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Different Types of Nose Surgery

There are many common nose imperfections, such as a dorsal hump, a nose deformity due to trauma or a broken nose, or a nasal tip that hangs too low. You may want to consider a nasal surgical procedure.

What Is a Nose Job ?

A Nose Job or a Nose Reshaping procedure is a surgical procedure that reshapes the bones and the cartilage of your nose to improve its look and function. If you think that your nose looks less-than-ideal or if you feel that it does not match your face, consider one of the following nose surgeries:

  • A Rhinoplasty is the most popular nose surgery. Typically for aesthetic or cosmetic improvements, A Rhino can also help improve breathing.
  • A Tip rhino or a Tip rhinoplasty – A tip rhinoplasty or a mini nose job is a surgical procedure that reshapes the cartilage of the tip of your nose. This procedure can augment (enlarge) or reduce the tip of your nose. Tip rhinoplasty is also done when there is an asymmetry in the nostrils, as they can be of different proportions and may deviate to one side or another.
  • A Septoplasty procedure – A septoplasty is a surgical procedure done on the septum of the nose. The septum is the physical barrier in the middle between the two nostrils, and it can sometimes be misshapen. If you experience problems breathing on one side of the nose or nose shape irregularities, this may be the right procedure for you.
  • An Alarplasty procedure – An alarplasty procedure corrects the size of your nostrils. If you think that your nostrils are too large, too narrow or too wide, the alarplasty procedure may help. In an alarplasty procedure, Dr Turner will surgically remove a minor portion of your nostrils for a more symmetrical look and better facial proportion.

Am I A Good Candidate For Nose Surgery or Reshaping ?

Nose surgery may help improve

  • A birth-related nose deformity
  • Nose asymmetry
  • Nasal tip that hangs too low
  • Dorsal hump or nose hump
  • A nose that is misshapen due to trauma (usually from sports or a fall-related injury)
  • A nasal deviation that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Enlarged nostrils

To get an optimal result you’ll need to:

  • Follow your nose surgeon’s specific recovery instructions
  • Not smoke or are be willing to quit for six weeks before and after surgery
  • Not drink excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Are healthy and in good condition
  • Have realistic expectations of what nose surgery may achieve in your case

What Are The Benefits Of Nose Reshaping & Nose Surgery?

There are many benefits of nose reshaping. You may consider nose surgery benefits such as:

  • Improved symmetry of your nose
  • Improved aesthetic look and better shape of your nose
  • Improved nasal function – easier breathing
  • The dorsal hump is removed or your nostrils are reduced
  • You may look younger, as your face is more refreshed and vibrant

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About the Nose Surgery Procedure

During your nose procedure, Dr Turner will undertake several steps to give you your desired nose:

  • Dr Turner checks in and reviews you again
  • Dr Turner’s anaesthetist will put you under general anaesthesia
  • Dr Turner will make markings where the incision will go and he will make the incision
  • Your bone and cartilage will be reshaped to give you a more balanced look
  • Your incisions will be sutured
    Depending on your case, Dr Turner may choose to use either standard sutures, which will be removed around a week after your rhinoplasty or dissolvable sutures, which will fall off on their own after one to two weeks. In the inner nostrils, he may place long-term dissolvable sutures that can take up to several months to be absorbed. You may be released from hospital on the same day as the procedure.

Open or Closed Nose Surgery

Nose procedures can be done either open (via external incision under your nose) or closed (no external incision). Depending on your needs and your case, Dr Turner will suggest the appropriate method for your nose surgery:

  • Open Nose Surgery (Open rhinoplasty) – Open rhinoplasty makes an incision that starts under your nostril on the interior part of the nostrils and continues over the columella – the outer divide between the nostrils. This is a great approach since it lets the surgeon see the tissue they work on and, in some cases, yields better aesthetic results than closed rhinoplasty.
  • Closed Nose Surgery (Closed rhinoplasty) – A closed nose surgery or blind rhinoplasty relies on two incisions inside your nostrils. This way, there is no scar on your columella. However, this approach is not best suited for everybody since the surgeon has limited access and must rely on palpation to feel some of the results during the surgery.

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Recovery After a Nose Job

A nose job or a rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure. Because of the limitedblood supply to the nose, nose job recovery may take longer to heal than some other surgical procedures. The swelling and bruising are usually cleared within two weeks after the procedure, but you should allow months to heal the bone and the cartilage. You may not see the full nose surgery result for 6 months or more.

The scars may take around a year to fully mature but will be mostly invisible since Dr Scott Turner will place them in hard-to-see places, such as the columella and the inner part of your nostrils. After the healing and fading of the scar are finished, you could opt for scar-mininimisation treatment that your surgeon may suggest as the best for your skin type.

Risk & Complications Of Nose Reshaping & Nose Surgery

As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with nose surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.

It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

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Potential Risks and Complications of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Dr Turner, as part of the comprehensive informed consent process, will meticulously address the potential risks and complications associated with plastic surgery during your consultation. His utmost priority is to ensure your well-being and he will outline the measures he will undertake to diligently manage and minimise these risks. It is important to note that despite all precautionary efforts, surgical complications can still arise.

The success of any surgical procedure heavily relies on the collaborative efforts of both the surgeon and the patient. We kindly urge you to actively participate in this partnership by diligently following Dr Turner’s instructions. Prioritise ample rest, maintain a nourishing diet, and allocate sufficient time for a smooth recovery, as these factors significantly contribute to expediting the healing process.

Outlined below are the general risks that pertain to all surgical procedures:

  •  Postoperative infection: There is a possibility of developing an infection following the surgery.
  •  Bleeding or hematoma: Occasional bleeding or the formation of a hematoma may occur.
  •  Poor scarring, including keloid scars: Although efforts are made to achieve favourable scarring, there is a chance of suboptimal scarring, including the formation of keloid scars.
  •  Blood clots in legs or lungs: In rare instances, blood clots may form either in the legs or lungs.
  •  Revision surgery needed to correct or improve outcome: It is important to acknowledge that additional surgical intervention may be required to rectify or enhance the initial outcome.

By maintaining open communication, adhering closely to Dr Turner’s guidance, and implementing appropriate self-care measures, we can enhance the likelihood of achieving a remarkable outcome. Your well-being is of paramount importance to us, and we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care throughout this journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rhinoplasty FAQs about Nose Reshaping

What’s the difference between a rhinoplasty and nose job?

A nose job is a broader term that includes rhinoplasty, tip rhinoplasty, septoplasty and alarplasty etc. A rhinoplasty involves reshaping the exterior of the nose by adjusting the underlying bone and cartilage.

Can a nose job change your face?

Yes, a nose job can change the proportions of your face. If you choose a specialist plastic surgeon, they will be able to change your nose, so it looks good on your face. On the other hand, an inexperienced doctor or surgeon may bring about an undesired change to your nose. Rhinoplasty patients also report looking some three years younger on average after their surgery.

Do nose jobs leave scars?

Yes, nose jobs leave scars. The scars are usually hidden in the interior of your nostrils. In the case of open rhinoplasty, there will be a small, barely visible scar across your columella, which will fade over time.

Are nose jobs permanent?

Yes, nose jobs are permanent. You should take note that even after rhinoplasty, your nose will change just as your body changes during the healing period. As you age, you may notice slight changes in the nose, such as growth.
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How long is nose job surgery?

A nose job surgery generally lasts some 3-4 hours. During this time, your nose surgeon will put you under anaesthesia, remove any excess tissues, reshape the nose bridge and the tip and apply sutures. You will usually be released the same day.

How painful is a nose surgery?

Nose surgery is done under general anaesthesia to avoid experiencing any pain during the surgical procedure. After the procedure, you will be on pain medication during the healing period. Most patients say that they experience discomfort during the healing phase, not pain.

What happens during a nose job?

During a nose job, your nose surgeon will put you under anaesthetic. They will proceed to make the incisions and reshape the bone and the cartilage that may be the source of your dissatisfaction. The surgeon will then apply the sutures, and you will usually be released on the same day.

What age can I get a nose job?

Your nose can continue to grow until you are around 25. You should ideally be at least 18 years of age for a nose job. Doing a nose job on a younger patient may give less-than-ideal results as the patient grows and may require a further revision.

What should I know before getting a nose job?

Before getting a nose job, you will need to know:

  • That you need at least two weeks off work
  • That you need to find the best nose surgeon to do your surgery
  • That there are risks and complications associated with any nose surgery
  • That you can always contact your surgeon with any concerns, you may have.
  • You may need a revision nose surgery

How does a nose job make you look better?

A Nose job can make you look better because it changes the proportions of your face so that you have a better facial balance. They also can make you look around 3 to 5 years younger. A good rhinoplasty will also shift the focus from your nose to your eyes and mouth, making your face more expressive.

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you  beautiful results. He is one of Sydney’s great Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a focus on face surgeries in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most effective and safest surgical procedures. 
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

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