Rhinoplasty is surgical alteration of the appearance of the nose, both inside and outside. Rhinoplasty may or may not include septoplasty, which is surgical correction of the central part inside the nose between the left and right nasal airways, and turbinectomy which is surgical reduction of the size of the "baffles" on the sides of the nasal airways. A twisted or deviated septum can be a cause of a twisted or crooked nose, and breathing problems can be caused by a faulty relationship between the septum and turbinates.
Rhinoplasty, septoplasty and turbinectomy can be performed for medical reasons such as to improve the breathing or correct deformity due to trauma or developmental disturbance. In such cases an "item number" may be used which may allow Medicare and private health insurance to contribute to part of the costs associated with the surgery.
Rhinoplasty can also be performed for purely cosmetic reasons, where one would just like the shape of the nose corrected and there are no previous fractures or breathing problems. In this case Medicare and private health insurance most likely will not assist in the costs.
There are of course some noses in which it is not obvious if it is medical or cosmetic. We would always recommend you get a referral from your GP to see Mr Callan who can help determine your situation. In some cases Mr Callan operates with an otolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon particularly where airways are partially blocked.
Our appointments are relaxed and informal. Mr Callan and one of his nurses will be present at each consult. We will chat to you about what bothers you, what you would like to achieve and take a thorough medical history from you. We will take photos of you and perform a 3D simulation with our Vectra machine to give you an idea of what type of changes we would attempt to make. This is not always achievable, but we will do our best to get you close to what we predict should be realistic.