Dr Andrew Broadhurst

Rhinoplasty: What You Need to Know

Rhinoplasty by Dr Andrew Broadhurst

A Rhinoplasty is most commonly known as a “nose job”. It is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of your nose to achieve a better look or improve the nose’s function (relieve breathing difficulties by correcting a deviated septum or reducing the turbinates). Whether you’re interested in a Rhinoplasty to enhance your look or to help you breathe better, here is what you need to know…

What does a Rhinoplasty procedure involve?

A Rhinoplasty procedure will take 2–3 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. There are two different incisions that can be made:

  1. Open Technique: an incision is made across the bottom of your nose, in-between your nostrils.
  2. Closed Technique: an incision is made in the lining of your nostrils.

Changes to the nose shape are achieved by rearranging, removing or adding cartilage, and in some cases, breaking and rearranging the bone in the nose. When the desired shape or correction is achieved, the Plastic Surgeon will close the incision and apply nasal splits.

What are the risks?

Generally, a Rhinoplasty is quite a safe procedure. That being said, any surgery has its risks. The most common risks associated with Rhinoplasty are bleeding, infection and adverse reaction to anaesthesia.

How long is recovery?

Most of the time, your Plastic Surgeon will want you to wear a nasal splint for the first week after your procedure. You may experience moderate swelling and bruising around the eyes for up to 2 weeks. The swelling will also make breathing through your nose difficult for around 6 weeks. You will get a good indication of your Rhinoplasty results when your nasal splint is removed but your nose will continue to look more defined as the swelling continues to decrease. Most swelling will be gone by the 2 month mark but it can take up to 12 months for all swelling to disappear completely.

It is important to realise that Rhinoplasties have some of the highest rates of revision (additional surgery required after first procedure). You can help reduce the likelihood of this happening by ensuring you do your research. Be sure to find a qualified Plastic Surgeon with a great track record that will not only enhance your look, but also look out for your health.

Want to see some Rhinoplasty before and afters? You can view my patient gallery here.

If you’re interested in chatting with me about your Rhinoplasty options in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, contact my team here.

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