Rhinoplasty (nose job)

Your Guide To Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery), Perth

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic operation carried out to improve the appearance of your nose.

Due to its position in the centre of the face, the nose greatly influences your appearance and can cause both men and women to lose confidence in how they look.


If the shape and/or size of your nose reduces your confidence and makes you self-conscious, Rhinoplasty may be able to help you feel better about your appearance. This type of surgery is one of the most life-changing procedures that can be sought, and many patients choose it for both cosmetic and corrective reasons.


Dr Gillett can help you get a natural looking nose that suits your face and complements your other facial features. The results will leave you with the nose you have dreamed of, or one similar to what you had prior to the accident that left you with an imperfect nose.


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Common reasons people choose Rhinoplasty Surgery

Patients choose nose reshaping surgery for a number of reasons – all of which are individual. It is important to always make sure that you are choosing the procedure because you want it, not because somebody else does.



Some of the common cosmetic reasons patients cite for having a rhinoplasty are:

  • Bumps on the bridge or tip of the nose;
  • A large size or narrow nose bridge
  • An odd shape that other people often point out;
  • The nose looks “out of place” compared to your other facial features;
  • Nostrils that seem too large/wide or narrow/small;


Health or medical reasons for rhinoplasty are:

  • Dissatisfaction with previous nose job surgery
  • An injured or broken nose
  • A nose that looks crooked or bent;
  • Snoring problems caused by a nose that is always blocked;
  • Problems breathing through your nose;
  • A deviated septum or collapsed nasal bridge.


Surgery is often life-changing for Rhinoplasty patients. A nose job can give you the following results:

  • A nose that suits your face and complements your other facial features
  • A more balanced or symmetrical face shape;
  • Less anxiety about your side profile;
  • More self-confidence about being photographed from a variety of angles;
  • More hours of high-quality sleep if a deviated septum is repaired.


During your consultation

At your initial consultation, Dr Gillett will listen carefully to your concerns and assess your suitability for rhinoplasty. Planning the rhinoplasty involves listening to your expectations and examining the entire face, including the inside of the nose and mouth.


Dr Gillett will meet with you to discuss the surgery process and the recovery period, as these all differ depending on the patient and your personalised procedure. The Rhinoplasty Specialist Surgeons will explain the nose reshaping surgery procedures, including the differences between open and closed Rhinoplasty options and your recovery time.


Patients are able to choose a shape or profile for their nose during the consultation. Although it is unlikely the end result will be an exact match, it will almost certainly be very similar. When you are happy with the expected result and have discussed all the available options for your Rhinoplasty surgery, planning for the procedure will begin. Recovery will be included in this conversation, as this will affect the final proportions and balance of the nose with your face shape.


Dr Gillett is highly experienced in creating natural looking and aesthetically attractive results for Rhinoplasty. The consultation will be very informative, as communication is key to ensuring that you have realistic expectations and receive the desired result. It can be useful to look at Before & After photos of Dr Gillett’s previous patients to get a general idea of the nose you want.




Three-Dimensional (3D) Visualisation

In order to show you the positive impact Rhinoplasty surgery will have on your life and confidence levels, Dr Gillett will show you the anticipated changes using 3D visualisation. They can help you picture the new size and shape of your nose using before and after images, as well as physical models and 3D computer modelling.

After the Surgery

Following surgery you will have a splint on the bridge of your nose for 10 – 14 days. Please wash your face with a flannel around the splint. Do not remove the splint.

Cleaning the Nose

It is necessary to keep the nasal passages clean. This is called a nasal toilet. Please use a salt solution from the chemist. Wet cotton buds with salt solution and run around rim of nose (just insert cotton bud into nose till the end of the cotton tip). Use a new cotton bud each time. Repeat process 3 – 4 times for each nasal passage. Then with a fresh cotton wool bud – smear a thin layer of Vaseline around the inside of nose (remember only insert the bud to end of cotton tip). In the first few days after surgery it will be necessary to do a nasal toilet 3 – 4 times a day. Once the discharge settles down carry out a nasal toilet, when necessary (approximately 1 – 2 a day).

If you feel you have a cold like feeling and a blocked up nose – DO NOT BLOW YOUR NOSE! Nasal toilets will help you feel more comfortable. Sleeping with your head elevated (eg on 2 pillows) will help with swelling and your comfort level. Bruising around eyes is very individual. If this occurs it is normal and will subside within 1 – 2 weeks.


First Post Operative Appointment
You will be seen in the rooms for your first postoperative visit usually 1 week after surgery. At this visit your splint and nasal passages will be checked. If you have sutures under your nose these will be removed. Your next postoperative visit will be to remove your splint usually 2 weeks after surgery and instruct you on some nasal massage.

Second Post Operative Appointment
You have an appointment made for 6 weeks after your operation. At your 6 week check, your nose will have settled and your new shape will be assessed.

When Can I Resume Activities?

Rest is very important after your operation. We recommend no lifting, strenuous exercise, or driving. You will need to take this time off work, three weeks of non strenuous activities. No strenuous activities/ exertion for six weeks.

Report the Following Post Operative Concerns

  • Fever (with a temperature of more than 38 C) or chills.
  • Heavy oozing or bleeding from a wound.
  • Increased swelling around a wound site.
  • Increased pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty in passing urine.
  • Spreading redness around the wound.
  • A foul odour from a wound
If you have any of these post operative concerns or queries please ring the rooms on (08) 9284 4966.