Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty: Reshaping the Appearance of Your Nose

Cosmetic rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty can address a wide range of issues, such as a crooked nose, a bulbous tip, a bump on the bridge, or a narrow or wide nostril. This surgery can also help to correct breathing problems caused by a deviated septum or other structural abnormalities.


Facial Analysis

A critical component of cosmetic rhinoplasty is facial analysis. A skilled surgeon will examine the patient’s facial features and bone structure to determine the best approach for the surgery. The surgeon will take into account factors such as the patient’s skin type, facial symmetry, and overall facial proportions. Based on this analysis, the surgeon will develop a surgical plan that is tailored to the patient’s individual needs.

Facial Analysis

Common Aesthetic Concerns

Rhinoplasty can address a wide range of aesthetic concerns, including the shape, size, symmetry, and proportion of the nose. The most common features addressed in cosmetic rhinoplasty are the nasal tip, bridge, and nostrils.


Nasal Tip: The nasal tip is a significant focus of rhinoplasty as it defines the overall shape of the nose. The surgeon can adjust the size, shape, and projection of the tip to achieve a more refined and balanced appearance. This can include increasing or decreasing the projection of the tip, correcting a droopy or upturned tip, or refining the shape of the tip.


Bridge: The nasal bridge is another area of focus in rhinoplasty. The surgeon can modify the height, width, and shape of the bridge to achieve a more harmonious balance with the rest of the facial features. This can include reducing a hump or bump on the bridge, straightening a crooked bridge, or augmenting a flat or low bridge.


Nostrils: The size, shape, and symmetry of the nostrils are also important considerations in rhinoplasty. The surgeon can adjust the size and shape of the nostrils to create a more symmetrical and balanced appearance. This can include reducing the size of overly large nostrils, correcting asymmetrical nostrils, or reshaping the nostril openings.


In addition to these common features, cosmetic rhinoplasty can also address other aesthetic concerns such as the nasal base, columella, and nasal septum. The specific features addressed in the procedure depend on the patient’s unique facial anatomy and aesthetic goals.



A natural-looking result means that instead of completely altering the shape of the nose, the surgeon will make subtle changes to enhance its features and complement the patient’s facial structure.
Another advancement is the use of advanced imaging technologies to create a 3D model of the patient’s face, allowing the surgeon to better visualise the changes and communicate them effectively to the patient.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty, which uses fillers to reshape the nose, is also becoming increasingly popular as a less invasive option for patients seeking cosmetic improvements.

Finally, there is a demand for ethnic rhinoplasty, which involves specific techniques to enhance or maintain the features of different ethnicities while still achieving a natural-looking result.


Managing Expectations

It is essential to manage your expectations when considering cosmetic rhinoplasty. While this surgery can produce dramatic results, it is important to have realistic expectations, understand surgical limitations and that the final outcome may not be exactly what you envisioned.

Factors such as the patient’s skin type and healing ability can impact the final result. A skilled surgeon will work with you to set realistic expectations and ensure that you are satisfied with the results.



Like any surgical procedure, cosmetic rhinoplasty carries some risks. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia.

There is also a risk of complications such as nasal collapse or breathing problems, especially if the surgery involves altering the structure of the nose.

It is essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon and make an informed decision about whether rhinoplasty is right for you.



Recovery time for rhinoplasty can vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days after the procedure.

Most patients can return to work or school within a week or two, although it may take several months for the full results of the surgery to become apparent.


How to Choose an Expert Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Choosing an expert rhinoplasty surgeon is essential to achieving the best possible results from your surgery. Look for a specialist surgeon who is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and has extensive experience performing rhinoplasty.

It is also essential to choose a surgeon who takes the time to understand your individual needs and goals and can develop a customised surgical plan to achieve your desired results.


In conclusion, cosmetic rhinoplasty can be an effective way to enhance the appearance of your nose and improve your overall facial symmetry and balance. By working with a skilled surgeon and understanding the risks and limitations associated with this procedure, you can achieve the results you desire and feel more confident in your appearance.

  • Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
  • Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified surgeon trained and experienced in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Recovery time and treatment results will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a variety of individual patient factors.




About Dr Rodrigo Teixeira

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira, MD, FRACS is a Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, Australia. He is based at Unveil Plastic Surgery located at the heart of the East Ivanhoe Village.


Dr Teixeira is experienced in Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery of the Face, Nose and Breast. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Internationally, he is a member of the American and the International Societies.


To discuss your aesthetic goals including any reservations or concerns regarding your appearance, or any other cosmetic procedure, you should first have a consultation with your general practitioner. You will need a valid referral to see a specialist surgeon.  For further information, you can contact us on 03 9000 3800. 

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