Rhinoplasty, or what is sometimes referred to as a ‘Nose Job’, is a nose reshaping surgery to change the appearance of the nose.
The word ‘Rhinoplasty is derived from the Greek words ‘Rhinos’ that means ‘Nose’ and ‘Plassein’ that means ‘to shape’. This surgery aims to shape the nose to a desired appearance and can also correct any breathing problems. Dr Shahidi has extensive experience performing rhinoplasty surgery.
The goals of Rhinoplasty are numerous and may include removal of a prominent hump, reduction of the nasal tip, narrowing of the nasal base, and/or elevation of the nasal tip. This operation can change the shape of the tip, reduce or increase the size of the nose or narrow the width of the nostrils. This can be done singularly or in conjunction with internal Septoplasty – a procedure to improve nasal airway problems. Often, improvements to breathing involve reducing turbinates (long and narrow curved bone shelves). Occasionally it is necessary to support collapsed nasal valves.
Rhinoplasty can be used to
Refine nose shape
Reduce nose size
Narrow broad nose
Alter nose angle
What Happens During A Rhinoplasty Surgery?
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia in a hospital facility. Once you are anaesthetised, Dr Shahidi will make the necessary cuts just inside the rim of each nostril and will then work through these incisions to shave any excess bone and cartilage. This will reduce the hump; he then repositions the cartilage and bone to narrow the nose and sculpt the nasal tip. In some cases, Dr. Shahidi may make an additional incision across the base of the nose between the nostrils. This incision is usually undetectable once it has healed.
To straighten a crooked nose or to narrow its width, nasal bones are cut. This is done in a controlled way with a specialised instrument and this minimises pain and bruising. In some instances additional support is needed to strengthen a misaligned tip. Dr Shahidi will usually construct a graft from your own cartilage or, on occasion, artificial cartilage may be required.
After adjusting the framework of the nose, the skin is re-draped and the incisions are closed with sutures. A small splint is applied to the outside of the nose and in most cases an internal splint is inserted to keep the framework of the nose intact.
If your initial consultation reveals nasal blockage, breathing concerns or sinus problems, a procedure called Septoplasty may be performed. In this procedure the partition between the left side of the nose and the right side called the ‘septum’ is reconstructed.
If you are suffering from chronic sinus problems, this can be evaluated with a CT scan of the sinuses. Dr. Shahidi will advise whether a procedure can be done in conjunction with your nasal operation in order to manage sinus symptoms
The Diced Cartilage Fascia graft or DCF graft is a novel technique in augmentation rhinoplasty. It uses a small piece of deep fascia harvested from the temporal region shaped into a small roll and filled with the patient’s own diced cartilage, that can be harvested either from nose, ears or ribs. It is a particularly useful technique for Asian rhinoplasty, as the patient’s own natural tissues are used rather than the use of an implant, which in some cases can cause problems such as infection, extrusion or displacement in the long term. The DCF graft is useful for patients who have had too much of the dorsum shaved off in a previous rhinoplasty surgery or in cases of a collapsed dorsum from past injuries.
Reasons for Considering Rhinoplasty Surgery in Sydney?
People who undergo a rhinoplasty procedure are generally unhappy with their nose – either the appearance or the function. However, not all rhinoplasty patients fit into this category.
Some of the reasons our patients seek out Dr Shahidi as their rhinoplasty surgeon in Sydney include:
To help improve breathing difficulties such as snoring or sleep apnoea
To help repair a nose damaged by injury
To help correct a birth defect
To help remove a hump from the nose
To help straighten a crooked nose
To help reduce the size of a large nose that is out of proportion with the face
To help slim down wide nostrils
To help correct previous rhinoplasty outcomes. (Revision Rhinoplasty)
In most cases, rhinoplasty is best suited for patients who have finished their facial growth and development, generally over 18. There is no maximum age for rhinoplasty in Sydney, and the procedure can be carried out at any age as long as one is medically fit.
Why Choose Dr Shahidi?
Rhinoplasty in Sydney should be performed by skilled and qualified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who have undergone rigorous training to ensure the safest possible results. Dr Shahidi exemplifies these qualities. Holding one of the most distinguished qualifications, he is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, an accolade reserved for a select group of surgeons who have completed numerous years of intense surgical training. His commitment to continuous learning and excellence is further demonstrated by his fellowship at the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS), where he was acknowledged for his vast academic knowledge and adept surgical training.
His professional journey spans various renowned hospitals worldwide, reinforcing his comprehensive approach to patient care. Currently affiliated with North Shore Specialist Day Surgery and Lakeview Private Hospital in Sydney, Dr Shahidi ensures a seamless medical experience by working in tandem with other esteemed medical professionals. This assures patients of quality care every step of the way.
Unsure if rhinoplasty is right for you?
If you’re not sure whether rhinoplasty is right for you, get in touch with us to arrange a consultation with Dr Shahidi, who can talk you through the procedure, risks, possible results, and alternatives.
Questions To Ask Your Surgeon During Your Consultation
Understanding your rhinoplasty procedure starts with a thorough consultation. Here are some key questions to ask your potential surgeon during your first interaction:
What does the rhinoplasty procedure entail regarding preparation, the actual surgery and aftercare?
Can I view before-and-after photos of previous patients to see your results?
What are the potential risks associated with the surgery?
How long is the recovery process, and what can I expect during this period?
How do you handle post-operative complications should they arise?
What are the expected outcomes, and how do they align with my personal goals?
Remember, the consultation is your opportunity to gain clarity and ensure you’re well informed about the procedure, so you can determine which plastic surgeon is best placed to perform rhinoplasty.
Understanding The Different Types Of Rhinoplasty Offered By Dr Shahidi
Rhinoplasty is a nuanced procedure that caters to diverse needs, from functional requirements to aesthetic desires. Dr Shahidi offers a range of specific procedures to address various concerns:
This procedure enhances or reinforces the nose’s structural elements through grafting or the use of specialised sutures, leading to a better-functioning nose. While functional rhinoplasty focuses on eliminating airway obstructions, it can often be combined with aesthetic surgery. The nose’s appearance can be changed and function can be optimised in many rhinoplasty surgeries. Individual outcomes vary, so discussing potential benefits and risks with Dr Shahidi is essential.
Fractured nose rhinoplasty
A fractured nose may cause a deviation or depression in a nose segment. A fractured nose rhinoplasty procedure aims to correct this deformity but cannot guarantee a perfectly straight outcome due to the nature of broken bones. A fractured nose should be addressed within a few weeks post-injury. Otherwise, bones settle in the injured position, and you’ll be asked to wait another six months for a formal rhinoplasty.
Septoplasty corrects blocked nasal passages and addresses a deviated or bent septum — the cartilage wall separating the nasal passage. A deviated septum, whether congenital or due to injury, can lead to breathing issues, snoring or even chronic sinus infections. Some indicators you may require septoplasty include persistent difficulty breathing through the nose, chronic nasal congestion or recurrent sinus infections.
Structured rhinoplasty surgery
Dr Shahidi’s structured rhinoplasty aims to restore or maintain the nasal framework’s strength and support while modifying the contour for the desired aesthetic result. Structured rhinoplasty was introduced as an alternative to traditional reductive techniques, sometimes compromising structural integrity. Dr Shahidi employs an open approach to this procedure.
What to Expect Before and After Rhinoplasty
The first step of the rhinoplasty procedure is to choose a surgeon and have an initial consultation. Every patient should do their own research and make sure they choose a surgeon they feel comfortable with.
After you make an appointment with Dr Shahidi, we will invite you for a consultation. This is your opportunity to explain the concerns you have with your nose, to discuss your goals for the procedure, and to go over any questions or worries you may have.
As well as a discussion, during this consultation, Dr Shahidi will physically examine your nose to check for symmetry, the shape, size of cartilage, thickness of skin, as well as check for any nasal blockages and assess the internal structure of your nose.
He will take several photographs of your nose from different angles. He will also use computer-imaging software to construct a visual representation so you have a visual idea of the expected result. By presenting this visual forecast, patients are better equipped to discuss their desires, concerns and preferences. This transparent approach fosters a deeper understanding of the procedure and its possible aesthetic outcomes, promoting comprehensive discussions and empowering patients to make informed decisions about their surgery. You are also welcome to bring your own images to show the shape of the nose you are hoping for.
After you have both agreed on the procedure, you will be given a written information on possible surgical option, availability dates for surgery, a financial quote and a treatment plan. In some cases further investigations or medical assessment may be required prior to proceeding to surgery.
All surgical procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic at North Shore Specialist Day Hospital in Greenwich or Lakeview Private Hospital in Bella Vista.
Rhinoplasty is a day surgery procedure, so you can normally go home a few hours after your operation. Some patients who need additional treatment or care can stay overnight.
After the surgery is complete, Dr Shahidi will add internal and external splints to support the shape of your nose while it is healing. There is normally little pain after the procedure, but you will be given antibiotics and pain relief as needed.
Splints will be removed 7-10 days after your rhinoplasty operation, and this will be your first chance to look at your new nose, however, it will take several weeks for the initial nose and facial swelling and bruising to subside. The appearance of your nose will continue to improve for several months to years after your surgery.
Post-Surgery Care Tips
Following your rhinoplasty procedure, optimal recovery requires adherence to specific care guidelines. Here are some general post-operative care tips you’ll need to follow to ensure the safest long-term results:
Rest and elevation — Ensure you get ample rest and keep your head elevated, even during sleep, to minimise swelling.
Avoid strenuous activity — Refrain from engaging in vigorous exercises or heavy lifting for at least two weeks post-surgery.
Adhere to medication — Take prescribed medications diligently and avoid over-the-counter medicines without consulting your surgeon.
Steer clear of nose pressure — Be cautious not to exert pressure on your nose. This includes avoiding glasses and sunglasses for the recommended duration.
Regular check-ups — Attend all post-operative appointments to ensure the healing process is on track.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape or repair the nose. The procedure can be performed for cosmetic reasons, or for functional reasons, such as correcting breathing problems and birth defects.
What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?
The benefits of rhinoplasty can be both aesthetic and functional. On the aesthetic side, rhinoplasty can change the appearance of the nose. Functionally, rhinoplasty can address issues like a deviated septum, which can improve breathing.
What are the risks of rhinoplasty?
As with any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty comes with inherent risks. These can include bleeding, infection, anaesthesia complications, scarring, difficulty breathing through the nose, unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance and the need for revision surgery. It’s essential to discuss any concerns with your surgeon and to consider all of the risks they discuss with you and understand all potential risks before undergoing the procedure.
How much does rhinoplasty cost in Sydney?
The cost of rhinoplasty in Sydney varies based on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, hospital fees and other associated costs. For a detailed breakdown and an accurate estimate, you can always reach out to us.
How long does rhinoplasty take?
The duration of a rhinoplasty procedure depends on the specific type and complexity of the surgery. Generally, primary rhinoplasty may take between 1.5 to 3 hours. However, more intricate procedures or revision surgeries can take longer. During your consultation, Dr Shahidi will provide a more precise time frame based on your individual case.
Book a Consultation with Dr Shahidi – Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Sydney
If you’re unhappy with the size, shape, or appearance of your nose or if you suffer from snoring, sleep apnoea, or other breathing difficulties, we invite you to talk directly with Dr Shahidi to find out how he may be able to help. Contact us today to set up a consultation or to talk to one of our friendly team.
If you’re still in the very first stages of considering rhinoplasty surgery, you might like to check out our gallery of some of Dr Shahidi’s previous rhinoplasty results. Or, you can download our app to browse before-and-after photo galleries, and find out more about rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgery procedures.