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Considering Rhinoplasty? Here Is What You Need To Know


Rhinoplasty is not only an option to address aesthetic concerns such as the size, shape, symmetry, and proportions of the nose but can also address functionality issues. If an individual is experiencing difficulty breathing or has a nasal deformity, rhinoplasty can be an option to address these issues.

In this blog, we’ll delve into what a rhinoplasty is, what is involved, what makes a suitable candidate, and what to expect after the procedure.

What is rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to reshape or reconstruct the nose. On the aesthetic side of things, this procedure aims to change the nose’s appearance so that it is aligned with the patient’s desires.

As these desires are heavily individualised, due to the rhinoplasty’s ability to change the size or shape of the nose, each procedure will differ. Some more specific examples of these alterations are shaving excess bone and cartilage to remove the appearance of a ‘dorsal hump’, altering the angle between the nose and upper lip, or narrowing the nostrils. If functionality issues are present, correcting structural defects that may affect breathing due to birth or injury is another area this procedure can address.


During a rhinoplasty (nose job) the surgeon may make incisions inside the nostrils or across the base of the nose, known as an open rhinoplasty. Through this, the surgeon can access the underlying bone and cartilage to reshape the nose. Sometimes, the surgeon may remove or rearrange cartilage and bone; occasionally, they may also use tissue grafts to achieve the desired result. Once the reshaping is complete, the incisions are closed, and a splint or nasal packing typically supports the nose to aid healing.

If you’re considering rhinoplasty, it’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific needs, and discuss the potential risks and benefits, to help you determine whether it’s the right option for you. Dr Scamp is a qualified and accredited surgeon who has been performing rhinoplasty procedures for 30 years and is based on the Gold Coast. To book in for a one-on-one consultation with Dr Scamp please do not hesitate to contact us.

Who is a suitable candidate for the procedure?

A suitable candidate for rhinoplasty is typically an individual who has specific concerns about the appearance or functionality of their nose.

Individuals dissatisfied with their noses’ size, shape, symmetry, or proportion may consider a rhinoplasty to align their appearance with their desires. Common aesthetic concerns include a hump on the nasal bridge, a bulbous or drooping nasal tip, or wide nostrils.

As stated, a rhinoplasty can also be performed to address functional problems. An individual with a deviated septum (the partition between the nostrils), nasal valve collapse, or structural abnormalities obstructing airflow could also be a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty.

Regarding age, it is recommended that individuals seeking rhinoplasty have reached physical maturity. Due to this requirement, there is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty candidates, given they meet the other criteria to be considered a suitable candidate.

Additionally, candidates should be in good general health to undergo surgery and anaesthesia. As is common practice any patients considering having surgery performed are expected to disclose their medical history to their surgeon, including any pre-existing conditions, medications, or allergies.

To ensure that the candidate’s well-being is prioritised, it is required that they have realistic expectations about the potential outcomes of a rhinoplasty. It is always important to note that while the procedure can be tailored to achieve each patient’s desired results, it may not achieve a ‘perfect’ or identical nose. A thorough consultation with the surgeon can aid in setting realistic goals by determining the feasibility of the desired changes.

Another factor to consider is that undergoing any cosmetic procedure requires a level of psychological readiness and emotional stability. It is essential for any surgeon to clearly understand the motivations behind seeking rhinoplasty to further prioritise patient well-being.

If the criteria are met, the candidate will then need to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the plastic surgeon will assess the candidate’s situation by discussing their goals and concerns to determine if they are a suitable candidate for a rhinoplasty. Other factors that the surgeon will consider are the patient’s physical characteristics, medical history, and overall health, which will aid them in making an informed decision.

A guide to the recovery and results of a rhinoplasty

After a rhinoplasty, the immediate postoperative period involves using bandages and a splint to protect and support the nose during healing. These are typically removed around a week after the surgery. Swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes are common but can be reduced using cold compresses and keeping the head elevated.

Pain or discomfort may be experienced during the first week, but it can be managed with prescribed pain medications. Breathing through the nose may be difficult due to swelling and congestion, so saline nasal sprays or irrigation may be recommended to keep the nasal passages moist and clear. Strenuous activities or anything that could impact the nose should be avoided during this initial recovery period.

The most visible swelling and bruising subside over two to four weeks, but some residual swelling may persist for several weeks or months. Nasal congestion gradually improves as the swelling diminishes, allowing for easier breathing. Depending on individual healing progress, work and regular activities can often be resumed within a couple of weeks, following the surgeon’s guidance and avoiding activities that may affect recovery.

In the long term, it may take several months for the nose to stabilise fully after a rhinoplasty. During this time, the reshaped tissues and structures gradually settle into their final positions. Scarring from incisions during the procedure is typically minimal and fades over time. Final results will vary from person to person and may take time to become apparent. It can take up to a year for the swelling to completely resolve and for the nose to achieve its final shape and appearance.

Follow-up appointments are essential for monitoring healing progress, removing sutures if necessary, and addressing any concerns or questions. It’s crucial to understand that these are general guidelines, and individual recovery processes may vary based on factors such as the complexity of the procedure, unique healing ability, and the surgeon’s specific instructions. We want to emphasize that following the surgeon’s postoperative instructions closely is essential for the best possible recovery and results.

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Dr Terrence Scamp is a qualified and accredited specialist plastic surgeon who has devoted over 3 decades to honing his skills and knowledge.

Beyond refining his own expertise, he has actively contributed to the growth of fellow plastic surgeons through teaching, lecturing, and mentoring.

If you’re considering a one-on-one consultation with Dr Scamp to discuss your desired procedure, please contact us to schedule an appointment.