Rhinoplasty or nose job as it is commonly known is the procedure of altering the appearance of the nasal passages and the nose itself mainly for cosmetic purposes. The nose job can increase the dimensions of the nose and thus make it bigger or reduce its size. It can also change the angle of the nose and its bridge in addition to altering the flare of the nostrils.

The surgery can also be employed for corrective surgery for cancer related skin scars. Additionally, the surgical procedure can eliminate nose bumps and straighten crooked noses that are the result of past accidents.


It is quickly rising in global popularity, with the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery releasing statistics showing that the number of worldwide nose job procedures stood at 954,423 in 2013 alone.

How is the Procedure Carried Out?

The procedure during the operation includes making incisions to the nose from the inside of the nostril. The reason as to why it is done this way is to minimize the risk of leaving behind any visible scarring or scar tissue.

Once the incisions are made the plastic surgeon goes on to make alterations to the bones and cartilage of the nose either by permanently extracting it or moving it elsewhere to add the desired volume or even reduce it.

Rhinoplasty and Cancer

The surgical procedure has been found to be beneficial for alleviating complications brought about by cancerous growth.

·         Skin Cancer Correction

The nose job procedure is commonly used to conceal skin cancer marks such as those caused by melanoma lesions.

·         Avoid Smoking, Your Nose Will Thank You

Smoking agitates every vital organ in your body from your mouth, tongue, lungs and even the nose. Also, cigarettes are packed full with nitrosamines in addition to other harmful chemicals that can increase the risk of development of cancerous growths. For sure, when you avoid smoking you reduce the likelihood of nasal cancer and possible surgery.

Advantages of a Nose Job

A nose job has several advantages:

·         Great Aesthetics

The nose job is one of the best methods to achieve a more streamlined face without changing too much of your original face composition. The nose job is proven to take off at least a year and a half from your face. This may not seem like a lot but for the simple procedure it is, that is quite a bonus. Surgery is also known to help in correcting facial scars caused by skin cancer, especially around your nose.


·         Breathe Light, Breathe Easy

A nose job has massive benefits in easing nose congestion and aiding patients breathe easily especially after episodes of cancer affecting the throat and the surrounding areas.

Septoplasty, a branch of rhinoplasty works by correcting deviated or crooked septum. This is a condition which most people do not even know they have until they pay their doctor a visit complaining of lack of energy and constant headaches which are all side effects of disrupted breathing.

·         A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep apnoea is a common complication among people with obstructed nasal passages. An apnoea is a period in which a person does not breathe or takes in irregular breathes during sleep which can be anywhere from mildly annoying to life threatening at the worst.

It is important to ensure that your surgeon is registered and accredited with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and abides by its Code of Practice. The procedure does not have to be dangerous if carried out by a qualified professional.