Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose-job or nose surgery, alters the nose's external appearance. It is performed for cosmetic and/or functional (improve nasal airway) purposes; very often both.
Rhinoplasty should always look to maintain (and in most cases strengthen) structural supports to the nose to preserve or restore a good nasal airway and achieve a long-lasting result. The appearance of the nose with surgery is always of utmost importance as form follows function. Historically, rhinoplasty to improve appearance has lead to a weakening of the structure and a compromise to function (blocked nose) as well as a deterioration in the appearance over time. This need not be the case. From these important goals (Good function, pleasing appearance and maintained framework support) the term “Structural Rhinoplasty” has been coined as is a good descriptor. Mr Jumeau only performs structural rhinoplasty.
A large proportion of Mr Jumeau’s work is in the field of rhinoplasty. A large proportion of this work is for revision (correctional) rhinoplasty or following significant trauma or disease where often complex reconstructions are necessary.
Sinus surgery can also be done at the time of rhinoplasty but in general only minor sinus procedures would be combined and if major sinus disease/ infections existed then this would be sorted prior to the rhinoplasty.
What to expect from surgery
Prior to any rhinoplasty surgery, you will normally have an initial consultation with Mr Jumeau where you will be examined and your concerns will be discussed. For most surgeries a further appointment will then be made where the specifics of your surgery will be detailed, the normal peri-operative course outlined, risks addressed and any further questions answered. Sometimes these subsequent visits involve the use of image altering/ morphing software to help patients conceptualise potential aesthetic changes. All patients undergoing rhinoplasty surgery will have pre and post-operative photos taken. Often Mr Jumeau will organise for a CT sinuses scan prior to your surgery.
Please note that rhinoplasty is a complex surgery. Multi- Revision rhinoplasty (or following significant nasal trauma) can be very complex and carry significant risks. Every patient has differing needs, desires and structure and requires an individualised approach. The surgeon and patient need to both be happy to proceed with surgery. Consultations via email do not adequately embrace this process, however, in some instances, one of the pre-op consults can sometimes be arranged as a video call (there are normally always two or more pre-op consults).
If interested in rhinoplasty surgery with Mr Jumeau please read the attached information sheet below.
What is the cost of rhinoplasty surgery in Melbourne?
There is no one answer to this question as a rhinoplasty can vary from a 1.5 – 2hr relatively straightforward procedure for mostly nasal airway, in someone who has not has surgery before, to an over 6-hour major reconstruction addressing all structural elements of the nose using costal (rib) cartilage in someone who has had several previous procedures.
If there is an impact on your nasal airway then a proportion of the fee may be eligible for a rebate through Medicare and/or your private health insurance. This amount will also vary according to which fund you are with and what level of cover you have.
If your procedure is purely cosmetic or you are not covered by the Australian Medicare system then no rebates are available.
The surgery fee will usually vary from $6000-12000 before any rebates. At the time of your first consult, all fees and rebates are accurately quoted. The following are the fees associated with the surgery:
- Mr Jumeau’s surgery fee
- Anaesthetic fee
- Hospital stay fee
What results can be achieved
Mr Jumuea’s surgical philosophy centres around achieving attractive and natural-looking noses with excellent nasal airways.
Your expectations of rhinoplasty will be extensively discussed during your initial consultations. Mr Jumeau will start by asking you what you are hoping to achieve (the look you are after), he will talk through the achievability of this and how he would go about it as well as possibly recommend other minor elements to refine to balance out this look.
Please read the Rhinoplasty Preoperative Information sheet for more helpful information on what you can expect from rhinoplasty surgery.
Case studies (before & afters)
Mr Jumeau has prepared and made available numerous case studies to help patients understand the process and illustrate what rhinoplasty can achieve. It is essential to bear in mind that all patients are different, and results depend on each patient’s characteristics and desired goals.
Prominent dorsal (bridge) hump in profile exaggerated by loss of all nasal tip cartilage support with droopiness and collapse of the tip. Septal cartilage required complete removal, reconstruction and replacement (extra-corporeal septoplasty) with resultant better profile, tip position and strength.
About preservation rhinoplasty
Preservation rhinoplasty is a technique that has now found its way into Mr Jumeau’s routine practice.
Preservation Rhinoplasty is not an approach he would give you a choice to have or not. Instead, it is a series of techniques that Mr Jumeau would incorporate into your surgery to a greater or lesser degree, depending on your case’s complexity and structural concerns.
Mr Jumeau performed his first Preservation Rhinoplasty case in June 2018 and has incorporated its’ principles routinely since September 2019.
At this time (May 2021), only a handful of surgeons in Australia have performed a single Preservation Rhinoplasty procedure. The number of surgeons regularly doing these would be less than that. The techniques require significantly more study, teaching and practice. Even for an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, it requires a concerted effort to master.