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Rhinoplasty is an operation that shapes the nose, and can be important in helping your breathing. A rhinoplasty aims to alter the appearance of your nose and address airway/breathing concerns.

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Is this surgery right for me?

Most people who are interested in this procedure have trouble breathing through one or both nostrils, or are concerned with their nose appearance. A rhinoplasty can alter a hump on the top of the nose, make the nose wider or narrower, or reshape the tip of the nose. Dr Marc will discuss your treatment with you and target your treatment towards your individual needs.

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What does the procedure
journey look like?

To begin your journey at Tailored Plastic Surgery, you will typically have an initial consultation to discuss your goals and see how we can help you. After a second consultation and a cooling-off period of one week, if you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead-up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

Initially, you may experience some discomfort in the nose and sinuses. We advise against blowing your nose, or bending over, for the first two weeks. You will likely have a little splint on your nose, and may have some packing in your nose over the first night after the operation. You may develop some bruising around the nose and eyes, which will resolve with time. You should be able to go home either on the same day as the operation, or the very next day.

You should be able to return to work within two to three weeks depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first six weeks.

Four phases of plastic surgery journey. Phase 1: 1 hour consultation to discuss goals. Phase 2: Book and prepare for your surgery. Phase 3: 1 day, the procedure. Phase 4: 6-8 weeks post surgery, the recovery.

Procedure Risks

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the shape and appearance of the nose. In addition to general surgery risks, it is important to be aware of potential procedure specific risks and complications that can arise:

Difficulty Breathing:

In rare cases, rhinoplasty may result in a narrowing of the nasal passage, leading to difficulty breathing through the nose. This complication can affect airflow and require additional treatment or revision surgery to address.

Nasal Septal Perforation:

The nasal septum, which separates the two nasal cavities internally, can rarely become perforated as a complication of rhinoplasty. This can result in symptoms such as wheezing, recurrent nosebleeds, dryness, and a feeling of nasal obstruction. Treatment may involve surgical repair of the perforation.

Problems with Skin Sensation:

Damage to branches of the sensory nerves that supply the skin around the nose can occur during rhinoplasty, leading to altered sensation in the area. This may manifest as numbness, increased sensitivity, or changes in tactile perception. In most cases, these issues resolve over time, but in some instances, they may be permanent.

Unsatisfactory Results:

The nose is a complex and delicate structure, and achieving the desired aesthetic outcome is not always guaranteed. Rarely, the final result of rhinoplasty may not meet your expectations. In such cases, a revision rhinoplasty may be necessary to address any cosmetic concerns and achieve the desired shape and appearance of the nose.

Still unsure? Here are some FAQs..

What scars will I have?

The scars you will have depend on whether you have a closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty. A closed rhinoplasty uses scars that are hidden inside the nostril, making them minimally visible. An open rhinoplasty uses some similar scars, but also has one on the skin between the nostrils. As a fully trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Marc Seifman is experienced in techniques that aim to both minimise any scarring, as well as hide the scarring as much as possible.

What is the difference between a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty?

A rhinoplasty treats the bones on the nose, whereas a septoplasty treats the cartilage in the middle of the nose. Depending on what your concerns are, you may need one or the other, or a combination of both. Marc Seifman is happy to discuss your treatment priorities with you and target your treatment towards your individual goals.