Rhinoplasty – Nose Reshaping Surgery in Melbourne

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose reshaping surgery, is a cosmetic procedure performed to enhance the appearance and/or functionality of the nose. It involves making surgical modifications to the nose’s structure, such as altering the size, shape, or proportions.

If you are considering making changes to the appearance or functionality of your nose, you will need to find a qualified and experienced surgeon. Dr Stephen Kleid, an experienced ENT surgeon, is dedicated to helping his patients achieve their desired nasal aesthetics and improve any breathing difficulties they may be experiencing. With his expertise and personalized approach, Dr Kleid offers a range of Rhinoplasty techniques tailored to each patient’s unique facial features and aesthetic goals. Whether you are looking to address cosmetic concerns, correct nasal deformities, or enhance your overall facial harmony, Dr Kleid and his team are committed to providing you with exceptional care throughout your journey, from the initial consultation through to the final stages of recovery.


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Why do people have Rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, nose surgery, nose reshaping surgery, or simply rhino, is a surgical procedure that focuses on enhancing the appearance and/or functionality of the nose. It involves making surgical modifications to the structure of the nose, such as altering its size, shape, or proportions.

Rhinoplasty is a versatile procedure that can address a wide range of concerns and achieve various goals. Below is a list of things a Rhinoplasty can help you achieve.

Cosmetic Concerns

Rhinoplasty can address cosmetic problems, including;

  • A disproportionately large nose
  • Over projection
  • Asymmetry
  • Either a droopy or boxy tip
  • Wide or flaring nostrils
  • And, other aesthetic concerns that may affect the appearance of the nose.

Breathing Problems

In addition to cosmetic improvements, rhinoplasty can also address breathing problems caused by;

  • Narrow nostrils
  • Nasal airway obstruction
  • Septal deviation
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Birth Defects or Abnormalities
  • Other physical nose issues that may make breathing difficult.

Every nose has a unique composition and shape, and because of this every patients wants and needs different things. A Rhinoplasty is a highly customizable surgery that takes into account each individual’s unique nose composition and shape. It is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, and the surgical plan is tailored to meet the specific needs and desires of the patient. This means that a nose job may involve a combination of different surgical steps to address the patient’s specific concerns and achieve optimal results.

Advantages of Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Enhanced Facial Appearance

Rhinoplasty can dramatically change the way you look by reshaping and refining your nose. Whether you desire a smaller, straighter, or more balanced nose, the procedure can achieve remarkable results that harmonize with the rest of your facial features.

Correction of Deformities and Asymmetry

Rhinoplasty can address a wide range of nasal issues, including deformities and asymmetry. Whether you have a hump on the bridge, a crooked nose, a drooping tip, a cleft palate or other concerns, Rhinoplasty can help alleviate these issues and concerns.

Improved Nose Profile

Through Rhinoplasty Surgery, your nose can achieve a more well-defined and balanced profile. It can eliminate over projection, drooping, or a snarling appearance from the sides, resulting in a more proportionate facial contour.

It is important to note that rhinoplasty is a highly individualized procedure, tailored to your unique goals and needs. To fully appreciate the impact a nose job can have, it is recommended to consult with a qualified surgeon who can assess your specific concerns and provide personalized advice.

Rhinoplasty Surgery – A General Guide to the Procedure

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping surgery, is a complex procedure that involves several steps to achieve the desired results. While each rhinoplasty surgery is customized to meet the individual patient’s needs, the following steps provide a general overview of the procedure:

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Before the surgery begins, an anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia and monitor you for the duration of your surgery. Although some surgeons will perform rhinoplasty surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation Dr Kleid prefers to perform his surgeries while the patient is under general anesthesia.


Depending on the specific goals of your surgery, your surgeon will make incisions either inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or across the columella (the strip of tissue between the nostrils) and inside the nose (open rhinoplasty). The choice of incision technique will be determined by the complexity of the procedure and the desired outcome.

Reshaping the Nose

Once the incisions are made, your surgeon will carefully access the underlying structures of the nose, including bone, cartilage, and soft tissue. They will then reshape and sculpt these structures according to the pre-determined surgical plan. This may involve removing excess cartilage or bone, adjusting the nasal septum, or adding grafts to enhance the shape and structure of the nose.

Refining the Nasal Tip

If necessary, the surgeon will refine the nasal tip by reshaping the cartilage and adjusting its projection, rotation, or definition.

Closing Incisions

After the desired changes have been made, the incisions will be carefully closed using sutures. In the case of open rhinoplasty, the incisions across the columella will be closed with dissolvable sutures or removable stitches.

Nasal Splint and Dressing

Following the closure of the incisions, your surgeon will apply a nasal splint or external dressing to support the newly reshaped nose. This helps protect the nose during the initial healing phase and ensures proper alignment of the nasal structures.

Recovery and Follow-up

Once the surgery is complete, you will be moved to a recovery area, where you will be closely monitored. Your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions on how to care for your nose, manage discomfort, and reduce swelling. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and remove any external splints or stitches.

It is important to note that the steps involved in rhinoplasty can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and the individual needs of each patient. Consulting with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, such as Dr Stephen Kleid, will allow for a comprehensive assessment of your specific concerns and the development of a personalized surgical plan to achieve your desired results.

Recovery Process after Rhinoplasty Surgery – Managing Symptoms and Healing


The recovery period after rhinoplasty, can involve discomfort and several temporary symptoms that are part of the healing process.

Understanding these symptoms and knowing how to manage them will help you navigate the recovery period more comfortably.

Below is general recovery information following Rhinoplasty;

First few days post-surgery

During the initial days after rhinoplasty, your nostrils may be packed with gauze, which is typically removed after 2-3 days. Additionally, your nose may be protected by a nasal splint or layers of nasal tape, which are usually worn for 1-2 weeks to provide support and promote proper healing.


  • It is normal to experience some pain after rhinoplasty, especially during the first few days. However, the discomfort can be effectively managed with prescribed pain medications.
  • Typically, the initial 3-4 days post-surgery are the most painful, and the discomfort gradually subsides as healing progresses.


  • Swelling is a common and often the most bothersome aspect of rhinoplasty recovery.
  • You may experience swelling in the nose, eyes, or face, which can temporarily obscure the final results of your nose job.
  • Most of the swelling gradually subsides within the first month, but a small amount of residual swelling may persist for up to a year.


  • After rhinoplasty, you may develop black or red bruises around the nose and under the eyes.
  • While these bruises can be initially prominent, they gradually fade over time.
  • It typically takes 2-3 weeks for the bruises to completely dissipate.


  • It is not uncommon to experience itching in the nasal area during the recovery period. However, it is important to avoid vigorously scratching your nose.
  • Instead, gently alleviate the itching to avoid any potential disruption to the healing process.

Minor bleeding

  • Some minor bleeding, such as blood spotting or occasional nasal drip, is normal during the early stages of rhinoplasty recovery.
  • As long as the bleeding is minimal and not continuous, there is typically no cause for concern.

It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery. This may include avoiding strenuous activities, maintaining proper hygiene, and attending scheduled follow-up appointments.

Remember, each individual’s recovery process may vary, and it is essential to be patient as your body heals. If you have any concerns or questions during your recovery, do not hesitate to reach out to your surgeon for guidance and reassurance. With time and proper care, you will gradually see the full benefits of your rhinoplasty and enjoy the improved appearance and functionality of your nose.

Determining the Cost of Rhinoplasty

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When it comes to the cost of rhinoplasty, it’s challenging to provide a specific price due to the highly individualized nature of the procedure. As mentioned earlier, each person’s nose job is unique, and the extent of the surgery can vary greatly from one patient to another.

The cost of rhinoplasty depends on various factors, including:

  • Complexity of the Procedure
    • The complexity of the surgical modifications required, such as addressing the tip, reducing size, correcting nostril shape, or fixing the nasal septum, can influence the overall cost.
  • Surgeon’s Expertise
    • The experience, reputation, and skill of the surgeon, can impact the cost.
    • Highly skilled surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty may have higher fees.
  • Geographic Location
    • The location of the surgical facility, such as Melbourne, can affect the cost.
    • Costs may vary based on regional factors, including overhead expenses and market demand.
  • Additional Fees
    • Other factors that can contribute to the cost include anesthesia fees, surgical facility fees, pre-operative tests, post-operative care, and follow-up appointments.

Personalized Consultation and Quote

At Dr Stephen Kleid’s practice, an accurate quote for rhinoplasty is provided during a personalized consultation. This allows Dr Kleid to assess the individual’s specific needs, desired outcomes, and the complexity of the procedure. By examining your nasal structure and discussing your goals, Dr Kleid can provide a comprehensive quote tailored to your unique case.

To receive a personalized quote and discuss financing options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr Stephen Kleid. During this visit, Dr Kleid will address your concerns, assess your specific needs, and provide you with a detailed cost estimate. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your rhinoplasty procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty (FAQs)



Why Choose Dr Kleid?

Dr Stephen Kleid,
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty,

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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