Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) in Sydney

Rhinoplasty with sydney plastic surgeon dr ellis choy

Your nose is the most prominent feature of your face. When it has a distracting quality or is ill-proportioned with the rest of your features, it can disrupt the harmony of your entire facial aesthetic.

Rhinoplasty is a general term used to describe a range of surgical procedures that can reshape the nose or relieve blockages by correcting nasal deformities. Cosmetic rhinoplasty or a “nose job” usually refers to surgery that sculpts the cartilage, bone and sometimes soft tissues to produce a more pleasing nasal appearance whilst maintaining correct function of the nose. Functional rhinoplasty is the designation for nasal surgeries that serve a medical purpose.

Dr Ellis Choy performs Sydney rhinoplasty procedures with exceptional skill and artistry. The surgery is highly personalised to each specific patient, so no matter what you dislike about your nose, Dr Choy will select the best technique to restore your confidence.


Rhinoplasty has long been one of the most sought-after procedures in the cosmetic surgery world. From elective cosmetic procedures designed to improve a patient’s appearance to functional procedures that clear nasal obstruction, there are innumerable reasons for considering nose surgery.

The goals of cosmetic rhinoplasty may include:

  • Reducing the size of the nose
  • Increasing the projection of the nasal bridge
  • Smoothing a hump on the nasal bridge
  • Narrowing the nasal bridge
  • Refining the shape of the nasal tip
  • Elevating a drooping nasal tip
  • Narrowing the nostrils
  • Straightening a crooked nose
  • Altering the angle between the nose and upper lip

Functional rhinoplasty typically addresses airway problems, such as septal deviation. It can also restore normal form and function after nasal injury.


The first step in the rhinoplasty process is a consultation with Dr Choy to discuss your desires and determine your suitability for the procedure. During this appointment, Dr Choy will take a complete medical history and conduct a detailed facial evaluation. He will explain the realistic improvements rhinoplasty can make in your appearance and ensure he has a complete understanding of the goals you hope to achieve. In rhinoplasty, every detail — no matter how small — is significant.

Additional factors that help determine your candidacy include your age, physical health, emotional well-being and expectations for surgery. If Dr Choy confirms rhinoplasty is a safe and effective option for you, he will develop a customised plan based on your anatomy and aesthetic goals.


Broadly speaking, the surgical approaches to rhinoplasty fall into two categories: open or closed.

In a closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon places the incisions inside the nostrils. Patients sometimes believe this is the preferable option as there is no external incision and therefore no visible scar. However, there are significant trade-offs for this approach. Closed rhinoplasty provides a limited view of the anatomy and can hamper the surgeon’s ability to make precise changes. With a procedure as delicate as rhinoplasty, this is generally not a worthwhile compromise.

When using the open approach, Dr Choy makes a small bridging incision across the columella, the external portion of the septum that separates the right and left nostrils. He can then lift the skin upward to allow an unobstructed view inside the nose. This approach provides the most options for the surgeon, including reshaping bone and cartilage or using grafts, and the best outcomes for patients, with only a small and inconspicuous scar.

Dr Choy exclusively performs open rhinoplasties for these reasons.


Some patients who feel their nose is too large don’t realise that other factors may be contributing to that impression. Having a small or receding chin, for example, can create an imbalance in facial proportions that gives the illusion of an overly large nose. Combining nose surgery with a chin implant or chin augmentation with dermal fillers can correct this disproportion and restore harmony to the face.

Dr Choy also frequently performs other surgical procedures in conjunction with rhinoplasty, including blepharoplasty, brow lift and facelift.


For patients who do not want surgery, or who want a temporary “test run” before committing to surgery, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty using dermal fillers may be an option. The strategic injection of filler can help in adding dorsal height, camouflaging a dorsal hump, making the nose appear narrower, correcting minor asymmetries and rotating the tip. However, it’s important to note that a so-called “liquid nose job” cannot replace surgical results. Injectables cannot make the nose smaller or fix functional issues like a deviated septum.


Upon waking from rhinoplasty surgery, your nose will be splinted for protection. There will be some discomfort and pressure within your nose, as though you are congested from a bad cold, and there may be swelling or bruising under your eyes. The splint and sutures will be removed at about one week post-op.

Patients generally wait one to two weeks before they are comfortable in public. Your nose will not yet have its final shape, and you must wait a little longer to resume full physical activity. Around the three to four month mark, you will be able to appreciate your results more thoroughly. Some residual swelling may be lingering and changes can still occur, but you may be the only person who can see these subtle shifts. At one year post-op, your nose will have taken on its final form and feel like part of you.


Perhaps more than any other cosmetic procedure performed today, rhinoplasty is a transformational surgery both physically and emotionally. Patients don’t just enjoy an enhanced appearance; many feel they have finally reached a comfortable sense of self-identity.

The best outcome is one that looks natural and flattering. This does not mean that a “good” nose looks the same for each person. It’s critical to create outcomes that fit individual features, preferences and ethnicities.

Once your nose has settled, your rhinoplasty should last for life. Minor adjustments can be made with injectables and more impactful changes can be made with revision surgery if desired. 

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Dr Choy believes that patients should always look like themselves – just better. He takes a natural and refined approach to rhinoplasty that minimises scar tissue formation and does not result in an “overdone” look. His skill and artistry have positioned him as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery, and led to him becoming the first plastic surgeon in Australia to utilise certain advanced rhinoplasty techniques.

The ability to precisely manipulate and restructure the nose, whilst maintaining or improving functional breathing issues, requires expertise that takes years to acquire. If you are interested in rhinoplasty in Sydney, choose an experienced specialist plastic surgeon like Dr Ellis Choy who has dedicated his career to mastering the art of aesthetic enhancement. Contact Dr Choy for a consultation today.

*This information about rhinoplasty was reviewed by Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ellis Choy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

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