Rhinoplasty Sydney FAQs

What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is the medical term for what people most commonly refer to as nose surgery. It is a procedure that changes the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty is a simple operation that can improve the shape, size and/or general appearance of your nose.

How old do I have to be to have plastic surgery on my nose?
You must be 18 years old before undergoing surgery. This ensures the nose is fully developed at the time of rhinoplasty.

How long will the operation take?
Dr. Chan performs rhinoplasty at his Flinders Street Day Surgery in Sydney. Although the actual operation only lasts one hour, you should expect to spend approximately four to six hours at the Rooms on the day. This time is necessary to allow for pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery time. You will be discharged when the recovery nurse is satisfied you are fit to go home.

What is Twilight Sedation?
Dr. Chan prefers a method called Twilight Sedation using a Consultant Anaesthetist who specialises in Twilight Sedation. With this type of sedation, patients require less time to recover from surgery and experience fewer side effects such as swelling and bruising. Twilight Sedation is best described as being in a very deep sleep but still in control of your reflexes. This means that you are breathing on your own throughout the procedure.

Would I be a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
If you are unhappy with your nose for any of the following reasons, you could be a good candidate for rhinoplasty:

  • Your nose appears too large for your face
  • There is a bump on the nasal bridge when your nose is viewed in profile
  • Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
  • The nasal tip droops
  • The tip of the nose is thickened and/or enlarged
  • Your nostrils are excessively flared
  • Your nose is off-centre or crooked
  • Previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical

If the decision to consider surgery is yours entirely and you have realistic expectations on what can be achieved, you are also a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

Is there anything specific I can do to prepare for surgery?
See: ‘Day of Surgery‘ section

What should I expect after my operation?
See: ‘After the Surgery‘ section

Will I have scars as a result of rhinoplasty?
All but one of the incisions is up inside the nose. Those incisions that are made inside the nose will be completely invisible. The external incision is usually made across the base of your nose, on the skin between your nostrils. This incision fades extremely well and is barely visible when healing is complete.

Is there anything I should avoid after my operation?
See: ‘After the Surgery‘ section

My nose is asymmetrical. Will rhinoplasty help?
Any pre-existing asymmetry will still be detectable after surgery.