Looking for Rhinoplasty in Sydney?
Rhinoplasty is a very popular type of cosmetic surgery that changes the shape or size of the nose. Your nose is one of the most prominent features on your face, so if you have any issues with it, it can seriously impact your quality of life. It may make you more introverted and even self-conscious about how other people are looking at you. And if the shape of your nose has been changed because of injury or other surgeries, it can even affect your breathing.
Fortunately, there are treatment options that can help. Dr Tobias Pincock has extensive experience and training in providing Rhinoplasty in Sydney. With his specialised and up to date approach, you can have your nose reshaped or resized for a more harmonious, natural appearance. And if you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your nose, this may help to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Rhinoplasty can help with the following issues and problems:
- It can increase or decrease the size of your nose.
- The ‘hump’ on your nose can be reduced.
- You can have the bridge of your nose reshaped.
- If you have a crooked nose it can be straightened.
- The shape of the tip of your nose can be improved.
- It can repair birth defects that affect the shape or function of the nose.
- It can repair the damage caused by injury, infection or cancer.
The Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery
For most people, having a nose job does more than fix an irritating problem. It actually has benefits for a number of aspects of one’s daily life. Some of the most common benefits are:
- A more aesthetically pleasing appearance in photos and in the mirror.
- Increased self-confidence.
- Increased self-esteem.
- Easier nasal breathing in cases where the nose was obstructed or partially obstructed.
- A more harmonious and natural balance between your nose and other facial features.
What is Rhinoplasty Cosmetic Surgery?
Rhinoplasty is commonly known as a nose job and it’s a form of surgery that reshapes and/ or repairs the nose. This surgery can be performed for purely cosmetic reasons or to correct a structural problem that’s causing breathing difficulties.
There are a number of different Rhinoplasty procedures that your surgeon can perform depending on what you want done. But no matter what procedure you’re having done, your surgeon will usually give you a general anaesthetic beforehand. A small incision is then made inside the nostrils or at the base of your nose. Your surgeon can then cut away cartilage or add cartilage taken from other areas to change the shape of your nose. Usually this cartilage is taken from the ear, rib, or cranial bone.
Afterwards, the incision is stitched up and the nose is put in a splint so that it holds its shape as it heals. The bandages will usually stay on for about a week, but make sure you follow your surgeon’s instructions about this.
Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery is performed in a hospital as an outpatient procedure. This means that you can go home at the end of the day.
What to Expect from your Rhinoplasty Consultation
Before you commit to any surgery, you will have a consultation with Dr Tobias Pincock, our Ear, Nose & Throat and Plastic Surgery specialist. During this appointment, you need to discuss any concerns you have about your nose, your goals for the surgery, and your expectations.
Dr. Pincock will also ask questions to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. This will include questions about your current health condition, what you want from the surgery, any medications you’re on, and any past treatments you’ve had.
He will also examine the internal and external structures of your nose. With this information, Dr. Pincock will be able to help you create a personalized treatment plan. This will help ensure that your new nose is not only aesthetically appealing, but that it also suits your face and doesn’t hinder your ability to breathe.
During this process, make sure that you ask any questions you may have and that you understand any complications that could arise as a result of your surgery. You will also have a second consultation closer to the date of the surgery, so if you think of any more questions after your initial consultation you can ask them then.
Who can have Rhinoplasty Cosmetic Surgery?
Most people can have a nose job as long as they’re in good health and have finished growing. Teenagers who are still developing shouldn’t have this type of surgery unless they have a structural problem with their nose that severely impairs their breathing. They need to wait until their nose has stopped growing, which is around the age of 16 for girls and 17 for boys.
There are a number of other issues that may affect the results of a nose job including your age, skin type, and ethnic background. Your surgeon will discuss these issues with you during your consultation.
What a Nose Job can’t do
Some people go into rhinoplasty surgery with impossible expectations. If you’re expecting to walk out with a perfect nose or with the same nose as your favourite celebrity, then you’re going to be disappointed. There’s no such thing as perfect, and the nose that looks so good on someone else probably won’t fit your face and would look obviously fake and out of balance. That’s why your surgeon will recommend surgical changes that suit your features and the natural balance of your face.
Getting nose surgery also won’t fix other things in your life that you’re not happy with. It won’t make you popular, help you get a partner, or change your career. It probably won’t even make you happy if you’re not. All it can do is make you look a little better and feel less self-conscious about any perceived flaws. And if your surgeon does a good job, most people won’t even notice that you’ve had work done once it’s healed. Because that’s the mark of a professional job.
FAQ’s for your Rhinoplasty in Sydney
• How much will it cost?
The cost of cosmetic surgery on the nose can vary depending on the extent of the work to be done and your own physical condition. Generally, the fees include the surgeon’s fees, the clinic or hospital fees, anaesthetist’s fees, and fees for extras such as medications and dressings. You will need to talk to your surgeon to get an exact price.
If you’re happy with the shape of your nose but need to have Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery for breathing problems, this surgery is often called ‘Functional Rhinoplasty’. If you need this type of surgery, insurance may cover some or most of the costs involved.
• How do I know that my surgeon is appropriately experienced and qualified?
It’s really important that you find a cosmetic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable. Getting any part of your face changed is a highly personal experience, so you need to be able to talk to your surgeon honestly about your hopes and your wishes for the surgery.
So don’t be afraid to shop around when it comes to cosmetic surgeons. Explore your options until you find one you feel you can trust.
However, it’s just as important that you find a surgeon who is qualified and experienced at performing nose jobs. Facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) training dedicates an extensive part of its program to rhinoplasty, so people with this training are uniquely qualified to perform this surgery. They’re not only trained in techniques that make your nose smaller or straighter, but also in how to perform these surgeries while preserving or improving your nasal breathing. That means that you should only ever have your rhinoplasty performed by a surgeon who has Otolaryngology training. This will help you to avoid costly mistakes or lifelong problems as a result of the surgery.
So, before you choose your surgeon, make sure they’re registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This means that they’re a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and it also means that you can check for serious disciplinary action taken against them.
Dr. Tobias Pincock is highly trained in cosmetic surgery of the face, head and neck area. He’s one of the few Australian surgeons to undergo formal Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical training in the US. This training included a fellowship at the University of Washington under a world-renowned expert in Rhinoplasty surgery.
• What should I expect after Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery?
Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home at the end of the day. Make sure you have someone to drive you, as it isn’t safe to drive after having anaesthesia. Also, have someone stay the night with you just in case you need assistance.
It’s normal to be congested after your rhinoplasty surgery, so you should rest as much as possible. Make sure that you sit up while sleeping and prop yourself up on some pillows to help with the congestion. Light and brief bouts of housework are usually all right, but you shouldn’t go to work or exercise vigorously for at least two weeks. Gentle walking is usually fine during this time.
How long you take to recover from a nose job will generally depend on your own healing ability and the extent of the changes. At first, you’ll probably experience some minimal pain, headaches, swelling and bruising. You may also have some bleeding and mucus discharge for the first few days. Dr. Pincock will give you detailed instructions on taking medications to reduce the pain and prevent infection. You can also use ice packs for the swelling and discolouration.
After the surgery, you will have a splint taped to the outside of your nose that must remain in place for about a week. This splint needs to be kept dry during showering. You may also have soft splints inside the nose. Make sure that you follow Dr. Pincock’s directions about the care and removal of any splints.
• When can I go back to work?
You can usually return to your normal daily activities within 2 or 3 weeks of the surgery. Obviously, this isn’t an unbreakable rule, so make sure you follow Dr. Pincock’s instructions to the letter when it comes to your recovery.
• What if something goes wrong after the surgery?
If you have a concern or problem after the surgery, don’t be afraid to call Dr. Pincock, or one of his nruse or medical team, for advice or to use the contact numbers that were given to you after the surgery. Feeling safe and supported during this process is essential to your peace of mind and to your healing. So make sure you reach out for assistance when you need it.
• Are there any possible complications from Rhinoplasty surgery?
Every type of surgery comes with risks, and Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery is no different. Make sure you discuss these risks with your surgeon and your Anaesthetist before you decide to go forward with the surgery.
Some of the risks of Rhinoplasty include the following:
- Severe or ongoing pain.
- Heavy nosebleeds.
- Permanent numbness around the nose.
- Infections that require antibiotics or further surgery.
- Difficulty breathing because of narrowed airways.
- A reduced sense of smell.
- In rare cases, the loss of your sense of smell.
- Abnormally thick scarring.
If you have any concerns about any complications, make sure you contact your surgeon immediately for advice and assistance.
• What if my nose doesn’t look like I wanted it to look?
You can’t judge the final appearance of your nose based on the first few days or weeks – or even months! – after the surgery. It will take time for your nose to heal and for the swelling to go down, which means that its final shape probably won’t be visible for some time. Within a few weeks after the surgery, the swelling will start to go down and you will notice a marked difference in the appearance of your nose. This amount of time can vary depending on the thickness of your skin and your healing ability. The swelling can be slow to go down in areas such as around the tip of the nose, so it may be some time before you get the full effect of the changes. For some people, this can take as long as 6 to 12 months, so be patient and give your body time to heal itself.
Because the healing process can be so individual, most cosmetic surgeons won’t even consider doing any further surgeries until at least a year after the initial surgery. If you get to the end of the year and still don’t like the shape of your nose, then you can discuss your options with your doctor.
• Will there be visible scars?
A nose job usually leaves very little scarring. Dr. Pincock will make the incisions in inconspicuous places, so once they heal they’ll be hard to see. In open Rhinoplasty an external incision is made and the scar fades very quickly, as early as 2-4 weeks (and any scarring you can see will naturally fade over time).
Rhinoplasty Surgeon Sydney
If you’re considering a nose job, Dr. Pincock’s practice is located in Bella Vista, which is convenient to Blacktown, Baulkham Hills, Parramatta, Castle Hill, and anywhere else in the Norwest region of Sydney.
So if you’re looking for an experienced and approachable, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist for your nose job, contact him today for a consultation.