Rhinoplasty and Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is one of most popular plastic surgery procedures available and there are a lot of people who are good candidates for rhinoplasty surgery. Often people with noses that are too large for their face, or people with crooked noses, may seek corrective nasal surgery. In some cases, the surgery is performed in order to correct disfigurement or breathing difficulties caused by injury, or birth defect, and in other cases rhinoplasty may be performed purely for cosmetic reasons. The majority of people who undergo rhinoplasty surgery, do so because they feel that the size of their nose negatively affects the appearance of their face. The aim of rhinoplasty is to improve the size or shape of the nose in proportion to the face.

Considering Rhinoplasty?

Although rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available, it is not suitable for everyone. Anyone considering rhinoplasty surgery, needs to be physically and mentally healthy and should be realistic about the expected results. This applies to all plastic surgery procedures.

People looking to improve the appearance of their nose, who have no underlying health issues, are the best candidates for rhinoplasty and nasal surgery. People who want to reduce the overall size of their nose, refine the tip, remove a bump, straighten the nose, reduce the size of the nostrils or improve breathing problems, should consider rhinoplasty surgery.


If you’re considering rhinoplasty, make an appointment for an initial consultation with Dr. Watts. Dr. Watts will conduct an assessment and examination of your nasal features and how they relate to the rest of your face.

During the consultation, Dr. Watts will explain in detail, the different aspects of rhinoplasty and nose surgery including, the likely outcome of your surgery, recovery time, potential risks, the cost, and whether you can receive a Medicare rebate for the procedure, anesthesia and hospital time. Dr. Watts will be able to answer any questions that you have regarding rhinoplasty and nose surgery at his office in West Perth. Dr. Watts uses computer imaging technology to give clients an idea of the expected results.


There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures; open and closed rhinoplasty. With closed rhinoplasty, all the incisions are made inside the nose. Scars from skin incisions will not be evident with closed rhinoplasty. With open rhinoplasty, also known as external rhinoplasty, a tiny incision is made on the skin between the nostrils. In almost all instances, the resultant scar as a result of open rhinoplasty will be fine lined and almost invisible.

Rhinoplasty is usually performed under a general anesthetic, although some nose surgery procedures may be performed under local anesthetic. The entire process usually takes between two to three hours. Following the operation, a cast is placed on the patient’s nose and will usually be removed 10 days after surgery.

Recovery and Post-Operative Care

Most rhinoplasty patients report very little pain following the procedure. After undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, you will not be able to breathe through your nose for roughly 1 week due to swelling. The swelling around your nose will usually start to improve in one to two days following surgery. You may have minor swelling around the eyes for several weeks, however once the swelling settles the improvements and results of the nose surgery will become noticeable.

Post-operative care is very important after rhinoplasty surgery. You will be advised to avoid bending or lifting for at least three weeks as this can worsen the swelling. Activities such as weight lifting, aerobics, cycling and running are also inadvisable for the same time period. You should not engage in any contact sports for at least 3 months following the procedure. The bones and cartilage in your nose take time to heal properly and it is important to protect them during this period.

Although complications are extremely rare, it’s important to know some of the risks associated with rhinoplasty, such as infections, bleeding and nasal obstruction. Dr. Watts will advise you appropriately on all the risks involved and how to minimise your chances of complications after your rhinoplasty surgery.

Call us now on (08) 7220 9338 for a free phone consultation with our practice manager, or send us an enquiry via the contact page on this website.

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