Rhinoplasty Surgery in Sydney

What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a nose reshaping procedure. The nose is made up of skin, subcutaneous soft tissue, a muscle layer, cartilaginous support and underlying bony structure. The rhinoplasty is a unique operation as it encompasses both functional and aesthetic considerations. It is also unique because the operation is different for each person. Some patients focus on the hump (most prominent in the upper third), some focus on the tip, which may require reshaping. The most important part functionally however is the middle third.

How has this operation changed?

In the 1970 and 80s, rhinoplasty was mostly a reductive operation. The focus was on narrower noses and “the ski slope” look. These may look great initially, but with time, the weak structural support led to warping of the results. Particularly the inverted “v” deformity. This sometimes resulted in a narrower airway and difficulty breathing. The focus now is much more on reconstruction of the nose. Repair of the deviated septum, building up of cartilage in the middle third to provide strong structural support and maintain longevity of the results. Newer techniques, such as onlay of a cartilage matrix, also helps the nose heal with better contour and shape. We also recognise that the inferior turbinate may need to be reduced to improve breathing.

What is an ideal nose?

An ideal nose width is 1/5 of the facial width, and roughly 1/3 of the facial height. The dorsal aesthetic lines would be respected and there is a nose to lip angle of around 100-110 degrees in a woman and a lesser angle in men.

What is my recovery time?

One to Two weeks to be out and about, Four weeks to be make up free. Around one year for the final result.

What will I look like?

Using 3D camera modelling, we can try different images to tailor the surgery to you. It allows us an idea of what you want to achieve.

How much will it cost?

Our prices are very competitive, please call or email us for a quote. Our hospitals are Kareena Private at Caringbah and Waratah Private at Hurstville.