Geelong Cosmetic Clinic


Rhinoplasty or a “nose job” is surgery on your nose and it is one of the more popular as well as fulfilling of almost any cosmetic plastic surgery operation. Actually Rhinoplasty is amongst the first cosmetic plastic procedures ever conducted, way back in 1898.

Rhinoplasty can:

  • Eliminate humps along the bridge of your nose
  • Enhance and also refine the actual the tip of your nose
  • Narrow down or enlarge the nostrils
  • Improve the angle between your nose as well as the upper lip
  • Lessen or increase the length of your nose
  • Improve the incline or angle of the nose
  • Increase or reduce projection of your nasal tip

Septoplasty (to mend the septum of the nose) can also be carried out to correct an accident or birth defect, in order to enhance your breathing. The septoplasty or reconstructive nose reshaping is performed simultaneously as the rhinoplasty procedure to improve the appearance of your nose.

As Rhinoplasty surgery can transform your current profile, a lot of patients make use of electronic digital imaging to assist them to envisage not only what is achievable and but also what they might look like after the operation.

Am I the Right Candidate for Nose Surgery?
The most suitable candidates for nose surgery are individuals who are seeking a marked improvement in the way they look, not individuals looking for perfection. The trend in nose surgery in recent times is focused on the “natural” look. Whether or not you are a suitable candidate is for our surgeon Mr Richard Rahdon and you to discuss. We undertake a full analysis of your medical history in addition to a comprehensive clinical consultation. If you are suitable, Mr Rahdon will go over with you whether you should have an open or a closed rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Surgery
The operation normally requires several hours and is conducted using a general anesthetic. You will typically have to stay in hospital for one evening. Rhinoplasty can be performed using a number of techniques depending upon the individual characteristics of your nose – certain techniques might be easier, while others may involve increased complexity.

The procedure is usually either a:

  • Closed rhinoplasty – all the cuts are concealed inside the nose; or an
  • Open rhinoplasty – most of the incisions are made inside the nose as well as an further tiny cut upon the skin of your nose midway down the columella (the slim section of skin in the midline between your tip of the nose and the top lip).

Your nose is reshaped via a variety of methods – minimising any kind of hump on the top of the nose, boosting any flatness of the nose with bone grafts, straightening the nose, thinning the bridge of the nose by breaking the bones of the nose and resetting them, straightening the septum to improve the air passages, and also modifying the end of the nose and eliminating and sculpting the existing cartilage material, or adding more cartilage to give more effective support – by means of these access incisions. The wounds are then sutured with stitches and splints and dressings are applied to the exterior of the nose.

Rhinoplasty is not a particularly painful procedure and during the surgery local anesthetic is given so that once you wake from your operation you can be comfortable. Nevertheless, some soreness can be expected following your operation which can be relieved with cold compresses and medication prescribed by Dr Rahdon. Once you leave hospital, simple painkillers for example paracetamol, should be used to be able to deal with any kind of discomfort.

Exactly what is the Recovery Time following Surgery?
You might suffer from bruising and also swelling around the nose region and this can occasionally take a few weeks to subside after surgery. The splint and bandages are removed 1 week following surgery and the majority of our patients are in a position to return to work fourteen days following the operation. Make sure you avoid contact sports for 3 months.

What are the Possible Risks and Issues?
Major complications are usually not common following nose surgery, however, you have to be conscious that any procedure bears with it the possibility of complications. During your preliminary assessment Mr Rahdon will cover with you in depth the risks and complications of this particular surgery. If you choose to progress with surgery, we shall again clarify any risks as part of the consenting process.

We make certain that risks are kept to a complete minimum by way of selecting suitable clients as well as the the right operation for your particular needs. You need to understand that our extremely qualified and experienced surgeon, Mr Rahdon, will not perform any cosmetic procedure except when he believes that that the benefits significantly outweigh the risks in your case.

To further talk about nose surgery, please give us a call on (03) 5215 1070 or make an appointment with Dr Rahdon via our online Book Your Consultation form to discuss any queries you have.