There are a few things you can have done cosmetically to your nose: surgery to reshape it, filler to remodel it, and skin modifiers such as pore-reducing procedures to smooth, tighten or refine skin.
Getting your nose reshaped surgically is known as a rhinoplasty, but most people just call it a nose job.
Having a more naturally beautiful nose
Nose ‘fashion’ evolves over time like everything else. Now, the most important thing about your nose is that it looks natural and suits your face shape. You can’t get a designer nose job that looks like it belongs on someone else; your face comes as a package deal, and a good surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist keeps this in mind when planning procedures to enhance your face. A naturally beautiful face is what we do best at our Melbourne clinic.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty (non-surgical nose job) at our Melbourne clinic
There is such a thing as a non-surgical rhinoplasty, which involves the use of dermal fillers to reshape the nose. Dermal filler is injected in several areas of the nose in a reasonably quick clinic visit – one treatment can last up to two years, and takes just half an hour to do. Nose fillers can be used to increase the height of a flat bridge, straighten up a crooked nose, fill in any hollows or hooks, create a sense of balance of the nose with the face, create symmetry, refine the shape of the nose after a surgical rhinoplasty, or to make minor improvements.
A nose job can be temporary. Surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty are significantly different procedures, and there will be times when one is more appropriate than the other.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty – recovery and results
There isn’t much to a non-surgical rhinoplasty – recovery is swift, with some slight swelling that dissipates quickly. Results are instant but temporary. The beauty of the non-surgical rhinoplasty is that no invasive surgery is required, reducing healing time by large margins. The surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures are comparable only in their results.
Benefits of a non-surgical nose job and nose fillers
Less severe or minor nose irregularities can be adjusted with a non-surgical rhinoplasty, which is in effect nose fillers. There is a short recovery time, the results are temporary, there is no damage or change to nasal passages, and the procedure is quick and precise. A surgical rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is a procedure that does not require repeat visits, recovery takes months, and more severe or major irregularities of the nose and nasal passages can be corrected.
We can create a sense of balance with facial features by smoothing out the nose’s irregularities – this might be bumps, lumps, dips or scars that cause a sense of asymmetry of the face. Corrections of irregularities can result in the nose actually looking smaller, despite no change in size. It’s all a matter of what the eye perceives, and what the most obvious features of our noses are.
Cost of a non-surgical nose job in Melbourne
The price of non-surgical rhinoplasty varies, sometimes a lot, depending on which areas of the nose are being corrected. A great surgeon who knows faces intimately is preferable, since the dermal filler injections do last for up to two years – you don’t want to have to put up with a mistake for that long.
Costs of a non-surgical nose job in Melbourne will vary depending on the experience and expertise of your surgeon, and each case will be determined on an individual basis. Dermal filler injections are typically sold by the millilitre, so each millilitre will have a set cost, plus the cosmetic dermatologist whose expertise you are paying for. You should discuss this with the clinic when you call to make an appointment, but expect to pay in the high hundreds into the thousands for a beautiful, long-lasting non-surgical rhinoplasty in Melbourne.
How does a nose job ‘fix’ my nose?
Typically we are not looking to give you a ‘perfect’ nose, but one that suits your face shape and complements your features. Each face is unique in its miniature and ratios, so your surgeon will assess your face as a whole to determine what the best pathway to balance is.
Expectations matter, so if you are after an improvement in your nose’s appearance, we can help. Perfection isn’t our goal, since a face is never perfect – there is aesthetic magic in the imperfect; it’s figuring out how to best capitalise on these imperfections, which is where your surgeon is your artist.
Other procedures that may be combined with a surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty
Because a non-surgical rhinoplasty is a short treatment, you may have a collection of treatments happening on the same day or as part of a set of treatments, which will not be true for a surgical rhinoplasty – that’s a once-in-a-day operation. Complements to a non-surgical rhinoplasty could include dermal filler treatments on other parts of your face, liposuction of the chin or neck area, or skin-tightening anti-wrinkle procedures.
Is there a ‘best’ age for rhinoplasty?
Young people’s faces haven’t finished developing, so anyone under the age of 20 will need a special sort of assessment – that is, psychological reasons for wanting the rhinoplasty, along with an examination of physical maturation of the face. Once we hit 40, our skin starts to change and other considerations need to be assessed, such as skin elasticity and oiliness. Anyone between the ages of 20 and 40 is a good candidate for both non-surgical rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery at our Melbourne clinic.
What a rhinoplasty (nose job) can achieve
- Bridge corrections – lumps, bumps, dips
- Crooked nose corrections
- Angle irregularities caused by nasal bone alignment
- Lengthening a short nose
- Shortening a long nose
- Adjusting the relationship between the upper lip and the nose
- Tips: pointing in the right direction
- Nostril adjustments – narrowing, breathing adjustments, deviated septum
- Breathing improvements
Nasal surgeries – septoplasty and turbinoplasty
There are two other nose surgeries that may be recommended if breathing difficulties are experienced – the septoplasty or the turbinoplasty. These surgeries reduce impediments to breathing.
Basic rhinoplasty surgery takes a couple of hours to perform, though if the surgery is complex, it will take longer. Your surgeon will be able to give you a more accurate timeframe, based on your expected surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery can be one or more or several separate, smaller operations that overall change the shape of the nose.
Taking ethnicity into account – our noses are not all created equal
At ENRICH, we take your ethnic background into account when determining your best nose shape or corrections. Each of us has an ethnic background that genetically determines what our nose will look like, and those noses fit into the greater picture of our faces. Our face shape and nose shape are those that our forebears had, whoever they may have been, so enhancing the balance of those features is our goal. We will always make sure that after a rhinoplasty, your nose still truly belongs to you.
Choose your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully
You want a surgeon who is experienced and qualified to perform your nose surgery. At ENRICH, we have specialist surgeons who will work with you to get what you want out of your face.
Getting what you want our of your rhinoplasty
You need to be clear what you want out of your rhinoplasty so you can explain this to your surgeon at your consultation. More than one visit may be required before the surgery is performed, with scans and other procedures required to get a full overview of the nasal structures. You can bring pictures of noses you love with you, and your doctor will go through them with you, explaining the way your nose is built and what can be done. The rhinoplasty procedure – prior to the actual surgery – is a process that must be gone through so you get the results you are after with meticulous planning, because once it’s done, there is no going back.
Does a rhinoplasty leave scars?
A rhinoplasty leaves almost invisible scars, which can’t be seen with the naked eye. The exact details of your surgery will be discussed with you prior to your surgery, with more complex cases possibly resulting in scarring either inside or outside of the nostrils. Some surgery leaves no visible scars, with the idea being leave no trace.
Incisions are typically made from inside and outside of the nostrils, but each surgery is a bit different. Nose tissue heals quickly and cleanly, but it can take some time for the swelling to go down and the tissue to heal, revealing your ‘new’ nose. There are so many different ways in which your nose can be adjusted or corrected, so it’s impossible to say without your consultation what your outcomes will be. Speak to your surgeon.
Rhinoplasty recovery and results
The days after a rhinoplasty are typically the days with the most symptoms – the face will feel swollen and puffy, the nose is likely to have an ache to it, and a headache may appear. These days will require rest, with the head elevated to encourage the swelling to dissipate. The eyes may appear bruised, with the majority of this bruising appearing only after several days. The entire face may swell, including lips and around the eyes. Rhinoplasty surgery is invasive and causes a lot of damage to blood vessels and tissue, on purpose, so this is to be expected.
Breathing is usually uncomfortable in the first couple of days. In a week, your nasal dressings, splints and stiches will be taken out and with that, you will start to feel less like you have been hit by a freight train, and more like a human being. The second week is much better than the first, and within three weeks, the swelling will be subsiding. After four weeks, improvements start to be seen. The process of your skin healing fully can take up to two years, but your surgeon will discuss this with you.
What you can and can’t do while your nose heals after a rhinoplasty?
You should avoid bending or lifting, running, cycling, or aerobic exercise. Any contact sports is strictly forbidden for up to eight weeks (until the bones are fixed in place). Driving is permitted except if your vision is impaired, and flying is allowed after three weeks or so. After a year, another visit will be booked in with your surgeon.
Nose bleeds are to be expected, but severe bleeding requires medical interventions by the emergency department. Post-rhinoplasty care instructions are of critical importance, and you will be fully briefed before you leave the surgery.
How a nose job can change the way you feel about your face?
A rhinoplasty on the right person can have a dramatic effect on the face, and thus on outlook. Each person is treated as an individual, since there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cosmetic procedures. Feeling more comfortable in your own skin can have a profound impact on a person’s life, and can result in a more youthful appearance, and typically a more aesthetically balanced look.
In the case of accidents and anatomical abnormalities, nose surgery can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to feel ‘normal’, and face the world with more confidence. How we look does matter in so many ways, even just to ourselves, so being able to put our best foot forward is important. A well-placed rhinoplasty can contribute to a person feeling more at ease in the world.
Contact us to discuss your aesthetic goals.