What is Rhinoplasty? This is the term used for what is commonly called a “nose job” according to Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Steve Merten, and it refers to reshaping or changing the size and structure of the nose and nasal tissues to improve appearance or correct breathing problems. Unlike some cosmetic procedures which are minimally invasive, a rhinoplasty is considered traditional plastic surgery, and it does require some recovery time before you can go back to your normal daily activities.
Your nose can help determine how you look, and how you feel about your appearance. Sometimes this type of plastic surgery is used to improve genetic issues, like a nose that is too broad, or one that is too long or thin. Sometimes rhinoplasty is recommended to fix any structural defects in the nose, such as a deviated septum or other problems that could affect normal breathing and other factors.
Important Rhinoplasty Benefits and Risks
Having rhinoplasty plastic surgery involves a number of benefits and risks, and you should be aware of these before you decide whether or not to undergo this procedure. There are many possible benefits that you may get from this type of plastic surgery, including a nose structure that is more attractive or more appealing in some way. If you have any internal nasal conditions that can be corrected with a rhinoplasty, then you may be able to breathe better as well.
Will Medicare and My Health Insurance Cover a Rhinoplasty?
There is provision for Medicare cover for rhinoplasty surgery under specific conditions, such as following an injury, where breathing is obstructed, etc. If so, then your Health Insurance should contribute towards your hospital and medical costs. If your concerns are purely cosmetic, then there are no Medicare or Health Insurance Coverage.
Dr Merten will advise you of your costs following your consultation.
What Should You Expect After Rhinoplasty?
After a rhinoplasty it is important that you understand what to expect before you decide to have this surgery. The surgery is usually done under a full anaesthetic, with you asleep. When you wake up from the anaesthesia you will be in a recovery room, and you should be able to go home the same day in most cases. You will probably have some discomfort, pain, and swelling, and you will be given medications for these before leaving the facility. You will also be given medications for home use as well.
For the first day or two you may have surgical packing in your nose, and you will typically have a splint over your nose that will stay on for about a week. Bruising and swelling around your eyes and nose area may last for a week or longer, and you may find that your eyes are swollen for the first few days. Keeping your head elevated and using ice packs and warm compresses can help with swelling, bruising and discomfort, and pain medications will help keep you comfortable while you recover.
If you want to discuss Rhinoplasty, or any other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please call us at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262 or Contact Us for an appointment to see our Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr Steve Merten.