Rhinoplasty surgery is surgery that changes the shape of the nose.
This surgery can improve breathing, aesthetics or correct structural issues which have been inherited or caused by injury. For the majority of patients, the reason for rhinoplasty surgery is a combination of these factors.
While all specialists in this area attempt to address the external appearance of the nose, Dr Oosthuizen’s focus is on dealing with problems that are not just skin deep. Rhinoplasty surgery by Dr Chris Oosthuizen restructures the nose both inside and out to improve both the form and function of the nose.
As an experienced ENT and Rhinoplasty surgeon with subspecialty training, Dr Chris Oosthuizen gives his patients the confidence that they will receive the most comprehensive medical care.
Dr Chris Oosthuizen can also support patients who require revision rhinoplasty surgery to correct previous procedures and also provides video consultations for patients from the Gold coast, Sunshine coast and other parts of Queensland.
“As a highly-trained pioneer in modern surgical practice, my practice will provide you with the highest quality, meticulous care to give you the best possible outcome from both an aesthetic and a functional perspective. My team and I will be there for you on your surgical journey, providing complete care and support, every step of the way.”
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Rhinoplasty surgery is surgery that changes the external shape of the nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery can address breathing difficulties (known as functional rhinoplasty) or alter the appearance of the nose (cosmetic rhinoplasty) or both.
Dr Oosthuizen’s practice is focused on all aspects of nose surgery, and he performs both functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures as well as revision rhinoplasty.
When planning rhinoplasty, Dr Chris Oosthuizen looks at the whole picture and will consider your other facial features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change.
Frequently the internal wall (nasal septum) that separates the nose cavities is twisted. This may need to be corrected at the same time (Septoplasty). The combined operation is called a septorhinoplasty.
There are limits to how much a nose can be altered. The final result will depend on the size of your nose, the condition of your skin, your age and how well it heals after surgery.
Dr Chris Oosthuizen will put your health first with surgery focused on achieving the ideal balance of both form and function.
There are several different types of rhinoplasty surgery, however in the majority of rhinoplasty surgeries performed by Dr Oosthuizen, the surgery usually involves a combination of both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty.
The aim is to ensure that any cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure does not cause breathing issues and equally that any functional rhinoplasty procedure improves the shape of the nose at the same time.
The aim during cosmetic rhinoplasty is to change or refine the shape of the nose.
The duration of surgery is linked to the extent and complexity of the surgery. It can vary from just over an hour for minor refinements to over 3 hours for more complex, revision rhinoplasty procedures.
Depending on the extent of surgery the recovery will vary between one to two weeks. For limited surgery patients can be back at work as soon as a week after. For more complex, complete rhinoplasty surgery it is recommended to take two weeks off work after surgery to recover fully. Swelling will likely reduce to be unnoticeable after around 2 to 3 months. There will however be ongoing changes in the appearance of the nose for a year to 18 months following surgery.
During those recovery months, there are things patients might be best to avoid, such as playing contact sports or sunbathing, as the skin and nose structure are more sensitive.
Yes. Quite often the main aim of rhinoplasty is to improve breathing and nasal function. This is called functional rhinoplasty. As a specialist nose surgeon Dr Oosthuizen’s aim is to provide the best possible functional / breathing outcome for his patients regardless of the type of rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under a full General Anaesthetic.
It is recommended that you do not wear glasses including sunglasses for six weeks after rhinoplasty. This is to limit pressure on the bridge of your nose which can interfere with the final result of your operation. There are a number of solutions available including cheek pads that lift the glasses off your nose to ensure that there is no pressure placed over the bridge.
The cost of rhinoplasty surgery is different for each individual, reflecting the complexity of the surgery required.
Costs will include specific fees for Dr Chris Oosthuizen, the anaesthetist and the hospital.
If surgery is elected for aesthetic reasons only, health insurance will not cover these costs. Medically necessary surgery though may be covered in part.
Form & Function Rhinoplasty and Sinus Surgery sets our rates competitively to other specialist surgeons.
With us you’ll know exactly what you’ll pay, with no hidden costs or changes to consultation or surgery fees.
Please contact our office if you have an enquiry regarding fees.
Some facial cosmetic procedures are temporary and require touch ups every so often. Surgical rhinoplasty on the other hand provides permanent results that should last a lifetime. It is however important to realise that rhinoplasty surgery cannot stop the nose from aging naturally.
Rhinoplasty surgery is a complex and technically challenging procedure that can alter both the appearance and function of the nose. It is essential to have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery. During the pre-surgery consultation process the extent of the procedure, risks, anticipated recovery as well as limitation of surgery will be discussed at length.
Ultimately however there are some limitations to what can be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery.
Some of these factors include:
Yes, Rhinoplasty is often combined with:
There will be some pain and discomfort following surgery, however most patients rate their pain between a 0 – 4 out of ten the day after surgery. You will receive pain medication including anti-inflammatory medication to take after going home to ensure that you are comfortable.
Absolutely. Dr Oosthuizen always aims to achieve a result that appears as natural as possible. This is achieved by considering the other facial proportions and features to ensure a balanced result. The aim is to achieve a beautiful, natural nose that blends and fits with the rest of the facial features and does not distract from it.
After rhinoplasty it is advisable to sleep with you head in an elevated position. This will help to minimse swelling during the recovery period. Ideally your head should be raised on 2-3 pillows for the first two weeks after surgery and avoid sleeping on your stomach during this time.
Rhinoplasty surgery is widely considered to be one of the most technically challenging procedures to perform. Selecting the right surgeon is therefore of the utmost importance. Some of the things to look out for include:
“Nose job” is a broad term that is commonly used in everyday language to refer to surgery on the nose. The two main surgeries often referred to as a “nose job” includes septoplasty, which focusses on straightening the internal partition between the nostrils, and rhinoplasty which aims to change the external appearance of the nose.
Septoplasty surgery does not alter the external shape or appearance of the nose and is most commonly performed to improve the function of the nose. Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty surgery are often combined in one surgery which is called a Septorhinoplasty.
After rhinoplasty surgery it is best to avoid the following:
Exercise and strenuous activities:
You will be encouraged to take walks and stay active after your surgery however it is important to avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks after surgery. This includes running, aerobic exercise, heavy lifting, cycling – anything that gets your heart rate up significantly. During the third week it is possible to gradual ease back into your training regime. Swimming should be avoided for 6 weeks after rhinoplasty and ideally contact sports should be avoided as far as possible.
It is natural to want to blow your nose after rhinoplasty surgery as it will feel congested. It is vital however not to do so especially for the first two weeks after surgery. You will be encouraged to use the nasal wash provided instead of blowing your nose to relieve the congestion and to help dissolve the soft packing that is used during surgery. Avoid crowed areas, people that are unwell with a cold or flu and wash your hands regularly to try and avoid getting sick during the first few weeks of recovery.
Getting the splint wet:
After surgery a splint is applied to the outside of the nose. This helps limit the amount of swelling and helps to keep everything in position. If the splint gets wet, it will come off too early which can in turn affect your final result.
It is recommended that you do not wear glasses including sunglasses for six weeks after rhinoplasty. This is to limit pressure on the bridge of your nose which can interfere with the result of your operation. There are several solutions available including cheek pads that lift the glasses off your nose to ensure that there is no pressure placed over the bridge.
Avoid sun exposure for the first 6 months after rhinoplasty surgery. The skin can be quite sensitive and excessive sun exposure, can increase the risk of complications. Use a high index (50+) sunscreen and wide brim hat to keep your new nose cool.
Smoking and alcohol:
Smoking reduces blood flow interferes with wound healing. If you are a smoker, it is best to consider deferring surgery until you have been able to stop smoking. This will ensure that you have the best possible result. Drinking alcohol can interfere with other prescribed medications following the procedure and excessive amounts can impair you balance and may put your new nose at risk. It is best to avoid both for the first 3 weeks after surgery.
Touching your nose:
Following surgery, the nose can be quite itchy and there are often areas of scabbing and crusting along the incision sites, both inside the nose and on the outside between the nostrils where the sutures are. The natural tendency is to try and clear this away to alleviate the irritation.
The hands and fingers are, however, full of bacteria that live on your skin. It is quite possible to transfer these into the wound which can lead to a wound infection. Even though infection is relatively uncommon after rhinoplasty surgery it can affect the end results when it does occur and is best avoided.
Rhinoplasty aims to change the shape and the external appearance of the nose, while septoplasty surgery does not alter the external shape or appearance of the nose and is most commonly performed to improve the function of the nose.
Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty surgery are often combined in one surgery which is called a Septorhinoplasty.