Rhinoplasty Melbourne


The noses’ appearance influences facial symmetry and balance, and its function greatly affects breathing and the quality of the voice.

Rhinoplasty, or nose-shaping surgery, improves the size, shape, and projection of the nose, and enhances nasal breathing. Typically requiring general anaesthesia and an overnight stay, it takes between 2-4 hours and involves placing a discrete incision hidden between and up inside the nostrils to expose the underlying cartilages and bone which are reshaped to change the nose’s external appearance. It may be performed alone or in combination with facial implant or chin realignment surgery. A septoplasty or turbinectomy may also be performed to correct breathing difficulties during which the nasal septal cartilage and other lining structures are realigned to improve nasal airflow.

Rhinoplasty surgery refines and realigns the nose to bring it into balance with other facial features. Nasal breathing is improved and patient satisfaction and longevity are often reported, with realistic expectations. Significant complications from nasal surgery are rare and incisions are inconspicuous.

Depending on the extent of nasal surgery, recovery times vary between individuals. You should allow 1-2 weeks off work as the initial swelling and bruising around the eyes and cheeks settle. To protect your reshaped nose, most patients are required to wear a nasal splint during the first 7–10 days and use a 50+ SPF sunscreen to avoid exposing nasal skin to direct sunlight. Whilst gentle exercise may be resumed after 2–3 weeks, strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4–6 weeks after surgery. 

Your nose will look different immediately after your procedure but your final result will not be apparent for 12-18 months. Like the rest of your face, your nose will change shape with time, and surgery will aim to support your nose and minimise these changes. Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty surgery are fit, have completed facial growth, do not smoke, are not taking blood-thinning medication, and have realistic expectations.

Following your rhinoplasty, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high-SPF. For optimal results, peels, regular muscle-relaxing injections and fillers may be recommended.

Jeremy Richardson Rhinoplasty


If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr Jeremy Richardson regarding rhinoplasty nose-shaping procedures, contact us today on (03) 9486 6721.

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Dr Jeremy Richardson