Rhinoplasty (nose job, nasal surgery)
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. The aims of
rhinoplasty are to create a beautiful harmonious nose that
works well, and lasts a lifetime. It must also look absolutely
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?Rhinoplasty is one of Mr Callan’s main areas of interest and
expertise. Mr Callan has over 20 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
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
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 ar e
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 to keep you comfortable. The
nose will be packed for a couple of hours only after surgery
unless major airway work is done, in which case overnigh t
may be necessary.
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,
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
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 for stitches, then at ten days, four weeks and three
months. We will then see you annually for a couple of years.
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