What is Rhinoplasty?

A nose job is a highly customisable procedure that can change your nose shape and breathing. Dr Turner will create a unique plan with your needs and wishes in mind.

When it comes to planning, its better to not go in with an exact nose in mind. While it can be great to show Dr Turner some celebrity noses that you like, it’s much more important to have a result that is 100% suited to your exact face shape.

Whether your concerns are asymmetry, humps, or depressions in your nose, a nose surgery like rhinoplasty may improve it. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are many different types of nasal procedures available, which makes it crucial to consult with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. 

While it is a very common procedure, rhinoplasty is actually considered to be one of the most difficult types of plastic surgery. It’s a very intricate job and one small mistake can seriously alter your appearance and potentially, functionality. This is why it is absolutely essential to get a highly experienced plastic surgeon who has expertise in rhinoplasty surgeries. 

During your consultation, you will get a clear picture of what to expect from a nose job. Dr Turner will explain each aspect of the procedure and recovery. Best of all, thanks to 3D imaging technology, you can get a close-up view of what your potential new nose would look like on your face.

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Am I suitable for Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look.
If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, it is important that you are:

• Are at least 16 years old
• Have finished facial growth
• Are generally healthy
• Do not smoke
• Are seeking rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others
• Have realistic goals for the procedure

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

• Removal of a prominent hump and narrow the bony width at the bridge
• Refine the nasal tip
• Narrowing of the nasal base
• Reduce nostril width
• Correct asymmetry or deviations
• Relieve breathing problems

Using the 3D Vectra imaging system, patients will be able to see what changes are realistic and achievable. These simulations can often help patients describe the results they want and the changes they would like to avoid.

The operation can take between 3-4 hours and the patient is often fine to go home the same day. A small splint is required for a week to support and protect the bones while they set in their new position. Most bruising subsides 3-4 weeks post-surgery and most patients report a little pain and discomfort but this is easily controlled with pain medication. Although some results will be seen when the cast is removed, it takes about 12 months before the final result can be fully appreciated.

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Recovering After a Rhinoplasty or Nose Job

Everyone has a slightly different rhinoplasty experience so you’ll want to listen to your doctor’s recommendations for your exact procedure.

Generally speaking, though, you can expect to wake up with a small splint on your nose. This will be in place for up to two weeks to ensure that your nose heals perfectly. Within the splint, you’ll also have a couple of tiny splints in your nostrils that you’ll have to keep in place for a week. Basically, this is all to say that you’ll want to plan on being home for about two weeks during the healing process.

People often ask me if nose jobs hurt. Fortunately, the answer is no. Nose jobs are pretty painless. The doctor will give you a pain relief pill for the first couple of days and then over-the-counter medicine will be more than enough to deal with any discomfort.

Another surprising thing about nose jobs is that it takes a while to see the results. The swelling slowly goes down over time and your new nose gradually takes its shape over the course of several months.

Risks Associated with Rhinoplasty

As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with rhinoplasty 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.

Nose Revision Surgery

In a small but significant number of cases (about 10%) both the patient and surgeon feel the shape of the nose after six months is not quite that which was intended. A second procedure (revision rhinoplasty) may be called for. It is important to remember that the revision surgery cannot be carried out immediately, the nose has to be allowed to settle before further surgery is safe or desirable.

Next Steps

Your Cosmetic Plastic surgery consultation

During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.

Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.



Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.


Book a consultation

Submit an enquiry through our website or give us a call before booking your consultation. To ensure you are a suitable candidate for your desired procedure, Dr Turner asks to review your images before making a booking. This saves time and money if you are not a suitable candidate, in which case our lovely team will help direct you to an alternative procedure.


Meet with Dr Turner

Once your images have been approved and your consultation has been booked, we ask that you prepare any questions you may have for Dr Turner, as well as some images of desired outcomes for your surgery, this helps ensure you and Dr Turner are on the same page when discussing realistic results.


More questions?

Looking for more information before your consultation? You can book an additional 15min complimentary consultation with one of our patient liaisons here https://calendly.com/patients-bookings/patient-consult?month=2023-02


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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Rhinoplasty Surgery

When can I start exercising again after having a nose job?

You will need to wait two weeks or more after surgery before you can resume moderate exercise, to avoid increasing nasal swelling. Resume with gentle exercise only at first, to assist full rhinoplasty recovery as soon as possible as your swelling decreases over time.

How long will bruising and swelling last after rhinoplasty?

The appearance of bruising during nose job recovery depends on the method of surgery used, for example whether the nasal bones were fractured. The average period will be up to 10 days of facial bruising after rhinoplasty.
Major swelling subsides over three weeks, but minor swelling may last 12 months. Sometimes at 6 weeks we can inject a small amount of steroids to help resolve the swelling more quickly.

Can I have a nose job at any age?

Dr Turner does not recommend rhinoplasty for patients under the age of 16. It is important that your natural facial features have fully developed prior to undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure.
Surgery to refine the appearance of the nose is best done after a young person has finished growing. This usually means around the age of 17. At the other end of the spectrum, nasal surgery can be done at any age as long as you are in good health.

What scars will I have after a nose job?

Usually incisions for nose surgery are made inside the nose and are not visible. Incisions to the outer nose usually fade to become virtually invisible.
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When should I have a facelift?

There is no defined age that is best to undergo facelift surgery – we all age differently according to our genetics and environmental experiences such as sun exposure, skin care and smoking. Facelifts can be performed from early 40′s to late 70′s. Benefits usually last longer when a facelift is performed on a younger person who still have good skin elasticity.

How long will my facelift last?

Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.

Will people be able to see that I’ve had a facelift?

After getting a facelift, many patients mention that their friends and family make remarks about how they look fresh and rested. People might ask if you have been away on holiday or if you’ve “changed something”. There is no characteristic look of a facelift. Forget about the problems with the old fashioned unnatural face lifts. Modern procedures are undetectable. The procedure simply restores your youthful look and no one will be able to tell you’ve had anything done. You’ll just look like a well-rested and fresh version of you.

Do you do fat transfer as part of a facelift?

Fat transfer are an integral component of any facelift surgery, to give complete rejuvenation of the face. The concept of the volumetric facelift, combines the benefit of restoring facial volume associated with ageing with fat injections combined with lifting and tightening the deeper facial structures with a SMAS facelift procedure. There are very few patients that don’t benefit from the addition of fat grafting as part of a facelift procedure.

Will I have any scars?

The incisions used during a facelift, will depend on the procedure and the technique used. For instance, the incisions made for a traditional facelift will differ from a short-scar facelift or midface lift. With incisions made in natural borders, hairlines, and folds, once fully healed, they will be barely noticeable. At first, they may be pink and slightly raised, but within the first few months, they will begin to quickly fade.

How quickly will stitches be removed? How quickly will I heal?

Once you leave the hospital, a follow-up appointment will be made within the first 7 days. At this time, Dr Turner will assess your wounds and remove stitches. After this step is completed, it’s recommended that you commence topical silicone ointment along the incision line. Overall, most patients look presentable after the first 2 weeks. The full healing time for soft tissue and skin will be around 6 months. Although scaring may be red and itchy at first, within the first few months, they’ll begin to lighten. After 1-2 years, they will soften and be barely noticeable.

How long will I need to take off work?

More patients can return to work after 2 weeks following surgery. Within the first 3 days, you will likely experience swelling, which then settles after approximately 1 week. Overall, the healing process is rapid, and you will be able to return to your regular routine within 2-3 weeks. At 2 weeks, for instance, you can generally begin to perform light exercise, gently increasing activity levels over 6 weeks.

Will I need a drain after my facelift?

Yes, in most cases. Drains are used to gather excessive fluid after a facelift procedure. Your drain will be removed the day after your procedure. If you’re having a short scar facelift in a limited area, you might not need a drain. Dr Turner will advise you before the procedure so you know exactly what to expect.

Do hairlines shift after a facelift?

During your consultation with Dr Turner we evaluate which incision placement is best suited for you. If you require a large amount of skin removal than an incision placed along the hair line will minimize any hairline shifts which are an unfortunate stigma of having a poorly executed facelift surgery.

How will I look and feel initially?

The first few days after surgery are generally the most painful, particularly when you are moving around or coughing. You will be prescribed pain medication during this period. It is also normal to feel tired and a little slow for a day or two after an anaesthetic. You will have a splint on your nose to maintain its shape during the healing process. Swelling and bruising around the eyes will be noticeable within the first 24 hours after surgery. Ice packs over the eyes will help reduce the swelling. Care should be taken not to wet the splint.

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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