Cosmetic Surgery

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job): Enhancing Facial Harmony and Function

Introduction to Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure carried out in Tauranga or Whakatane that can be performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Cosmetic rhinoplasty aims to enhance the appearance of the nose by altering its shape, size, or proportions, while functional rhinoplasty focuses on correcting structural problems with the nose that affect breathing or nasal function, such as a displaced septum or collapse of the internal structures in the nose.

During a Rhinoplasty procedure, Mr Butler makes a small incision in the fleshy area of skin that sits between the two nostrils. This incision is then continued into each nostril to allow visualisation of the structures under the skin that give the nose its shape. The shape of the nose can be modified by altering the bone, cartilage, and soft tissue of the nose to achieve the desired changes.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours
  • Cost: $16000 to $26000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: 1 night in hospital

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds the day after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 1 week after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: 1 week after surgery.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work after 1-2 weeks, depending on bruising and swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rhinoplasty

Will I have visible scars after rhinoplasty?

In most cases, there will be a small cut made in the fleshy area of skin that sits between the two nostrils. This is designed to sit in a location that helps conceal it from view. In some cases, a closed rhinoplasty will be possible where all the cuts are made within the nostril itself.

What is the recovery process like after rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty, patients can expect some swelling and bruising in the first few weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities within a week or two, but strenuous activities and contact sports should be avoided for several weeks. It may take several months for the majority of swelling to subside and for the final results to become evident.

Can I achieve the exact nose shape I want with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can significantly alter the shape, size, and proportion of the nose, but it's important to have realistic expectations. Mr Butler will work closely with you during the consultation process in Tauranga or Whakatane to understand your goals and provide an assessment of what can be realistically achieved.

How long does it take to see the final results of rhinoplasty?

While some improvements will be visible immediately after the procedure, the final results of rhinoplasty may take several months to fully develop. The nose will continue to refine and settle as the swelling subsides. It's important to be patient during the healing process and follow the post-operative instructions to optimise the results.

Are there any risks or complications associated with rhinoplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty carries potential risks and complications, although they are relatively rare. These can include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, poor wound healing, scarring, changes in sensation, asymmetry, or unsatisfactory results. Mr Butler will spend time going through all the potential risks associated with rhinoplasty surgery.