Rhinoplasty surgery is designed to repair or reshape the nose. Because of its centralised location in our facial appearance, any issues or abnormalities present can sometimes be difficult to treat or hide without surgery. Rhinoplasty is a highly personalised procedure due to the diverse medical and cosmetic issues it can alleviate that are unique to every individual. Therefore, a personalised surgical plan is created by plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk for every rhinoplasty patient that utilises the best techniques for their health and lifestyle.
What can be achieved with a rhinoplasty?
The following outcomes can be achieved with rhinoplasty:
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Correct a hump
- Improve the proportions of the nose
- Correct birth defects
- Open nasal passages for improved breathing
- Repair damages caused by injuries, trauma, or disease
How is a rhinoplasty performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic. Once the anaesthesia has been administered, there are two different techniques that can be performed and will vary from patient to patient based on what issues need attention. The techniques include:
- Open Technique
An incision is made on the small area of skin between the nostrils at the base of the nose, known as the columella. The skin is then lifted away from the bone, giving Dr Fraser-Kirk better access to the internal nose structure. This is used to correct more complex issues.
- Closed Technique
Strategic incisions are made just inside the nostrils that are less invasive, and a viable option for most patients who wish to correct physical imperfections. The scarring is less visible due to its placement and patients may experience reduced swelling of the nose post-surgery.
Once the incisions have been made, excess bone and cartilage is shaved down. Cartilage may also be repositioned to create the new nose shape. Depending upon the patient’s circumstances, a nasal implant or cartilage grafting may be required. If this is the case, Dr Fraser-Kirk will discuss both options in-depth with patients at their consultation to make sure the procedure is personalised to their needs. The surgery can be performed during the day and may take between one to two hours to complete, but these factors will vary for each patient.
What can I expect during recovery?
Immediately following surgery, patients may experience pain, bruising, swelling, and tenderness around the nose and eyes. If the surgery is conducted during the day, patients are monitored until the anaesthesia subsides before being able to go home. Some patients may be required to stay overnight in hospital if the surgery is lengthy and complex in nature. Patients may be prescribed pain medication and will be required to wear a splint on their nose for seven days to ten days to reduce swelling and support the new nose shape.
General recovery instructions:
- Take sufficient time off from work – most patients can return after one week.
- Take prescribed medications and lotions.
- Avoid rubbing or blowing the nose for at least eight weeks.
- Avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for three to four weeks.
- Keep the head elevated as much as possible during recovery.
- Attend all post-operative appointments.
Follow all recovery instructions given by Dr Fraser-Kirk to ensure minimal scarring where possible and to reduce the for potential risks or complications. Patience is also important for recovery as most individuals will not begin to see the results until 12 weeks after surgery when the bruising and swelling has reduced. Patients can then appreciate a noticeable improvement to the appearance and shape of their new nose. The final results, however, will not be entirely recognised and seen for one to two years.
How much will rhinoplasty cost in Sunshine Coast?
Rhinoplasty is a highly personal procedure specifically tailored to an individual’s needs, and therefore, a cost cannot be estimated until patients have had a consultation where Dr Fraser-Kirk will discuss with individuals their concerns, health, and ultimate goals of the surgery. This will help him to tailor a surgical plan personalised to every individual where the length and complexity of a rhinoplasty is considered in conjunction with hospital fees, surgeon costs, anaesthetist fees, and post-operative care costs.
If you have any questions regarding procedure costs, please contact us.
What are the associated risks and complications?
A degree of risk or complication is present with any procedure individuals may undergo, whether it be medical or cosmetic. The following risks and complications are associated with rhinoplasty:
- Excessive bleeding
- Poor scarring
- Blood clots
- Reduced sense of smell
- Numbness of the nose and/or the upper front teeth
- Nasal obstruction from narrow airways
It is important to understand the potential risks and complications that may occur before choosing to undergo any procedure. Making sure to adhere to the recovery instructions given by Dr Fraser-Kirk will help to mitigate the potential for complications or risks and minimise scarring where possible.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today
We deliver a patient-focused approach at our clinic, meaning Dr Fraser-Kirk will conduct an in-depth consultation to understand your health and wellbeing, lifestyle goals, and anticipated outcomes of the surgery. This is so a tailored surgical plan can be designed that prioritises your health and goals, creating an empowered version of yourself.