Nose reshaping can have a profound effect on a young person’s confidence, explains Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson. Deformity of the nose – either too large, too small or twisted – severely...Continue Reading
Male Rhinoplasty (Male Nose Job)
Before & After Gallery Male Rhinoplasty (Male Nose Job)
About The Procedure
Male Rhinoplasty is a nose reshaping surgery for men who have trouble with breathing as a result of an accident, or who wish for a different visual aesthetic. Previously men considered nose jobs to be a feminine procedure; however, now around 40 percent of the approximately 500 surgery cases Dr. Hodgkinson performs each year are for male patients.
Men often have a history of nasal trauma due to activities such as contact sports or lingering issues from an accident in their childhood, which affects their breathing and appearance. Rather than merely living with the problem, more men are starting to do something about it, by finding out what it entails and how much time off work is needed for recovery.
What can I do if I have a type of nasal trauma?
When a patient with past nasal trauma comes to Dr. Hodgkinson, the breathing function is tested, along with an evaluation of the inside structures of the nose. This will help determine the best path forward for the appearance of the outside of the nose. Dr. Hodgkinson will use a computer imaging tool to give a visual idea of what nose shape will best complement the patient’s overall facial features.
In some cases, which may require further evaluation of the breathing abilities of the nose, a CAT or MRI scan may be necessary. This will help to aid in the planning of the procedure and is one example of the importance Dr. Hodgkinson places on preparation to ensure the best outcomes for his patients.
What is the process once I decide to move forward with the procedure?
Once the desired shape of the nose has been agreed upon, the surgery is performed as an out-patient procedure. This will take place at Dr. Hodgkinson’s Double Bay Day Surgery, an on-site, fully licensed, and accredited facility. In most cases, the surgery will take about one and a half hours, inclusive of any corrections to the breathing. After the procedure, patients will be required to wear a splint on the nose for roughly one week. You will be able to return to work or studies after seven to ten days. If you experience any discomfort, a mild analgesia should help.
In the case where you have already had nose surgery performed by a different surgeon, which has resulted in an outcome that you are unhappy with, a secondary surgery is possible, but the results will be less predictable, and Dr. Hodgkinson will give you a realistic idea of your likely outcome. You have to be aware this is a more difficult surgery.
Dr. Hodgkinson has experienced high levels of satisfaction from patients who have undergone male rhinoplasty surgery with him, and he has a belief that this operation should only need to be performed once.
Why should I be considering nose plastic surgery?
The primary goal of male rhinoplasty is changing the shape and appearance of the nose, which many do for purely cosmetic reasons. That being said, it can also fix deformities caused by an injury that creates breathing issues and discomfort. The goal with any nose surgery procedure is to create a look that works harmoniously with the rest of the face. The results should be subtle and natural. The aesthetic goals differ from the female rhinoplasty.
This procedure may be well suited for your situation if you fall under any of the following categories:
- You wish your nose was larger or smaller
- Asian want a taller bridge
- You would like a different shape for the tip of your nose
- The bridge of your nose requires some refinement
- The base width of your nose needs changing
- You have a crooked nose
- You would like to reduce humps in your nose
- You have trouble breathing
While improving the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty will also increase your self-confidence, and can lead to better breathing and a higher quality of sleep. This, along with the other cosmetic procedures for the facial region offered by Dr. Hodgkinson, instills a greater sense of confidence in your facial appearance, improving your sense of self, your body image improves.
What is involved in a rhinoplasty procedure?
A rhinoplasty procedure reshapes the nose via the modification of bones and cartilage. This allows the skin of the nose to adapt to a new shape over time. In cases where a previous rhinoplasty has been performed to less than desirable results, a secondary rhinoplasty can correct an inadequate or poorly performed initial primary rhinoplasty. The skin must shrink but is sometimes limited in its quality so needs to be treated before and after the operation. Dr. Hodgkinson will assess the quality of the nasal skin before and after surgery.
Dr. Hodgkinson, an authority on Male Rhinoplasty in Sydney
Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson, is a world-class expert in rhinoplasty surgery, regularly lecturing on the topic in Australia and worldwide. Dr. Hodgkinson is one of two Australian surgeons who has been accepted into The Rhinoplasty Society, which consists of the top surgeons throughout the world with exceptional skills in the Rhinoplasty procedure. To achieve this status and honour, surgeons must undergo an extensive vetting process and have their expertise validated as innovators in their field.
Dr. Hodgkinson is deeply committed to aesthetic and reconstructive nasal surgery and can provide a realistic image of what your new nose can look like, along with the necessary information to ensure you make an informed decision.
In cases where the procedure is to correct a breathing issue, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. Dr. Hodgkinson will help detail this option for you; in the meantime, you can find preliminary information at MBS Online.
- I have issues breathing, will cosmetic surgery help?
The rhinoplasty procedure can help most breathing issues; however, you will require an assessment to confirm this. If the internal divider between the nostrils, known as the septum, has been damaged, the cosmetic procedure can rectify this along with altering external structures, which will help clear your airways, improving your breathing.
Known as a ‘septoplasty,’ this procedure is often the best path forward for men with a previous injury that has resulted in a breathing problem. The rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures can be performed at the same time, meaning both appearance and function can be improved. The turbinates are internal structures which can swell because of allergies or dust and an unhealthy work environment. Those too may be modified to help breathing.
A before and after of the septorhinoplasty procedure as performed by Dr. Hodgkinson
- Can something be done about my flat nose?
Yes, Dr. Hodgkinson has worked on many a flat nose in both Caucasians and Oriental patients who wish to have the bridge of their nose built up. This particular augmentation creates a better balance with the eyes or a more Eurasian appearance in Asian patients. This is also an option for those who have had nasal fractures due to contact sports, which have caused an element of flattening to the nose.
The nasal bridge can be elevated with silicone; however, Dr. Hodgkinson is well known for a differing process that uses the patient's own tissue. Dr. Hodgkinson can, for example, take a small piece of bone from the elbow, for use in the nose to produce a more refined profile and a more desirable appearance from the front view. This will highlight the upper part of the face. Dr. Hodgkinson has performed hundreds of these augmentation procedures with few problems which silicone tends to extrude or be rejected with time.
- Will I still look masculine if I have a nose job?
This is often one of the biggest fears faced by male patients when it comes to having a nose augmentation. It is important to remember that Dr. Hodgkinson's specialty across all procedures, male or female, is a sensitivity to a range of elements, including the look of the face, gender, ethnic background, and family resemblance.
When it comes to the rhinoplasty procedure, some surgeons can over-feminise their male surgical results, creating a type of stigma that the nose job is a feminine procedure. This is not an issue; however, when an expert in nose surgery such as Dr. Hodgkinson is on the case. He works hard to individualise the results for each patient, so the new look is natural and balanced.
Male rhinoplasty requires an avoidance of a "cute" or "button" look, which is often caused by removing too much tissue or cartilage. Dr. Hodgkinson believes it is critical to maintain a strong nose for his male patients, which is in balance with the rest of the face. This will, almost by default, guarantee a natural masculine appearance.
A before and after with six months of healing as performed by Dr. Hodgkinson
- What will I need to do or be aware of after the procedure?
Dr. Hodgkinson's experienced team will give specific post-operative instructions that will ensure the best recovery process possible. It is crucial that you follow these instructions to the letter to achieve the best results. The results of a rhinoplasty are evident immediately; however, it is normal and expected to experience swelling that will subside over several months, eventually revealing the actual form of your new look. In some cases, final results can take up to a year as cartilage can reshape over time to adjust to the new shape of the nose.