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Dr Jeremy Hunt: plastic surgeon

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a renowned plastic surgeon, appearing on shows such as Nine's Body Work. Having trained in Australia and the United States, he has been continually exposed to the latest advances in plastic surgery.

Removal of excess nose cartilage

Friday, July 27, 2007
The procedure is called a rhinoplasty; this term is used for any operation on the external part of the nose.

Question:
I'm 44 and over the last 10 years I've developed excessive cartilage on the tip of my nose due to sun damage and would like to have it removed. Is this still classed as a rhinoplasty or is it a more simple procedure? I'm hesitant to contact a plastic surgeon in case I receive incorrect and expensive advice! I'm a single mum and therefore finance is an issue. Is the extent of the work required related to the cost of the procedure?

Answer:
The procedure is called a rhinoplasty; this term is used for any operation on the external part of the nose. The sun damage you describe does cause thinning of the skin so the cartilage becomes more visible. Combined with this, the amount of fat on the face decreases with age and this allows the underlying cartilage to become more apparent.

The procedure is elective and will incur costs — the Medicare rebate applies to rhinoplasty that is necessary to correct deformity caused by an accident. The costs for rhinoplasty are related to the extent of the procedure required.

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