?

Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any surgery is performed. A “new nose” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly the mental attitude of the individual that determines a successful outcome. A rhinoplasty can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence; the rest is entirely up to you.

How is rhinoplasty surgery performed?

The operation will vary depending on your physical features and your surgeon’s judgement. Incisions are usually made inside the nostrils, through which reshaping and trimming of bone and cartilage is performed. External splints and internal nose packs may be used.

The surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital under general anaesthesia. The surgery can be performed as a day procedure or alternatively with a short hospital stay, depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure. The procedure usually takes one to two hours.

Are there any side effects of a rhinoplasty procedure?

Swelling and bruising around the eyes are common, but subside quickly; swelling of the nose subsides more slowly and some numbness may be present for a few months. The final appearance may therefore take three to four months to be evident. Most uncommon post-operative complications can include delayed healing, infection, or excessive bleeding. You surgeon will discuss possible complications with you during your consultation and you should follow your surgeon’s advice carefully to reduce the risk of problems.

Will the nose surgery procedure leave any scars?

Usually incisions are made inside the nose and are therefore not visible. Sometimes incisions are used on the skin of the “columella” or in the creases of the nostrils. These scars are usually barely noticeable.

What results can I expect from a rhinoplasty?

The degree of improvement depends to a large extent on the basic structure of your nose and skin. Changes may be subtle and not initially obvious, with the aim being a more natural, improved shape that blends in with your face. Therefore, occasionally only minor adjustments are required.

When can I resume normal activities following nose surgery?

Returning to your normal activities is an individual matter. Your surgeon will advise you on your schedule, and how to protect your skin from the sun. Most patients are able to return to work after a fortnight.

How much does this procedure cost?

Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.


The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.