Rhinoplasty - Nose correction surgery functional and cosmetic

Rhinoplasty is a surgery that is performed to improve your nasal shape and function. There are two main principles that have to be adhered in rhinoplasty surgery. First to achieve a good functional nose so you can breathe well and secondly cosmetically appealing result. Patient's wishes are addressed right from the outset so to produce an aesthetically pleasing nose within the constraints of the existing nasal anatomy.

You have to tell your surgeon as to what aspect / part of your nose that you want changed and discuss details of surgery and recovery.

For example you may want to

  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Reduce a nasal hump
  • Make you nose smaller or bigger
  • Improve height and profile to upper lip
  • Open or narrow nasal passages
  • Make the nasal tip smaller/ fine


The two main techniques of rhinoplasty are open rhinoplasty and closed endo-nasal rhinoplasty. You should discuss with the surgeon which may suit your nose as there are advantages and disadvantages of each technique. You should also discuss postoperative care, complications, and unexpected outcomes at your consultation. Pre operative and post operative photography will be essential.


Hump reduction

Hump reduction


Reduction of nasal hump by removal of bone and cartilage shaded red

Reduction of nasal hump by removal of bone and cartilage shaded red


Build nasal dorsal support and profile by addition of cartilage or graft shaded green

Build nasal dorsal support and profile by addition of cartilage or graft shaded green



Narrowing nasal tip by excision of cartilage marked red and reconstruction with sutures

Narrowing nasal tip by excision of cartilage marked red and reconstruction with sutures


Improving nasal tip projection and support by addition of cartilage or graft in green

Improving nasal tip projection and support by addition of cartilage or graft in green



Reducing the size of the nasal vestibule (base) by removal of soft tissue - broad nose to narrower nose. Scar heals well and is well hidden

Reducing the size of the nasal vestibule (base) by removal of soft tissue - broad nose to narrower nose. Scar heals well and is well hidden



Narrowing of the nasal tip

Narrowing of the nasal tip


Murali Mahadevan

Specialist ENT Surgeon

For all enquiries and appointments call (09) 631 1950

Gillies Hospital & Clinic
160 Gillies Avenue
Epsom, Auckland 1005

Facsimile: (09) 631 1951

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