Rhinoplasty (nose job)

Your Guide To Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery), Perth

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

The nose, being in the centre of your face, greatly influences your appearance. It is often combined with a septoplasty or trimming of the turbinates to improve the nasal airway. At your initial assessment, Dr Gillett will listen carefully to your concerns and carefully assess your suitability for rhinoplasty. The planning the rhinoplasty involves listening to your concerns, examination of the entire face as well as the inside of the nose and mouth.




3D Imaging and Simulation Of Desired Results

Photographs and 3D photographs are used to assist in the planning of surgery and to facilitate communication between Dr Gillett and yourself regarding exactly what you would like to achieve with the rhinoplasty.  In some patients a cat scan is also used to assess the back of the nasal airway or the relationship between the jaws.

The objective of the surgery is to give you a nose that is well suited to your face with a good nasal airway. 

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.