Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)


Expert rhinoplasty surgery is as much about art as it is about science. Nose reshaping surgery is one of the most intricate procedures performed by plastic surgeons and takes years of determined focus to master. The aim of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to enhance the appearance of the nose and to bring it into aesthetic balance with the rest of the face, without signs of an unnatural or operated look. Functional rhinoplasty aims to correct nose breathing problems. Dr Moss performs nose surgery for concerns with either breathing or appearance.

Dr Moss combines skilled aesthetic judgement with the most up to date and advanced nose surgery techniques available with the aim of delivering a world class result in every patient whether their concerns are cosmetic, functional or both. Each person’s face is unique and so are their individual aims from surgery.

Dr Moss will fully explain the aesthetic aims and options for all surgery so that you clearly understand the results expected in his individual hands. This rightly ensures you are fully informed, completely involved with the decision making process, and fully comfortable with the outcomes planned.

Other procedures such as chin implant and facial liposuction can also be performed at the same time as nose surgery.

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Commonly asked questions

What does the operation involve?

For all patients with large noses, tip deformity, deviation or complicated problems, Dr Moss prefers to use a modern technique of open rhinoplasty in order to best provide benefits such as a smooth bridge line without irregularities, accurate correction of tip problems, and maximal correction of nasal breathing problems.

Open rhinoplasty surgery involves a small incision at the base of the nose to lift the skin, thus allowing the greatest precision and predictability in sculpturing, correcting and re-supporting the tissues of the nose. The ‘operated look’ is avoided at all costs as Dr Moss’ philosophy is that if the result is recognised as a ‘nose job’ then the surgeon has likely failed.

What is the routine recovery like?

Although there may be a degree of bruising it is usually not visible after 10 days by which time most patients are able to return to work. Any pain is usually mild, short-lived, and easily controlled with simple analgesics. Dr Moss does not use nasal packs but a small plastic nose splint is worn for one week.Patients may gradually return to exercising starting two weeks after surgery. Contact sports must be avoided for six weeks.

Are there risks or limitations?

Dr Moss uses meticulous, proven and effective surgical technique to optimally avoid complications and maximise benefits. All surgery, even in expert hands, has some risks. Although these can and do happen, the likelihood of re-operation and complications are at the lowest ranges in the industry in his patients. Thick skin is the most common limitation seen because it is difficult for thick skin to shrink and conform to the redefined supporting framework of the nose. Surgeons can only do so much with a large nose if the skin will not contract, however Dr Moss is highly experienced in surgery on the ethnic or thick skinned nose and is able to offer patients the best results possible, all without erasing their ethnic identity.

Should I have nose surgery?

The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a private matter and is a decision that patients have to make for themselves. Good candidates for nose surgery are realistic and self-motivated. They want to improve their appearance for their own satisfaction – not for others! An expert surgeon has the skills and ability to deliver improvements in keeping with what the patient requests, whether subtle or more significant. Successful surgery improves physical appearance, liberates people from their concern about their nose and works to enhance well being. The final result should look refined and balanced yet natural, and undetectable as the result of surgery.

Achieving the best possible long term cosmetic and functional results should be your highest priority. As a perfectionist in rhinoplasty, Dr Moss aims for every nose to look the best it can, breathe well and be in balance with the rest of the face.

What is the best age for nose surgery?

After nasal development, usually twenties +

A note about quality nose surgery

Restoring appropriate support to the architectural framework of the nose during the procedure is vital to achieving the optimal result in the long term. This usually takes a little extra time and highly skilled techniques, but is worth the investment. Dr Moss customises a natural nose for each patient that suits and balances their individual face. The “cookie cutter” approach is NEVER used and no short cuts are taken. It is false economy to shop around based on the lowest price or the quickest operation as you usually get what you pay for - especially in rhinoplasty surgery. It is important to find a qualified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing both primary and revision rhinoplasty and achieving consistent and optimal outcomes.

Secondary Rhinoplasty

Dr Moss regularly performs corrective nose surgery on patients who have had nose operations performed elsewhere with a less than desired result.

Will I be able to see how my nose will look post-surgery?

Yes, with our Vectra 3D computer imaging technology you will be able to see how you would like your nose to look. You will also be able to see the possible benefits of rhinoplasty in terms of improving your overall appearance.

How close will the simulated result be to the actual result?

VECTRA simulations are based on the actual outcome the surgeon will be hoping to achieve based on your surgical plan. It is important to note that the Vectra 3D produces a simulation of the expected surgical result only. Actual results can and do vary.

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery?

That is a decision you will make with Dr Moss. VECTRA 3D can show you the possibilities of the procedure, but is not intended as a substitute for a medical consultation.

How will Rhinoplasty help?

Rhinoplasty must create a nose that is in balance with the rest of the face. Dr Moss' philosophy is to artistically shape each nose so that it suits each person's individual features. It is vital that the nose should never draw attention away from one's eyes. Often surgery involves only subtle changes at surgery so risks are minimal and recovery is short. Dr Moss strives for a natural appearance, avoiding at all costs the "operated look".

Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult operations in plastic surgery. Modern rhinoplasty techniques involve reshaping the existing nose, usually via an open approach which provides maximal visibility for your surgery. Dr Moss uses a technique of rhinoplasty that emphasizes preservation of nasal structure and strength, with minimal excision of supporting structures. These advanced techniques have significantly improved the quality, accuracy and predictability of the long term results. Rates of patient satisfaction and improved confidence are very high.

Approximately 25% of Dr Moss' rhinoplasty patients are male. Dr Moss performs nasal implant surgery on Asian men and women with flat noses to augment the bridge line.

Vectra 3D Computer Imaging for Rhinoplasty


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Credentials


Dr Moss is internationally recognised as an expert rhinoplasty surgeon and has extensive experience in nose reshaping procedures. He is widely acknowledged by his peers for the natural looking improvements he delivers in his nose surgeries. Dr Moss has extensive expertise in performing complex redo (revisional) rhinoplasty surgery on patients who are referred for management from elsewhere.

Dr Moss was the first Australian member of The Rhinoplasty Society. This is an international society of the most respected nasal surgeons in the world. Membership is by invitation only and requires an extensive screening process.

Members are considered innovators in their field and deeply committed to aesthetic and reconstructive nose surgery. Dr Moss is also a Member of the Australian and American Societies of Plastic Surgeons and the Australian, American and International Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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