Nose Reshaping | Rhinoplasty Surgery | Melbourne

Best Practices, Surgeon Choices and Hospitals for Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Procedures

Rhinoplasty surgery is more commonly referred to as ‘a nose job‘.

Our top Melbourne Plastic SURGEONS can employ precision Rhinoplasty surgical techniques to:

  • reshape OR refine the APPEARANCE of your nose or nasal structures
  • improve or restore normal BREATHING FUNCTIONS  
  • create a better aesthetic balance between your nose AND other facial features

Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic or Corrective Nose Reshaping

  • Cosmetic improvements from RHINOPLASTY may include:
    • nose bridge straightening, nose tip shaping/positioning, and/or
    • surgically reducing the dimensions (size) of your nose or nostrils
    • balancing your nose with other facial features
    • feminising a masculine-looking nose or reducing a hump or bump or hooked-nose tip appearance
  • Plastic Surgery for nose reshaping can ALSO be used to reduce facial trauma, disfigurement or genetic conditions, including repairing a broken nose OR correcting for a nasal deformity.


Nose reshaping via RHINOPLASTY techniques remains one of the most frequently requested cosmetic facial surgeries in the world, with women and men seeking long-lasting nose reshaping solutions through Rhinoplasty surgery in increasing numbers.

Definitions and medical terms relating to RHINOPLASTY are listed in the sections below.

Melbourne | Top Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgeons

+-Which TOP MELBOURNE SURGEONS offer NOSE JOB surgery in Victoria?

What SURGEON choices are best for your Rhinoplasty procedure in Australia?

Some basic doctors may offer rhinoplasty. But a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is one of your best Rhinoplasty Surgeon choices, given they have extensive training and qualifications in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery ALONG with AHPRA recognition.

  • Our top Plastic Surgeons for Nose Surgery are all FRACS recognised with decades of expertise; so you can relax knowing you’ve chosen a VERY experienced Plastic Surgeon with FRACS.
  • Our team has nose surgery experts who are focused on getting a positive nose surgery result that looks natural – from your FIRST Rhinoplasty or primary procedure.
  • Melbourne’s best Nose Surgeon teams ALSO aim to help patients avoid costly and emotional revisions, by working together with your to PLAN this very complex procedure to meet your needs or realistic surgery goals (NOTE: nose job surgery has a high revision request rate, especially for people who have chosen a less trained doctor or GP or general surgeon instead of a real Plastic Surgeon who is FRACS recognised, highly-skilled and who belongs to ASAPS, ISAPS or ASPS and more).
  • Be sure your Surgeon has performed 100s of successful nose surgery/Rhinoplasty surgeries before you choose them to be your surgery. Look for FRACS and ISAPS, ASPS or ASAPS.

Our Team’s RHINOPLASTY SURGEONS (experts at Septoplasty, Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty, Nose Tip Surgery and more).

Our team’s expert nose reshaping Plastic Surgeons for Rhinoplasty include the following Australian Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Reconstructive Surgeons. These Surgeons focus on nose job procedures and advanced Rhinoplasty techniques including Revision Rhinoplasty (secondary procedures):  


Dr Douglas McManamny FRACS (Plas) in Melbourne Australia (Victoria) – in Hawthorn East/Kew/Bayside area

Specialist Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Richard Sackelariou Bio

Dr Richard Sackelariou, FRACS (Plas) in Melbourne Victoria AND in Sydney Australia – Hawthorn East/Bayside and Double Bay

Other Surgeons on our team who offer face surgery include Dr Geoff Barnett and Dr Richard Maxwell, who are our Team’s additional experts in providing pleasing, natural looking results along with other procedures such as Eyelid Surgery and Facelift surgery.

NOTE: Dr McManamny and Dr Sackelariou have made Rhinoplasty one of their main focus areas for their plastic surgery practices.

Our team of GENUINE accredited SPECIALIST Plastic Surgeons’ affiliations include:


To choose the BEST Rhinoplasty Surgeon for YOUR nose job, be sure you check their qualifications, experience, skills and Membership.

If they are NOT recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeons, they may not be your best option (avoid less trained surgeons or junior doctors in training for this complex surgical procedure).

+-Which HOSPITALS are good choices for RHINOPLASTY Surgery?

A GOOD choice of hospital is one that is a genuine, highly respected Melbourne or Sydney hospital where Rhinoplasty surgery is frequently performed.

Depending on your choice of Surgeon for Rhinoplasty procedures, you may have your nose reshaping surgery in one of the following Hospital locations in Melbourne or Sydney (these may vary depending on your choice of Surgeon):

St Vincent’s Private Hospital – Kew

Masada Private Hospital – St Kilda

Epworth Hospital – Hawthorn

Epworth Hospital – Richmond 

Epworth Hospital – Cliveden

Sydney surgery – 1800 033 333 

RHINOPLASTY: Best-practice Surgery Techniques

+-What makes best practice planning for a good Rhinoplasty result?


  • Good Rhinoplasty results tend to involve custom planning and precision surgical skills.
  • Choose the BEST RHINOPLASTY Surgeon you can find and be sure you feel you can communicate openly and honestly about WHAT bothers you about your nose AND what nose shape, size or proportions you’re hoping to achieve.  Visual imaging or computer imaging may also be helpful when you meet your Surgeon.

Choosing an expert Rhinoplasty Surgeon who has your safety and good results in mind is CRUCIAL to success.

It’s also very important that your recommended RHINOPLASTY SURGEON takes into account your EXISTING anatomy, as well as your nose appearance and/or breathing-related concerns. That’s because balancing your new nose shape with other facial features is crucial for an aesthetically enhanced nose shape / rhinoplasty result.

  • Rhinoplasty surgery should be FULLY CUSTOMISED to meet your unique REASONS for seeking a nose job.
  • Good communication with your Surgeon is a must – this is a COLLABORATIVE procedure that relies on cooperation and open, honest discussions.

Best-practice Rhinoplasty Surgery TECHNIQUES (Nose Shaping Surgery) will VARY according to:

  • the intended outcome of your procedure (your nose surgery goals)
  • your existing facial anatomy
  • whether it’s your FIRST rhinoplasty surgery or a revision
  • your skin health, breathing issues and nasal structures
  • sinus issues and/or septum health

Rhinoplasty Surgery: Indications

+-Should I have a Nose Job?

  • changing the size or shape of the nose or nose bridge
  • adjusting the appearance or proportion of the nose tip, nose bridge or nostrils
  • removing a bump, hump or hook in the nasal bridge
  • tilting of the nose tip area to reduce a downward-hook appearance
  • improving the aesthetics of the nose shape or size
  • fixing asymmetry concerns

If you want best practice Rhinoplasty methods for nose reshaping by one of our Team’s best Rhinoplasty experts in Melbourne, phone us to arrange a consultation.

  • A facial imaging session can help you visualise what can be accomplished through nose reshaping surgery procedures.
  • We also have helpful patient RESOURCES and Rhinoplasty research materials including downloadable cosmetic/plastic surgery guides.

More best practice Surgery techniques and Rhinoplasty methods by TOP Melbourne Plastic Surgeons are discussed below.

Want a great Rhinoplasty result? Find out how to avoid surgery mishaps by downloading a “Successful Plastic Surgery Guide book” – recommended reading for Rhinoplasty patients by our best-practice focused Surgeons.


Rhinoplasty OVERVIEW

NOSE SIZE COMPLAINTS (proportion or feature balance or nose shape concerns) are common in both men and women.

Nose surgery can also treat traumatic nose injuries, such as a broken nose from sports or other accidental nasal damage. But some nose surgery relates to a breathing problem or deviated septum.

If changing the appearance of your nose is your MAIN OBJECTIVE for exploring your Rhinoplasty surgery options, your nose surgery is likely cosmetic in nature.  Correction of breathing related functions – such as treating apnea, breathing difficulties or snoring – indicates a MEDICAL reason for having Rhinoplasty rather than a COSMETIC nose reshaping procedure.


The primary OBJECTIVE or PURPOSE of having nose reshaping surgery (Rhinoplasty) is usually:

  • COSMETIC – e.g., to improve your nose proportions or
  • CORRECTIVE – e.g., to minimise traumatic nose damage (fix a crooked nose, broken nose or other nose area deformity)

Some Rhinoplasty may involve correcting breathing problems such as mild sleep apnea/snoring OR a deviated septum

You may even choose Nose Surgery to reshape a part of your nose you want to LOOK differently in size or shape, such as:

  • reducing a nose bump or removing a hump in your nose bridge
  • fixing an overhanging nose tip or hooked nose
  • straightening a crooked nose or injured nose
  • adjusting the nose tip appearance or nostril size or shape
  • making your nostrils or nose smaller or more even from left to right (symmetrical)

Remember, results vary from patient to patient and the price of a nose job can vary (see Rhinoplasty prices, below).

+-Cosmetic Rhinoplasty, Medical Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty?

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty, Medical Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty – what’s the difference?

  • Nose reshaping RHINOPLASTY SURGERY may sometimes be medically indicated to correct damaged nasal passages that impact breathing and nasal functions.
  • Alternatively, nose surgery MAY be sought purely for cosmetic or aesthetic enhancement purposes (appearance change requests).

Your SURGEON will advise you on which type you require AND your GP can also guide you as to whether your nose related concerns are generally COSMETIC or generally FUNCTIONAL/MEDICAL in nature.

+-Rhinoplasty Medical Terminology Patients should review

Rhinoplasty – nose job – nose reshaping

Primary Rhinoplasty – your original or first nose surgery (a first rhinoplasty / a primary nose job)

Tip Rhinoplasty – surgery of the nose tip to change the size or shape of JUST the tip

Nostril flare – a movement of nostrils or nape when breathing or speaking

Nostril size – the NOSTRILS (napes) are holes where air and scent enters the body; nostril size is the amount of inner-nostril area visible from the front or sides

Nasal functions – olfactory senses or smelling, breathing, tasting, immunity responses and other functions involving the nasal passage or nasal mucosa

Nose anatomy: two nasal cavities (nostrils or napes) separated by the septum, which is a wall of cartilage. Nostrils and sinuses are linked with an intricate system of canals and pockets of air called sinus cavities – which span to the back of the skull, above the oral cavity, within the cheekbones and between the eyes and brows.

Nasal Mucosa nasal mucosa helps mediate your immune responses to allergens or infectious particles which can enter through your nose.

Revision Rhinoplasty or Secondary Surgery – a “redo” of an earlier nose job

Nose Bridge – the area of the nose near the eyes, upper part of the nose, firm part of the nose / nose length

Bump – a bump, hump or ridge

Hooked nose – a nose that appears to move downwards and/or downwards and in (around the tip)

Broken Nose – traumatic injury of disfigurement of the nose

Septoplasty – a corrective rhinoplasty technique of the inner structures of the nose canals used for breathing – which may impede on normal breathing if not aligned (e.g. snoring/apnea)

Profile view – a side on view of the face

3/4 View – a slightly turned off-centre view of the face and nose profile

Apnea – obstructed breathing causing mild snoring at night, sometimes caused by nasal structures and facial anatomy that isn’t quite conducive to clear, unobstructed breathing

Medicare – Australian system for medically necessary procedures including some Plastic Surgery and corrective nose surgery procedures

Recovery Period  – a period of time needed to heal and recover from your surgery

Scar – a mark left by a surgical incision, wound or other dermal tissue injuries or skin incisions

Incision – a surgical cut in the skin

Excision – removal of skin or tissues by surgical means (surgical blade or laser)

Asian Rhinoplasty – enhancing or enlarging the nose bridge near the eyes to give a more pronounced projection of the nose in that region of the nose and face

Rhinoplasty Risks – potential risks or complications that may occur in some patients having Rhinoplasty surgery

Elective or Cosmetic Surgery – a personal surgery decision based on aesthetic or cosmetic reasons rather than medical need

Medically Indicated Rhinoplasty Surgery – surgery of the nose or septum (septoplasty) medically warranted due to breathing impediments or other functional concerns with nasal passageways and nasal functions

+-How can I avoid a botched nose job? Patient Resources and Guides

TIPS for successful Rhinoplasty surgery experiences: How to GET a good result you’ll be happy with!

To help minimise your risks of needing revision surgery:

  • choose your Surgeon wisely – and follow pre-surgery and after-care instructions PRECISELY
    • this is crucial to getting a good result because you and your nose surgeon are a TEAM
    • both what YOU DO and what your SURGEON does IMPACT your experience, risks and results
    • recognise a cosmetic surgeon is NOT the same as a fully-qualified FRACS Plastic Surgeon who has accreditation and hospital operating rights
  • have open, honest discussions about what you LIKE and DISLIKE about your nose
  • tell your Surgeon precisely what you’re hoping to change and what you’re hoping to achieve
  • mutually investigate if what you hope for is actually possible through nose surgery
    • existing structures and anatomy influence HOW much your nose shape or size CAN be changed
    • some nose shapes MAY NOT suit other features or may look mis-matched
    • too much reduction, for example, may overly change the face or look fake
    • a natural-looking result complements the entire facial appearance and reduces distracting sizes or unwanted bridge or nose tip shapes
  • ask how changes to the nose might impact what you look like from various angles, as well as in photographs and in the mirror – remember, it’s a central feature and will change NOT JUST THE NOSE appearance but the overall facial appearance

Rhinoplasty BENEFITS (Indications)

+-WHY do so many people want a nose job?

Many people are NOT satisfied with their nose shape, size or crookedness.

Other patients want a better nose shape balance that is less indicative of their parental heritage (it’s a very personal decision to change your nose size or shape. Plus, all surgery has risks, including Rhinoplasty. Hence, nose jobs should never be taken lightly. That noted, many people actually hate or dislike their existing nose shape. Plus, many celebrities had nose surgery in their early acting careers. So become an informed patient BEFORE you make decisions as this will help you have a good nose surgery experience.)

Primary REASONS people seek Rhinoplasty Surgery (why get a Nose Job)

  • Plastic Surgery of your nose may help change, remedy or improve your nose shape when:
    • you don’t like your nose shape
    • you want more symmetry (if you have uneven nostrils, an uneven nose tip or other nose asymmetry)
    • unevenness or bumps
    • a crooked nose bridge
    • breathing difficulties caused by damaged nose structures
  • Rhinoplasty can help balance your nose shape or size with the rest of your existing facial anatomy
  • Nose Surgery can also improve breathing if you have a deviated septum or other trauma, when correction is possible (not all candidates will get a successful result – ask your Surgeon for details)

+-What are the BENEFITS of Rhinoplasty Surgery?

The KEY purpose of getting a nose job is to surgically ADJUST your nose SIZE, nose SHAPE or bridge STRAIGHTNESS – you can also adjust the NOSE TIP and NOSTRIL flare/nostril size.

  • Rhinoplasty surgery techniques can straighten a crooked nose, reduce a nose hump or nose bump, or improve the angle between your nose and upper lip or the nose bridge.
  • Corrective Rhinoplasty may also help you fix your nose following a nose injury or traumatic nose experience (i.e., fixing a broken nose following an accident or a fall)
  • Septoplasty procedures may help
    • improve your nasal passageways
    • restore normal breathing functions
    • must be done properly
    • correction may be limited by existing anatomy or nasal damage
  • Septoplasty is often recommended as PART of primary Rhinoplasty procedures, especially when your nose bridge is being reshaped, resized or straightened using advanced nose surgery techniques.

The MAIN BENEFIT of having Rhinoplasty (nose shaping surgery) are getting a better looking, more balanced, straighter or more proportionate nose size or shape.

+-Rhinoplasty METHODS including Open vs Closed

All best-practice Rhinoplasty surgery procedures are CUSTOM planned. They need to be fully customised and carefully planned. That’s because everybody’s nose shape concerns, breathing issues and facial anatomy are unique.

But there are a few key TYPES of Rhinoplasty procedures.

Open vs Closed, Tip vs Entire Bridge and Tip  – Methods and Techniques – Overview of MAIN techniques

Rhinoplasty Guide: What’s it like to have a nose job?


Nose Job Guide Download


Rhinoplasty TYPES: Nose Shaping Surgery Techniques

+-Rhinoplasty Methods and Techniques

Open vs Closed, Tip vs Entire Bridge and Tip  – Methods and Techniques – Overview

  • A Rhinoplasty is not one single surgery.
  • Rather, it involves a number of surgical procedures and finessed reshaping techniques.
  • A Specialist Surgeon with experience is usually required to reshape your nose yet avoid impinging on nasal functionality or to avoid excessive damage to nasal structures
  • There are two types of Nose Operations: Open Rhinoplasty vs Closed Rhinoplasty (read more).
  • There are also nose TIP rhinoplasty techniques.
  • Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS (Plas) Specialist Plastic Surgeon indicates that up to half of primary rhinoplasty procedures may be performed using the closed method and 50% using the open vs closed method.
  • Phone (03) 8849 1444 to find out which type of Rhinoplasty might be recommended your nose reshaping surgery objectives.



Cosmetic Nose Reshaping Surgery or Corrective Nose Surgery – Rhinoplasty Explained.

Rhinoplasty PHOTOS of Before and After a Nose Job (Images)

Examples of NOSE surgery results (BEFORE & AFTER RHINOPLASTY)


+-More PHOTOS of Rhinoplasty Surgery Results - Melbourne

Female NOSE SURGERY results.


Male NOSE SURGERY results.

For more BEFORE and AFTER RHINOPLASTY photos, click here.

Disclaimer: Results vary from patient to patient.*

Rhinoplasty PRICE – Cost of Nose Surgery | Australia

+-How much does Rhinoplasty cost in Australia (Melbourne)?

  • Prices for Rhinoplasty surgery can vary widely.
  • Your nose surgery costs depend on which Surgeon you are choosing to perform your rhinoplasty, if you’re having general anaesthetic (typically a MUST have), how much experience your Surgeon has performing nose job surgery, and which facility they operate in (e.g., an accredited HOSPITAL or a clinic back room).

If you choose a FRACS Plastic Surgeon with ASAPS or ISAPS and ASPS, you’ll know you’re choosing a bonafide Specialist Plastic Surgeon who cares about ongoing education and patient care excellence – as these organisations focus on best-practice techniques, evidence-based learning and ongoing education, and patient operation safety and follow-up care.

  • Remember, a cosmetic surgeon is NOT the same as a genuine Specialist Plastic Surgeon and your nose job surgery results depend on the skill and expertise of your Surgeon.
  • There is a range of varying nose surgery costs or prices that our team can provide to you if you phone 0388491444.
  • What you start with also has an impact on which nose surgery you require and how much your rhinoplasty surgery will cost.
  • Custom QUOTES are provided during a consultation where you can also visualise what is (or isn’t) possible through nose surgery.
  • Visit our PRICES pages for cosmetic surgery for a range.
  • Payment terms (here).


+-Does MEDICARE give rebates for a Nose Job? Rhinoplasty Item Codes

  • Cosmetic nose reshaping surgery is NEVER eligible for a rebate from Medicare and health insurance.
  • However, if you have a medical reasons for having Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty, you may be eligible for a rebate for some of your surgery costs.
  • Read the article MEDICARE and Rhinoplasty that discusses recent changes to conditions and rebate criteria.
  • IF you have a medical reason for having nose surgery such as a Septoplasty, you may get a rebate but you’ll still have out of pocket costs.
  • There is no guarantee of eligibility.
    • You pay for your nose surgery in advance, then apply.
    • If you are eligible for a rebate, that occurs AFTER surgery has been paid for and performed.
  • Extensive paperwork, assessments and photographic evidence is required for any rebates and NOT all patients will be eligible.
  • Plus, Medicare codes and rebate criteria for Plastic Surgery change frequently with little notice.

+-Will my PRIVATE HEALTH COVER or health insurance COVER my Rhinoplasty or hospital expenses?

  • Some medically indicated nose surgery MAY be eligible for a rebate from Medicare or Health insurance.
    Strict criteria must be met and documentation is extensive.
  • There is no guarantee you will be approved and if you ARE eligible, you’ll ONLY get the rebate AFTER you apply and are approved AFTER your rhinoplasty procedure (you pay up front, then apply to medicare or health fund insurers such as BUPA).
  • IF you ARE ELIGIBLE for a Septoplasty MBS Item Code/Medicare rebate or other medical rhinoplasty rebate, your health fund may also contribute to some surgery costs.
  • Remember, NO COSMETIC PROCEDURES ever warrant Medicare rebates.
  • Even if you ARE covered by private health or medicare, the rebate doesn’t cover the full cost or price of Rhinoplasty procedures by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon (private).
  • You’ll still have out of pocket expenses but MAY have some nose surgery costs offset(s).
  • Read about 2019 changes to Australia Health Insurance Funds and Private Health classifications such as Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic.
  • This could impact you in 2019 – phone our team to discuss potential implications on 0388491444.

+-Are there payment plans or funding options for a Nose Job?

  • Plastic Surgeons are NOT permitted to offer finance or payment plans for surgery.
  • You are recommended to consult with a professional financial advisor IF you are considering other payment options.
  • In terms of PAYMENTS we accept, visit our payment methods page for details on accepted payment methods.
  • There is also information on that page about SAVING up for SURGERY.

  • During a consultation, the TYPE of nose surgery you need will be discussed. You will also be given a formal PRICE QUOTE for your Rhinoplasty costs, including WHAT it covers.
  • If you’re comparing costs of nose surgery, be sure you know that SOME QUOTES include only basic prices but do NOT include all necessary components for surgery; don’t get surprised if you choose a cheap offer only to find your expenses are far greater than expected.
  • After your nose surgery consultation(s), IF you decide to proceed with surgery, you can set a surgery theatre date
    • NOTE: there needs to be a 7 day cooling off period between a consultation and your surgery date
    • This is known as a cooling off period for rhinoplasty/nose jobs or other elective plastic surgery
  • Your preferred surgery DATE with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for a nose job can be reserved by paying the $1000 fee/partial fee.  The BALANCE of the cost of your nose job/rhinoplasty is DUE at least 2 WEEKS in advance of your procedure date.   As above, we do NOT offer finance for surgery; however, we accept cash, cheque or credit cards as payment methods.
  • Visit our payment methods page for details on accepted payment methods.

+-Can I use early withdrawal of SUPER to pay for the cost of a Rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty SCARS

+-Nose Surgery Scars: where are Rhinoplasty incisions placed?

  • Incision placement for Rhinoplasty Surgery will vary depending on the procedure you require.
  • An Open Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed and the scars are often barely noticeable for most patients.
  • A small incision is made across the central part of the base of the nose (the columella) for an Open Rhinoplasty.
  • For a Closed Rhinoplasty, incisions are kept within the nostrils, so the scar is hidden in the nasal area for most patients.
  • But the closed rhinoplasty approach has limitations and at least half of most nose surgeries are Open Rhinoplasty at our clinic, depending on the Surgeon and if you’re having a primary (first time) nose operation or a revision rhinoplasty.

+-Are OPEN Rhinoplasty scars more visible than scars from CLOSED RHINOPLASTY methods?

The majority of patients who have rhinoplasty procedures performed in Australia do not end up with very visible or noticeable scars under their noses.

  • Typically scars are hardly noticeable because they are located in the slight crease-like area under the nose.
  • But every patient is different and some patients will have more noticeable scars.
  • Closed rhinoplasty incisions are made inside the nasal area and are less visible.
  • Some patients who scar readily or have keloid scar tendencies may end up with a visible scar or in need of scar minimisation treatments if applicable and effective.

+-What determines the scar after having Rhinoplasty (scars after a nose job)?

  • Your skin’s pigmentation, your genetic traits, your surgical procedure and your healing capacity, as well as how well you recover after surgery, may have an impact on your nose surgery scar formation.
  • The incision lines during a Rhinoplasty are usually quite small and inconspicuous, however, even without makeup.
  • Most people who have had nose surgery have no tell-tell signs other than photos of what they looked like BEFORE and AFTER surgery; or of the bruising and swelling that may have occurred during recovery from their nose operation.
  • Results vary and it is possible, however, that some patients’ scars may be somewhat more prominent.
  • Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon can recommend special scar minimisation strategies if required.

Rhinoplasty RISKS

+-What are the risks of having nose reshaping surgery (Rhinoplasty Risks)?

  • You will be under general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital for nose reshaping surgery by one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
  • All invasive surgery carries risks.
  • For a list of general surgery risks, click here.
  • For a full list of NOSE SURGERY / RHINOPLASTY RISKS, book a consultation with an expert nose reshaping Surgeon by phoning 0388491444.
  • Read about nose surgery risks in the Guide for Nose Surgery or see a Surgeon for specific risks that may be applicable to you and your existing nose appearance or breathing concerns.


FAQs: Common Questions about Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Recovery – Pain, Swelling and Healing Time Frames

+-How long does RECOVERY take after Rhinoplasty?

  • Everyone heals differently and final results can take up to 12 months to visualise due to swelling.
  • You’ll need about 2 weeks off from work as a minimum.
  • Recovery is also covered in our Nose GUIDE.
  • TIP: Surgery advice is individualised. Your chosen Plastic Surgeon will be able give you personalised advice on when you can return to work and other daily activities.

+-Is Nose Surgery painful (does Rhinoplasty Hurt?)

  • Most surgery does involve discomfort or pain during the initial post-surgery healing periods.
  • One of the most challenging aspects of having nose surgery is sleeping upright (or difficulty sleeping) during the initial post-operative period (several days minimum to a week or two).
  • It can be difficult to predict the discomfort levels a patient will experience as there are so many variables to consider.
  • But certain anaesthetic procedures greatly reduce discomfort and some patients are surprised the levels of discomfort are less than they expected.
  • This varies from patient to patient.
  • Dr Sackelariou also has a unique icing method for post-surgery that patients are strongly advised to follow to reduce swelling, bruising and discomfort.
  • Discomfort after surgery is also partially subjective. Each patient has a unique perception or sensitivity to pain and discomfort. Fortunately, most pain during your healing period (particularly just following your Surgery) can be managed by precisely following your Surgeon’s recommendations and post-surgery instructions. Be sure you communicate regularly with your Surgeon’s team as you recover.

TIP: Be sure you fully understand the healing time & surgery risks associated with surgery before you proceed.

+-What can be done to reduce SWELLING after Rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty Surgery: what steps can be taken to minimise pain or swelling after nose surgery

  • Ask your surgeon about icing methods and sleeping requirements (sleeping upright with at least 2 pillows for several days).
  • If a complication occurs, recovery may be delayed.
  • Our approach to facilitating your healing & recovery is to help you get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
  • Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to keeping you as comfortable as possible during your pre-operative sessions, your surgical procedure and your healing time following surgery. A Post-Surgery Rapid Recovery Pack is provided to patients which includes products proven to accelerate your healing. Getting good sleep can also help.

+-How long will i need to WEAR a NASAL SPLINT after nose surgery?

Your Surgeon will typically require you to wear a nasal splint for around 7-10 days following your Rhinoplasty procedure. This may be longer depending on your individual surgical circumstances.

Your Nasal splint will help to reduce swelling and prevent your nasal cartilage from shifting. Your splint is a vital aspect of your healing, and will help to ensure you achieve the intended results from surgery

+-How long will I be OFF WORK after Rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty Recovery: When can i return to work after rhinoplasty surgery?

  • There is a minimum time you’ll need to avoid most normal activities – this can be 1-3 weeks depending on the operation, patient, recovery process and activity.
  • The time taken to recover before returning to work or other daily activities, such as driving, may also vary from patient to patient.
  • Many patients may find they can return to work approximately 2-3 weeks following Rhinoplasty surgery.
  • If your work is highly physically demanding, however, it may take longer before you are able to return.
  • If possible, it is a best practice surgery recovery protocol for nose surgery patients allow 4 to 6 weeks of adequate healing time before resuming certain activities.

+-How long should i wait to return to EXERCISE after RHINOPLASTY?

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons typically advise that you should wait at least 4-5 weeks before returning to mild to strenuous forms of exercise.

  • However, you must advise your Surgeon before you return to ANY form of exercise or other similar activities.
  • It is important to work together with your Surgeon and keep them informed throughout your recovery & healing period. Working cooperatively with your Surgeon will have a positive impact on maintaining your surgical results.
  • BOXING or facial risking exercises and high-contact sports are NOT recommended after Rhinoplasty and could damage your surgery results.


+-How long should i wait to return to EXERCISE after RHINOPLASTY?

Will i need to stay in hospital overnight after Rhinoplasty surgery in Australia?

  • Yes, an overnight stay in Hospital is generally required for most Rhinoplasty procedures.
  • It may or may not be mandatory however – ask your Surgeon about the PROS and CONS of overnight stay after Rhinoplasty (most patients DO stay in hospital in Australia for 1 to 2 nights after nose surgery).
  • This helps patients receive post-surgery monitoring and quality post-op care.

As part of an individually tailored surgical plan, your Surgeon may suggest the surgical option(s) or techniques that can help optimise your chances of getting the surgical outcomes you seek with nose surgery or corrective Rhinoplasty.

+-Will i need to stop smoking prior to rhinoplasty surgery?

  • Healing is detrimentally impacted in individuals who smoke.
  • Patients must refrain from smoking as it decreases the oxygen that is carried in your blood to your skin to help heal your surgical incisions.
  • Patients who smoke have delayed healing and increased wound complications.
  • If you are NOT YET a non-smoker, your Surgeon will advise you to stop smoking completely AT LEAST 6 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date; otherwise you will have higher risks of complications and poor healing.



+-Do I need a GP REFERRAL to have a consultation for nose surgery in Australia?

  • It’s a good idea if you have a nose injury or breathing concern, to get a referral from your GP before you visit a Surgeon.
  • In general, however, you do NOT need to have a medical referral from a GP or Specialist to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
  • However we do recommend getting a referral if you are eligible for any coverage.
  • Having a GP referral for a medically indicated Rhinoplasty MAY allow you to claim a small Medicare Rebate (approximately $70) on the cost of your first consultation. This is NOT APPLICABLE to cosmetic nose jobs.
  • Please note: a GP referral to a Specialist Surgeon is valid for 12 months, and a Specialist referral to another Specialist has only a 3 month validity

+-What can I expect at my initial consultation?

At your initial appointment with your Plastic Surgeon, you will typically:

  • Receive information about your selected surgery option(s)
  • Go through possible risks and complications associated with surgery
  • Find out about surgery costs and available surgery dates
  • Have your questions answered; bring a friend or family member with you

Your Next Steps for a Consultation for Nose Reshaping Surgery with our Rhinoplasty Surgery Teams in Sydney or in Melbourne


Phone us or send in an enquiry form via our website to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.


(03) 8849 1444

BOOK a Rhinoplasty Consultation Today at one of our convenient locations across Melbourne: Hawthorn East or Williamstown.

Check out a bigger list of FAQ’s and information on the surgical process, or attend one of the free-to-attend monthly Events in Melbourne. For more information about Pricing and accepted Payment methods of your Rhinoplasty Surgery, please visit our Surgery Payment Method pages.

You can also talk to a Patient Care Team to answer your questions from 8am-6pm Monday through to Friday on (03) 8849 1444.

Aiming for Great Results – be sure you read and understand the procedure, including risks, before proceeding. And ask ANY and ALL questions you have.

  • Although it may be tempting to go with a low-rate cost for nose reshaping surgery, it’s important to choose a qualified, highly experienced and safety-minded Specialist Plastic Surgeon who practices in Australia.
  • Your SAFETY and results are a top priority for an Australian Plastic Surgeon.

Our Plastic Surgeons perform a variety of Rhinoplasty procedures including Septoplasty, Full Rhinoplasty, Asian Rhinoplasty & Revisional Rhinoplasty procedures.

  • They can assess which procedure(s) are likely to suit your particular situation and suggest which surgical techniques may help optimise your chances of getting the results you are seeking for reshaping or refining your nose shape through Rhinoplasty procedures.
  • With over 25 years of assisting cosmetic surgery patients with surgical procedures to enhance the face, nose, body or breasts, our Plastic Surgeons have extensive experience and training in cosmetic and corrective Rhinoplasty procedures.

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*Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and results of Rhinoplasty Surgery can vary significantly from patient to patient. Planning using 3D imaging is optional and may be helpful for some patients, however, it is NOT predictive. There are also many variables involved with healing & recovery. It is important patients understand the complexity of Rhinoplasty Surgery, healing times, risks & revision rates. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in person for details and to review your specific surgery requirements, recovery, risks & approximate healing times.

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Page last updated on 3 December 2018.