Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery, nose job)
What is it?
Rhinoplasty is altering the shape and size of the nose to put it into a more harmonious balance with the face. It may or may not involve surgery to improve breathing.
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?
Mr Callan has many years of experience at this procedure. He performs rhinoplasty regularly and keeps up to date with the latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon, Mr Callan performs this procedure to the highest standard available.
Can I see photographs?
You can see photographs of people who have had this procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of photographs of people who have had the type of rhinoplasty you may be suitable for.
Who has a rhinoplasty?
Those who feel that their nose could be improved with surgery and those who have a flaw that is relatively easy to see and that may be distressing to them. If you have difficulty breathing you may also be a candidate for rhinoplasty. In general, you should wait until the nose has finished growing before considering surgery.
Am I suitable?
You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for wanting rhinoplasty and happy with your informed decision. You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal crisis is no time to be making decisions about such surgery.
What would make me unsuitable for surgery?
Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of 18-28, under stress when making your decision, or having a medical condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?
Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. It is done through a small incision under the nose and inside the nose. The nasal shape under the skin is altered, the airway adjusted if appropriate and the skin replaced. The skin then adopts the new nasal shape. In addition the nasal airway can be improved if breathing is a difficulty.
What are the benefits?
What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter. Obvious flaws can be corrected and this in turn can make you feel more comfortable with your appearance in general or simply help you to breathe more satisfactorily.
What are the risks?
All surgery carries some element of risk. You can minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself a stress free time during which to recover. The particular risks and complications of this surgery will be discussed at your first consultation. The most common are slight asymmetry or needing a small adjustment after surgery. There are other risks common to all surgery and you will be made aware of these.
Will I have scars?
The small incisions are always present but will fade over the first six to 12 months. As a rule, the incision lines are inconspicuous.
How long will I be in hospital for?
Usually overnight but occasionally you can go home the same day, depending on how you are after the anaesthetic. Someone will need to take you home from hospital and should stay with you the first night. Rhinoplasty is not particularly painful but you will be given medication if it is required to keep you comfortable. The nose will be packed for a couple of hours only after surgery but you will likely have a splint on for at least a week which can be difficult to live with after awhile. We will help advise you on how to cope with this.
How long will I need to recover?
This varies but usually ranges from two to four weeks. The nose shape looks pretty good after two weeks but takes many months to settle completely. It's a good idea to take some time out from more strenuous activities so you don't prolong your recovery. The same guidelines apply to exercise, with mild to moderate exercise allowable early on and full aerobic activities after four weeks. You can shower within hours of surgery. You must not drive until you are fully recovered from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of surgery. If in doubt, don't.
Do I wear a splint after surgery?
Yes, you will have a splint on for at least a week. This helps reduce swelling and keeps your nose shape steady while it is healing.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?
Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for the first few days and then we'll see you about four days after surgery, then at ten days, four weeks and three months. You are of course welcome to call or visit at any time if you have any concerns.
For more information refer to our dedicated rhinoplasty site www.rhinoplastygeelong.com.au