Why Consider Rhinoplasty or a Nose Job with Dr Jeremy Hunt?

Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of the top plastic surgeons performing Rhinoplasty in Australia

His education, experience, skills and techniques make him a sought-after rhinoplasty surgeon in Australia and abroad. Based on Dr Jeremy Hunt’s experience and rhinoplasty patient results, he is often called upon by his fellow plastic surgeons around the world to share his expertise and techniques at International Conferences.

What Is a Rhinoplasty?

Dr Jeremy Hunt understands that nothing can determine your appearance quite like your nose. It’s the central feature of your face – literally – and deciding to have a nose job by changing its shape, size or position can have a huge impact on your looks.

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, can be performed to improve the look of your nose and the face. The cosmetic surgery works by moving the cartilage, bones and muscles of the nose to create a more attractive, symmetrical and balanced nose or addresses issues such as bulbous tip or saddleback. Rhinoplasty can also be functional or reconstructive, It can help correct nasal deformities following trauma or airway breathing difficulties, and it can be performed on both men and women. In many cases, rhinoplasty is quite subtle. It can also be used to restore some of the normal function of the nose by correcting breathing problems caused by blockages, including sleep apnoea or snoring.

Through nose reshaping or rhinoplasty, you may be able to change what makes you unhappy about your nose. With Dr Jeremy Hunt’s help, you can reduce or increase your nose’s size, change its shape, narrow it or widen it, or change its angle to give your face a new look and profile. As a widely renowned and highly experienced Craniofacial Surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt should be your first choice for Rhinoplasty Nose Reshaping, whatever you’re hoping to achieve.

Rhinoplasty Types

Before planning a rhinoplasty, it’s important to understand your options in order to choose the most suitable procedure for you. Here are some of the main types of rhinoplasty:

  • Closed rhinoplasty is performed using a technique to make a discreet, small incision on the inside of the nose. This is common when fixing a deviated septum or when correcting simple nose tip deformities such as a bulbous tip or an asymmetrical nose
  • Open rhinoplasty is performed through an incision made on the skin on the base of the nose. This is ideal when correcting large nasal deformities present since birth or caused by trauma to the nose. It is also used to access the nasal septum that, when deviated, can cause significant breathing problems or distort the nose shape
  • Revision rhinoplasty is for people who had a rhinoplasty before and now are just touching up or changing the shape of the nose as they are not pleased with the results achieved with the initial procedure
  • Reconstructive rhinoplasty uses tissue grafts of cartilage to rebuild or reconstruct a nose that has been damaged by trauma, or often previous surgery. Rhinoplasty involves altering the internal cartilage and bone of the nose. Dr Hunt can take out cartilage from the bone of the nose or he can also add to the nose cartilage by taking some from the ear
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How is Rhinoplasty Done?

Rhinoplasty is the plastic surgery performed to correct the aspect of the nose, making it more proportionate with the rest of the facial features. The procedure is performed for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Dr Hunt uses modern techniques that deliver impressive results while also preventing potential post-operative complications.

The procedure can take up to two hours or more, depending on the complexity of each case. General anaesthesia is preferred for the comfort of the patient.

There are different techniques that can be used for rhinoplasty, but usually, Dr Hunt chooses open nose surgery. This means that an incision is performed between the nostrils, and additional incisions are made on the inside of the nose. Next, Dr Hunt separates the bones and the cartilages, and the septum is adjusted and straightened. The bones can be reduced to create the best possible shape of the nose.


Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty Surgery is a popular procedure performed not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to allow air to pass through the nose better. There are multiple benefits associated with undergoing this procedure such as:

  • Corrects the imperfections present at the level of the nose
  • Brings harmony to the features of the face
  • Corrects a hooked nose
  • Allows you to breathe better

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Recovery after Rhinoplasty

The recovery period after a rhinoplasty surgery is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure and whether the procedure was performed alone or in combination with other interventions such as blepharoplasty or a facelift, for example. The area is usually swollen and bruised after the intervention.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after a nose job and returning to the gym is only possible after four to six weeks. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after a rhinoplasty surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam and heat getting directly in your face
  • Sleep on your back
  • Avoid rubbing the nose
  • Avoid bending your head forward

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Rhinoplasty Cost Sydney - How much does a nose job cost in Australia? Prices & Fees

The Nose Job Cost or Rhinoplasty Surgery Cost in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the results you want and the time required in theatre. So how much is a nose job in Australia? You will know after your first consultation. Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

During your facial consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your nose and facial features, discuss risks and any concerns and provide you with an accurate cost for your Rhinoplasty procedure.

Whether or not Dr Hunt opts for a closed or open procedure will also alter the cost of the procedure. Patients that choose to undertake rhinoplasty for medical reasons can usually apply for a Medicare rebate, which will cover some of the costs. Any nasal deformities or breathing difficulties that are caused by injury or trauma will generally attract a Medicare rebate. Dr Hunt can take you through the specific medicare criteria during your consultation once your nose has been evaluated.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare and Health Fund coverage, a Rhinoplasty Payment Plan, or the costs for a nose job on our Surgical Costs page.

Take the next step today

With over 20 years of experience with facial plastic surgery, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Rhinoplasty is a very personal procedure. There are so many aspects of the nose that can be altered – both physical and functional. The first step in determining the final cost of this surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt. This way, he can evaluate your concerns and understand what you want to achieve.

Dr Hunt prides himself on providing some of the best Rhinoplasty Sydney has to offer and the level of care and attention for patients that begins from the first consultation.

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Rhinoplasty FAQs - Considering a Nose Job?

Should I have a Rhinoplasty?


If you’re unhappy with the size, shape or position of your nose, you may be the ideal candidate for a Rrhino or Rhinoplasty surgery. However Dr Hunt will discuss your situation and suitability for rhinosplasty surgery in detail during your personal one-on-one consultation.

What's involved in Rhinoplasty NSW surgery?


Dr Hunt performs all Rhinoplasty surgery under a general anesthetic, administered by one of his carefully selected anesthetists in the hospital of your choice.

Either an open or closed surgical technique will be used, depending on the extent of your Rhino surgery. However both techniques leave minimal to no scarring on the outside of the nose, as all incisions are made from the inside.

During your surgery, Dr Hunt will gently and carefully separate the skin of your nose from the bone and cartilage, before sculpting it to your desired size and shape.

When your surgery is finished, a splint will be placed over the bridge of your nose. If your septum was adjusted (the cartilage between your nostrils), Dr Hunt will also pack inside your nose.

The whole procedure generally takes around two hours.

When can I go home after Rhino surgery?


You can choose to go home on either the day of your Rhinoplasty surgery or after an overnight hospital stay. Whichever you choose, you should rest in bed with your head elevated for the first day, and then limit your movements to around the house for the next two to three days. During the first 24 hours your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache and you may have a dull headache. Cold packs and the pain medication prescribed before you left the hospital will help.

Will I have to return for post-operative care?


You’ll come to see Dr Hunt within the first week after your surgery, so that he can check you’re recovering well and remove any packing, your splint and usually your sutures. You’ll then have regular follow up visits over the next year so that Dr Hunt can ensure you’ve achieved the desired result and that you are recovering nicely.

How long will I be off work after Rhinoplasty?


You should plan on taking two weeks off work to allow a full recovery depending on the physical demands  of your occupation

When can I resume my normal activities?


As the swelling and bruising around your eyes will actually increase at first, peaking around three days after surgery, you plan on minimal activity during this time. After that time, you can resume your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable.

The swelling and bruising will then begin to subside, disappearing within around two weeks. Some subtle swelling will linger for several months, however only you and Dr Hunt need be aware of it.

When will I see the final Rhinoplasty results?


While it will take a number of months for the skin of your nose to fully ‘re-drape’ and to see the absolute final result, you will see big changes within a matter of weeks.

What is the difference between a Rhinoplasty and a Tip Rhinoplasty?


A rhinoplasty involves surgical treatment to the nasal bones and cartilage of the nose. The bones make up the upper part of the nose between the eyes, and the cartilage is in two sections – the middle vault and the tip cartilage.

A tip rhinoplasty only addresses the tip cartilages and is therefore limited in its power to change the size and shape of the nose. This type of rhinoplasty is used to alter the shape, angle and definition of the tip and is only applicable in a limited number of cases (like a bulbous nose tip)

What is the recovery like after a Rhinoplasty in NSW?


A rhinoplasty can be performed as a day only surgery, or an overnight stay surgical procedure. On discharge, the patient will need to allow at least two weeks to recover from their nose surgery. The patient will usually experience bruising around the eyes and an external nasal splint is often used to control the positions of the bones until they are healed. After two weeks the patient should easily be able to return to work and undertake normal activities. However, they may not be ready to attend social functions until approximately six weeks after their surgery. It is recommended that a patient should not participate in contact sports until approximately three months following a rhinoplasty.

After a Rhinoplasty, most patients experience very little pain and are able to return home the same day, though bruising and swelling is apparent for approximately five days. This will vary depending on how complex the surgery is. You will be expected to wear a dressing with a splint, as well as bandages, to protect your nose for a week; these can then be removed. Patients will be able to embrace their new look three to four weeks after surgery.

How long does Rhinoplasty Recovery take?


After rhinoplasty it’s common to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. This can take up to two weeks to fade, although some very subtle swelling may remain for up to several months. Plan to spend the first three days following surgery at home. Resting and limiting movement will help counter any discomfort and ensure the healing process gets off to a good start. To ensure a complete recovery, don’t aim to return to week for two weeks post-surgery.

What are Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty Techniques?


There are two different types of Rhinoplasty surgery, both used for very different reasons. These are called the open and closed approach and both should be discussed at your consultation. Each nose procedure comes with their positives and negatives which should all be highlighted, to ensure that you are happy and that the result is both balanced and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Open Rhinoplasty surgery has a small incision made along the bridge of tissue between the nostrils. As this is as small as possible, the incision is usually unnoticeable after the recovery period. Alterations to the tip of the nose, reconstruction work and those with severe breathing difficulties will be recommended to have open approach surgery.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty surgery is where no external incisions are made. Instead, all incisions are within the nose, meaning there will be no scars on the exterior. This procedure is used predominately to aid with minor breathing difficulties.

What is the difference between an Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty?


An open rhinoplasty involves an incision in the columella – the piece of skin that runs between the two nostrils. It allows the skin to be separated from the cartilage and gives the surgeon better access to the nose. An open rhinoplasty is more frequently performed than it was in the past as it has been shown to have a lower rate of revision. A closed rhinoplasty has no incisions of the external nose, which is an advantage as this means there is a relatively small scar. However, this method can have a higher revision rate than open rhinoplasty. As a result most surgeons today tend to perform open rhinoplasties.

Can I combine Rhinoplasty and Genioplasty (chin surgery)?


If a patient is concerned about the symmetry of their face then a rhinoplasty combined with a genioplasty could be considered. The balance between the middle third and lower third of the face are often corrected by a rhinoplasty addressing the nose in the middle third of the face and a genioplasty addressing the projection of the chin point in the lower third of the face. In a proportion of patients, the two procedures are combined to correct a weak lower third of the face with a recessed chin at the same time as correcting a particularly large nose. This combination achieves the best correction of balance between the middle and lower third in this patient.

What are the different nose problems?


There are a number of reasons why someone would consider nose surgery, ranging from breathing problems to disliking the shape of their nose to wanting their face to be more in proportion.

There are 2 key types of Nose problems:

1. Cosmetic – External nasal deformity patients – patients with nose shape problems

Patients in this category will often be unhappy with the shape of their nose or they may have suffered a trauma to the nose, causing a deformity. If a person is unhappy with the shape of their nose then a rhinoplasty will address any disproportion in the nose, such as a hump or deformity. The nose will be brought into balance with the height and width of the middle third and lower third of the face.

During a rhinoplasty, consultation measurements will be made of the dimensions of the middle and lower third of the face which will be kept as a guide for the ideal length and projection of the nose. Where the nose does not meet these ideal lengths and projections, changes can be planned through a rhinoplasty to achieve a good balance and more harmonious proportion to the face. Proportion is the basis of all rhinoplasty procedures and is the key to achieving a balanced aesthetic result.

2. Functional – Airway obstruction – patients with breathing issues

Nasal airway obstruction can be a problem the patient was born with or as a result of trauma to the nose. In cases where the nose is deviated, there can be an obstruction to breathing and this can be corrected through a rhinoplasty, septoplasty, turbinate reduction or a combination of these procedures to improve breathing. These patients are more likely to get a Medicare Item Number and a subsidy from Private Health Insurance. May also be able to get early release of their Super to pay for surgery.

Will Medicare cover a Nose Job?


In some instances, Medicare will recognise the need for a patient to undergo a rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. The nose is divided into the external nose which is visible and the internal nose which is the passage for breathing. If there is a medical issue such as a post-traumatic deformity to the nose, Medicare will recognise the medical need to perform a rhinoplasty. In cases where there is obstruction to the nasal airway in the internal nose Medicare may recognise the need to perform a septoplasty or turbinate reduction to improve nasal breathing. As these examples are recognised as medical procedures there will be a Medicare rebate associated with them. Health funds will also potentially contribute to (if not cover) hospital costs depending on the level of cover.

Is rhinoplasty a major surgery?


Many people assume that rhinoplasty is a minor surgery because the nose is small. However, the answer is no. The nose is a very important organ of the human respiratory system. And you can face many problems if the surgery isn’t done correctly. Always choose an experienced nose surgeon.

Is rhinoplasty painful?


In most cases, it’s not too painful. The patients have some swelling and a tender nose. Sometimes, there can be a bit of bleeding, too. However, Dr Hunt will explain pain management and prescribe you medications. You just have to follow instructions.

Does a nose job change your voice?


A nose job can certainly change the shape of your face, and alterations in nasal airflow can lead to a change in the voice. The more airflow there is through the nose, the less “nasal” the sound of the voice.

At what age can you get a nose job?


If you’re younger than 18 in men and 16 in girls the face may not have fully developed and for this reason it is best to wait until you are older.

Do rhinoplasty results last forever?


As with so many things in life, the answer to this question is that it depends on a lot of factors. Some procedures last a very long time. In fact, most patients’ noses don’t change much at all after surgery. Others change significantly for the better. Also, with age, your nose will lose some of its volume.

Do you have to breathe through the mouth after rhinoplasty?


For most nose jobs, breathing through your nose is fine, though straight after surgery the nasal passages will often be swollen so airflow may be limited. This will improve in the weeks after surgery as swelling settles.

What are the risks and potential complications of Rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty is generally safe, but like any other surgery, it does carry some risks. You may experience the following complications:

  • Bleeding– A small amount of bleeding is normal after surgery, but if you’re still bleeding several days after surgery, contact the medical team
  • Infection– If you develop a fever and notice swelling or redness at the level of the face, you might have an infection
  • Reaction to anaesthesia– Some people have allergies or adverse reactions to the anaesthesia used during surgery
  • Nasal septum perforation (hole in the septum)- Occasionally, the tissue that separates the two sides of your nose can become perforated as a result of a rhinoplasty procedure. This can lead to chronic runny nose and nosebleeds and may require additional surgery to correct
  • Unsatisfactory results– Despite your best efforts to communicate what you want from surgery, you might not be satisfied with the final outcome of rhinoplasty. In some cases, revision surgery might be necessary to improve the results of your procedure

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.