Nose Surgery


Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance and/or breathing function of the nose. There are several reasons to seek rhinoplasty, including the following:

  Alter the proportion of the nose to better suit the rest of the face
  Correct impaired breathing caused by a structural abnormality
  Improve the appearance of the nose after an accident or injury

Rhinoplasty candidates should be in good physical shape and have specific, reasonable expectations of surgery. The surgeon clinic can show you before-and-after rhinoplasty photographs to give you an idea of the type of results attainable with rhinoplasty.

Time and costs

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours in theater. We can arrange for you to arrive in South Africa during the week end, attend consultation with the surgeon on Monday and have surgery performed on a Wednesday.

After surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness in the first few days, during which you will be accommodated in a recovery facility and followed 24/7 by our nurses.

Week 2 of your stay you will be available to travel and enjoy some of the country best scenery while you recover. We recommend to recover for at least two weeks before you can be dismissed back to your normal routine by the surgeon.

The cost of the procedure may vary significantly, according to your choice of procedure and materials used, but you can have some very good liposuction done for as little as USD 9,000.


Preparing for Rhinoplasty

Before undergoing rhinoplasty, you will need to meet with the surgical team to talk about your needs and determine your candidacy. The surgeons will ask about your medical history, any past surgeries, what medications you take and what your expectations of surgery are. If you are deemed a suitable candidate, the medical team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.

Depending on your situation, you may wish to:

  Refine the tip of the nose
  Remove a bump from the bridge of the nose
  Bring the nose into better proportion to other facial features
  Treat a deviated septum

Upon scheduling your surgery, we will give you a list of instructions to prepare for surgery. You may be asked to have some lab tests performed, to stop smoking in advance of surgery or to avoid certain medications, vitamins or supplements.

The Day of Surgery

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed at the surgical center. Upon arriving at the facility and being escorted to the operating room, you will receive anesthesia to help you sleep comfortably during surgery. This ensures that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

The plastic surgeon begins by making an incision either within the nostrils (this is called the “closed” approach) or across the strip of skin separating the nostrils (the “open” approach). The surgeon then has access to the underlying structures of the nose. He can reduce or augment the nasal structures using cartilage grafted from other areas of your body. Or, he can straighten a deviated septum, refine the tip or nostrils or smooth a bump from the bridge of your nose. Once our surgeon has sculpted the nose to the desired shape or size, he will re-drape the skin and suture it together.

A nasal splint may be placed to protect the nose as it heals.

Recovering from surgery

Your nose will be swollen for a few weeks after rhinoplasty, but you will notice a gradual improvement in its appearance. In the weeks following your procedure, it’s critical to get as much rest as possible and refrain from any strenuous activity. The surgeon will advise you as to how long you will need to fully recuperate, and will schedule several follow-up appointments to check your healing progress. The surgeons will clear you to return to your normal routine when you’re ready.

Other Considerations

You may be interested in complementing the results of your rhinoplasty with another surgical or non-surgical procedure. For example, Anti-aging or Dermal Filling can smooth wrinkles around the forehead or mouth.

Brow lift can elevate a droopy brow, and Eyelid surgery can tighten the lids and smooth under-eye bags.