Rhinoplasty in Perth
Nose surgery in Perth or ‘rhinoplasty’ is a cosmetic procedure to reshape the nose and improve its appearance or function.
Rhinoplasty – referred to by some as a ‘nose job’ in Perth – is performed for cosmetic reasons or for reconstructive purposes, such as correcting breathing problems.
Nose surgery can change the size of the nose as well as its width and profile. The nose tip, shape of the nostrils and balance of the nose (nasal symmetry) can also be altered.
Book a Consultation
To find out if nose surgery in Perth is right for you, the first step is to book a consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon. They will discuss your expectations and any concerns you may have. Pricing and post-operative care will also be discussed.
At Assure Cosmetic Centre, you are in the care of an expert medical team. You will always feel informed, comfortable and confident.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nose surgery aims to achieve the following results:
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Make the nose look more symmetrical (keeping in mind that perfect symmetry is not always possible)
- Make the nose a little smaller or larger
- Restore the height of a flattened area
- Alter the appearance of the nasal tip
- Reduce the size of large nasal openings
- Correct a hump deformity
- Improve the look of the nose in relation to the upper lip
- Correct birth defects
- Repair damage caused by injury or disease
- Open up nasal passages and improve breathing
The degree of improvement from rhinoplasty depends on the basic structure of your nose and skin. Changes may often be subtle and not initially obvious, with the aim being a natural-looking, improved shape which complements your face. Occasionally, minor adjustments may be required.
The desired end result should be improvement, not perfection. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre is the best person to determine if your expectations are achievable.
The surgical technique used for rhinoplasty in Perth depends on your physical features and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s method. Incisions are usually made inside the nostrils, through which reshaping and trimming of bone and cartilage is carried out. External splints and internal nose packs may be used. The procedure may take 1-2 hours.
In Perth, rhinoplasty is performed in an accredited hospital, either as a day case or with a short hospital stay. This will depend on your general health, the extent of the procedure, and your surgeon’s advice. Nose surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia.
Usually incisions are made inside the nose and are therefore not visible. Occasionally, incisions are made on the skin of the ‘columella’ or in the creases of the nostrils. These scars are usually barely noticeable and fade with time.
Although no major complications are expected with a rhinoplasty procedure, you may have some bruising and swelling around the eyes, which subsides quickly. Swelling of the nose subsides more slowly and some numbness may be present for a few months. The final appearance of your surgery may take 3-4 months to be fully evident. Other post-operative complications, such as delayed healing, infection or excessive bleeding are quite uncommon.
A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after the procedure, including instruction about protecting your skin from the sun.
Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter, and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you. Most patients are able to return to work within a fortnight.
An initial consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will cost approximately $220 (fees vary slightly per surgeon) and take about 30-45 minutes. If a Medicare item applies to your potential procedure then you will be entitled to a rebate from Medicare of approximately $75, providing you have a written referral from your GP or specialist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and specialist referrals for 3 months.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, such as your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing will vary from case to case, but an indicative range of your surgeon’s fee is $6,000 to $8,000 excluding GST. Anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees are additional.
There may be Medicare and private health insurance rebates available for nose surgery in Perth depending on strict Medicare eligibility criteria. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine exactly how much cover they will provide and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.