Nose Surgery - Rhinoplasty Perth, Western Australia
Dr Timothy Cooper and his team at Rodin Clinic are the leading cosmetic specialists offering a full suite of cosmetic surgery, including rhinoplasty in Perth.
Our procedure for rhinoplasty is otherwise known as: Nose Surgery, Nose Job or Nose Reshaping.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. This includes changing the size, altering the profile, correcting any defects and narrowing the span of the nostrils. Rhinoplasty may also be performed for functional reasons such as breathing difficulties secondary to airway problems including septal deformities and turbinate enlargement.
Contact us today for more details about our advanced procedure for rhinoplasty in our Perth clinic and what you can expect.
Plastic surgery is certainly an option to consider but it is important to discuss the procedure with your surgeon to set expectations ahead of time. Whilst undergoing a rhinoplasty can enhance one’s appearance, it won’t necessarily bring a dramatic change or cause others to treat you differently.
The best candidates are those with clear and realistic expectations. Good physical and psychological health are important.
Dr Cooper has a particular interest and expertise in both aesthetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty. He spends a considerable amount of time in the consultation discussing the client’s individual desires and what is achievable. He uses computer software to discuss the various options available and the goal is to reach a consensus as to what is an aesthetic ideal for the individual.
What are the risk of undergoing Rhinoplasty
As with all cosmetic procedures there are risks involved, although major complications are infrequent. Perhaps the most common risk our patients face is not meeting all their expectations, especially when they were high to begin with.
There are two different approaches with the procedure. When the surgery is performed from inside the nose, no scars are visible. However, when it requires an “open” technique or narrowing of flared nostrils, small external scars will be present. In over 95% of rhinoplasty procedures Dr Cooper performs he uses an open approach. In addition to temporary swelling and nasal stuffiness, other problems may include bleeding and septal perforation.
The commonest complication is when the aesthetic ideals are not realised, particularly given the results are somewhat subjective. In 10% of cases a revision procedure may be offered.
Planning the surgery
When it comes to planning your rhinoplasty surgery, communication is incredibly important. During the initial consultation Dr Cooper will discuss the procedure and ask what you want to achieve with rhinoplasty. The structure of your nose and face will then be carefully evaluated to discuss the possibilities.
Understanding the procedure is important as there are factors that could affect the results. These include the structure of your nasal bone, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, and your age.
Advanced computer imaging allows us to provide a more realistic picture of what your new nose could look like after the surgery. We show all new patients these images to give them a better understanding of what the nose job procedure can and cannot do. The imaging system allows you to better visualise the proposed changes on how your nose will look following the surgery. Other procedures including chin augmentation may be recommended if there is an imbalance.
The duration of surgery is usually between 2-3 hours although more complicated procedures may require more time. During the procedure, incisions are made to separate the skin from the supporting framework of bone and cartilage. The underlying cartilage is sculpted, reduced or augmented. It may be necessary to harvest extra tissue from the temple, ear or rib. Dr Cooper will discuss the likelihood of this being necessary during your procedure. Alloplastic materials such as silicone are contra indicated in rhinoplasty.
The nature of the sculpting depends on the issue at hand and the look you want to achieve. This also guides the preferred technique used during the procedure. The skin is then re draped over the new nose structure. Once the nose surgery is complete, a splint is placed to help the nose maintain its shape. Nasal packs may also be used to stabilise the septum.
What to expect after the surgery
Once you’ve had your rhinoplasty surgery you can expect swelling for several days around the area operated on. Your face will feel puffy and your nose may ache. Your anaesthetist will prescribe medication to reduce any discomfort you may experience after your surgery.
We recommend that you stay in bed for the first day with your head elevated to aid with the healing process. If your procedure requires nasal packing, it will be removed prior to discharge and you will begin to feel much more comfortable. Any swelling or bruising from the nose surgery will start to disappear within two weeks, although subtle swelling will remain for several months.
Most patients who undergo rhinoplasty can return to work a week following the surgery. However, it may be several weeks until you are completely ready to return to your normal schedule.
Your new look
After the surgery, it is easy to forget that you will be looking better especially when your face is bruised and swollen. Many patients often feel depressed initially after plastic surgery, but it is quite normal and understandable. Rest assured that this stage will eventually pass. As the days and weeks progress, your nose will begin to look much better. It is important to remember that healing is a slow and gradual process.
The final results after having a nose job may not be apparent for a year or longer. In the meantime, it is normal to have unexpected reactions from family and friends. One thing to keep in mind, is to remember why you decided to have the rhinoplasty procedure in the first place. If your goals are met then you can consider the surgery a success.
Non surgical nose job
Non-permanent soft tissue fillers are a valid option when there are minor defects in the nose shape. They can be administered in an outpatient setting and last a surprising amount of time. They are a low-cost option to consider.
Generally it’s best to recuperate at home where things are familiar and you can access help. Some people elect to go away for their recuperation and that’s fine as long as you have adequate access to wound care and help with daily chores.
Following your surgery you will be prescribed pain medication which may be an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory or sometimes a combination and this prescription is given to you by your anaesthetist . Should you have concerns about post-operative pain relief then you need to address these with your anaesthetist.
Plastic surgeons undergo extended rigorous training which involves at least 7 years post graduate study. As part of that program they learn about cosmetic surgery. Under current legislation anyone can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon provided they are a doctor. However, unless you have a higher specialist qualification in plastic surgery you are not allowed to call yourself a Plastic Surgeon. Dr Cooper is a qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery.