Rhinoplasty Surgery – Nose Job in Melbourne and Sydney

A Rhinoplasty or more simply a “nose job”, focuses on changing the shape of your nose. As the focal point of the face, your nose plays a key role in creating attractive, balanced features. Dr Richard Sackelariou is a top Rhinoplasty Surgeon for Nose Reshaping procedures and secondary “re-dos”, offering patients well-balanced, natural-looking and uplifted post-surgery results.

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An “out of proportion’ nose can impact your self-esteem and throw off the balance of your face. Rhinoplasty alters the bones and cartilages that make up the nose, the lining of the nasal passageways and even the skin covering. This surgery changes the profile, length and/or width of the nose. It can also change the shape of your nose tip.

Furthermore, surgeons perform the operation closed (with all incisions inside the nostrils) which is popular for Rhinoplasty Surgery. Whereas, open Rhinoplasty (with a small incision underneath the nose) is popular for revisional surgery.


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Benefits of a Rhinoplasty Procedure

A Rhinoplasty patient may benefit from any of these results

Smaller Nose Size

Patients with large noses or drooping nose tips feel like their faces are unbalanced and unattractive. Rhinoplasty surgery helps correct these issues and gives you back your confidence.

Improved Look and Appearance

Crooked or misshapen noses, or noses with humps or bumps affects your appearance. Whether they be naturally occurring or due to trauma, Rhinoplasty surgery corrects the shape and appearance of your nose.

Improved Breathing and Airways

Septoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that helps improve a deviated septum. Surgeons straighten the septum to restore a natural balance to your nasal passages. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with another Rhinoplasty procedure.

A Natural Appearance

Many patients simply desire a more natural appearance to their nose and face. Rhinoplasty surgery corrects large, crooked, bumpy or drooping noses to give you back your confidence.

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Are you a Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

A Rhinoplasty may be suitable for a patient with any of the below concerns

Naturally Disproportionate Noses

Some patients are unfortunately born with natural nasal deformities including overly large noses and nasal humps or bumps. This issue affects children, teens and adults, leading to ridicule and a severe decline in self-confidence. Rhinoplasty can also be performed on patients with fully developed noses.

Trauma or Accident Induced Deformities

Accidents cause deformities to the nose such humps or bumps, and/or a crooked, misshapen appearance. Some patients wish to correct their noses immediately after their accidents. However, Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed years after your accident.

Breathing and Snoring Issues

Chronic snoring is not only frustrating for your partner or family, it can also be a sign of a more serious condition. A deviated septum is the most common nasal deformity that can cause breathing issues including sleep apnea. Deviated septums can occur naturally or as a result of trauma. As well as these issues, patients often have difficulty breathing in general. Septoplasty or Septo/Rhinoplasty may help correct this issue.

Rhinoplasty Surgical Procedure

  • The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and generally takes about two hours if closed or about 3 hours if an open operation is needed.
  • Usually, Rhinoplasty involves an overnight stay in hospital. It is possible for the surgery to be done as a day surgery if the surgery is minor.
  • In general, this is not a painful operation but may be uncomfortable. Your nose may be blocked for one or more weeks and you may have to breathe through your mouth (as you would if you had a bad cold).
  • You may experience some discomfort for 2-3 days post-surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain relief to manage your discomfort.
  • Following the operation, you will have a small plastic splint over the nose for protection. This should stay in place for approximately one week. Rarely small packs are placed into the nostrils. These should not cause undue discomfort and will be removed the morning following surgery.
  • Your nose will feel strange, somewhat tight and swollen for several days. You will also most likely have a degree of swelling and bruising, particularly around the eyes and cheeks. 
  • Bruising lasts 7 to 10 days but is made much less obvious with ice packs in the first 36 hours.
  • Although most of the swelling settles in 4-6 weeks, some swelling can take six months or longer to dissipate.
  • Swelling inside the nose can persist for several weeks and cause nasal stuffiness. A Spray will be prescribed if this occurs.

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Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery

The length of your recovery period after nose surgery will depend on your anatomy, general health and the specifics of your procedure. Recovery processes and healing time frames can also vary significantly from person to person. Your lifestyle and choices after surgery can impact your healing and results. Be sure you get adequate rest, good nutrition and don’t smoke. The general rule, however, is that you should allow at least 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery.

Scars can take time to fully mature, sometimes up to a year or more. Swelling may take an extended period of time to fully settle. You will need to work with your Surgeon to allow for adequate and proper healing time. You need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by Dr Sackelariou, and attend all post-operative consultations.

Be sure you wear the surgery tapes and splint as instructed and take advantage of the recommended recovery products to assist you during your healing and recovery. Healing continues for a while after surgery as the skin shrinks and adjusts to the new framework. The quality of the skin overlying the nasal cartilage is an important factor in the final appearance of the nose. Thick and oily skin doesn’t conform well and may compromise the result. Older skin does not possess the elastic properties of younger skin and may preclude an optimal result.

Remember: there is no guarantee with surgery; the aim of this procedure is improvement not necessarily perfection.

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Cost of Rhinoplasty Surgery

Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, an Anaesthetist fee, a Surgical Assistant fee, and hospital fees.

You may be eligible for a Medicare Item Number or subsidy from your Private Health Insurance as nose surgery can be a functional surgery that is covered. Ask your surgeon or read the MBS Item Code Guidelines.

The Most Popular Item Numbers used for Nose Surgery are:

  • 41671   Septoplasty or Septum surgery
  • 41672   Nasal septum reconstruction
  • 45635 Rhinoplasty partial for Bony vault correction – airway obstruction
  • 45641   Rhinoplasty for airway congestion
  • 45644   Rhinoplasty for an obstructed airway – using distant donor materials
  • Both Items 45641 + 41671 – Septo/Rhinoplasty

You may also be able to get your Super Fund to pay for your surgery.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

What are the risks or complications of nose surgery?

As Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, there is a small risk of complications. However, as the surgery and anaesthesia are safe it is most unlikely you will experience difficulty.

However, there are potential problems you need to understand before proceeding with your surgery, including:

  • Bleeding – In about 2-3% of cases, bleeding might occur after rhinoplasty.
  • Infection – Infection is very uncommon following rhinoplasty because of the superior healing qualities of the face.
  • Scarring – Incisions used to carry out the treatment are hidden: either the incisions are internal or involve a small cut through the base of the nose.
  • Nasal shape – When it comes to the shape of your nose, swelling can affect nasal contour and during this period of settling improvement in nasal shaping can be expected.
  • Breathing – You may notice some nasal congestion and restriction to airflow through the nose—particularly in the early postoperative months.
  • Sensation – For the first few months, the tip of the nose may feel numb, however, this is quite normal and usually recovers completely.
  • Anaesthetic – For this procedure, you will be receiving general anaesthesia, and your anaesthetist will discuss possible discomforts following anaesthetic with you.

When can I return to normal activities?

Generally speaking, you will be happy to see friends by the second week following surgery. It is important that you don’t over-exert yourself during the healing period or troublesome bleeding may occasionally occur.

Will I need a “Re-Do” or Revision Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a very complex and difficult procedure, the nose can move as it heals. The medical literature estimates there is a 20 to 30% chance of your needing a further nose job or revision rhinoplasty at some point in the future.  Some people have had many nose jobs because they did not choose a good nose surgeon for their primary surgery.

For more information read this blog on avoiding a revision nose surgery 

How important are psychological factors in relation to this procedure?

Before any cosmetic or plastic surgery is carried out it is important that you have realistic expectations. This will assist us in providing you with the best treatment to suit your needs. A new nose will not guarantee a new life nor will it put an end to your personal problems.


Why Choose Dr Richard Sackelariou?

The first step to chin augmentation surgery or cosmetic injections is to arrange a confidential appointment with Dr Richard Sackelariou in either his Melbourne 1300 264 811 or Sydney 1300 661 362  location.

During this consultation, you’ll be asked about your medical history, prior facial surgeries, and which concerns have led you to seek a surgical solution.  There is no obligation to proceed with surgery but you’ll have a far better idea about what’s involved with chin implant procedures.

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Dr Richard Sackelariou is a renowned plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is highly skilled and has worked in England, Paris, and Sydney, learning and improving his techniques as he went along. Dr Sackelariou specialises in face, nose, breast and body surgery for women and men.

Recommendation: Choose a FRACS recognised Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has expertise in your chosen procedure.


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

Dr Sackelariou is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures.

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

What’s Next

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