Rhinoplasty / Nose job

What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an operation that shapes the nose, and can be important in helping your breathing. Having a rhinoplasty aims to improve the appearance of your nose, address airway/breathing concerns, and give you renewed confidence in your appearance.

Is it suitable for me?

Most people who are interested in this operation have either trouble with breathing through one or both nostrils, or are concerned with their nose appearance. A rhinoplasty can help treat a hump on the top of the nose, make your nose wider or narrower, or address any concerns you may have about the tip of your nose. Marc Seifman is happy to discuss your treatment priorities with you and target your treatment towards your individual goals.

What is the difference between a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty?

A rhinoplasty treats the bones on the nose, whereas a septoplasty treats the cartilage in the middle of the nose. Depending on what your concerns are, you may need one or the other, or a combination of both. Marc Seifman is happy to discuss your treatment priorities with you and target your treatment towards your individual goals.

What scars will I have?

The scars you will have depend on whether you have a closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty. A closed rhinoplasty uses scars that are hidden inside the nostril, making them minimally visible. An open rhinoplasty uses some similar scars, but also has one on the skin between the nostrils. As a fully trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Marc Seifman is experienced in techniques that aim to both minimise any scarring, as well as hide the scarring as much as possible.

What is the usual timeline?

To begin your journey with Marc Seifman, you will typically have an initial consultation to discuss your goals and see how we can help you. It is important to remember that the initial consultation is a no obligation consultation. If you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

Initially, you may experience some discomfort in the nose and sinuses. We advise against blowing your nose, or bending over, for the first two weeks. You will likely have a little splint on your nose, and may have some packing in your nose over the first night after the operation. You may develop some bruising around the nose and eyes, which will resolve with time. You should be able to go home either on the same day as the operation, or the very next day.

You should be able to return to work within two to three weeks depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first six weeks.

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