and boost your self-esteem.
Rhinoplasty in a Nutshell
2 – 3 Hours
- Invasiveness 80% 80%
- Pain Factor 60% 60%
Rhinoplasty—also known as nose surgery, or more commonly, a nose job—may be the solution. It’s one of the most often requested and performed plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can not only reshape your nose and change your look, it can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence.
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What Does Rhinoplasty Correct?
Cost of Nose Surgery
The Best Rhinoplasty Candidates
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty Risks and Complications
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Decrease the overall size of your nose
- Increase the size or change the contour of your nose with a facial implant
- Shorten the length of your nose
- Narrow the width of your nostrils
- Reduce the prominence of the tip of your nose
- Remove a prominent bump on the bridge of your nose
- Correct nasal birth defects
- Fix injuries from sports or other activities
- Correct breathing difficulties by repairing a deviated septum
In addition to functional improvements, rhinoplasty can help you get the facial profile you’ve always wanted, allowing you to feel more confident about your appearance.
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The Best Rhinoplasty
- you are over the age of 16, ensuring your nose is fully developed, and the results of the rhinoplasty will not be affected by further growth.
- you are in good overall health—physically, mentally and emotionally.
- you have realistic expectations of what rhinoplasty can do for you.
- the size of your nose, whether too large or too small, is bothersome to you, and has a negative effect on how you feel about yourself.
- the size and/or shape of your nose is out of balance with the rest of your facial features, and you seek a more harmonious appearance.
- you suffer from breathing difficulties (pertaining only to the structure of your nose, not to any lung-related conditions), or have a snoring problem that can be corrected by nose surgery.
If you feel you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty, or you’re not sure and have more questions, please schedule a consultation, and we’ll be happy to help you make an educated decision that’s right for you.
This rhinoplasty type uses internal incisions to adjust the structure of the nose. The surgeon navigates under the skin over the bridge of the nose. Benefits include a decrease in possible scarring, and decreased postoperative edema.
This type of rhinoplasty uses external incisions across the bridge of the nose, and in the tissue between the nostrils called the columella. The nasal skin is then folded back and upward; providing full access to the nasal structure and passage. Benefits reduced cartilage tearing, direct access to nasal passage airways.
This type is recommended when no surgery has been performed on the nose previously, and no trauma has affected the area. The existing, natural structure of the nose is is altered to achieve the desired results.
This type of nose surgery, sometimes also called revision rhinoplasty, is recommended if the nose has been operated on before, or has experienced some type of trauma or injury. The procedure is designed to fix any problems resulting from trauma or previous surgery.
This rhinoplasty type is recommended for those who may be unhappy with their nose’s appearance as it relates to certain ethnic features, and who want a less ethnic appearance.
This type is performed when the septum—the structure inside the nose which separates the nasal cavities—has become deviated or shifted, preventing proper airflow. This procedure corrects the function of the nose rather than the appearance.
This rhinoplasty type addresses appearance of the nose related to aging, including a deterioration of the cartilage, and a thickening of the skin in the lower portion of the nose. The procedure gently lifts the tip of the nose, restores the shape of the nostrils, and creates a more youthful appearance.
How is Rhinoplasty
We'll provide you with detailed instructions to help you prepare for rhinoplasty. This will help your procedure go more smoothly, and will set you up for a quicker, easier recovery.
Your rhinoplasty surgery will be performed under general anesthesia by an experienced surgeon in our state-of-the-art accredited clinic. Nose surgery typically takes approximately three hours to perform. However, this may vary depending on the amount of correction your nose needs.
Once the surgery is complete, your doctor will likely place splints in your nose to ensure it heals straight. You may also have a few stitches, and external bandages.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will not have to stay overnight in our clinic. After surgery, our nurses and professional medical staff will monitor you in our comfortable recovery room until you're ready to go home with a friend or loved one.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
One week after your rhinoplasty, you'll return to our clinic to be examined by your surgeon to make sure healing is progressing well, and that you're not experiencing any complications.
About one or two weeks after surgery, your bandages and splint will be removed. You may still have some bruising and swelling at that point, but it will continue to subside with time. Once the swelling has gone down and the bruises have faded, you'll be able to see your beautiful new nose!
Rhinoplasty Risks and Complications
Potential rhinoplasty complications include burst blood vessels in the nose, scarring, bleeding, infection, and complications related to the administration of anesthesia.
Should you begin to experience any complications after your nose surgery, do not hesitate to contact us or come in for immediate care.
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Question & Answer
When will I see results?
Though a change is immediately apparent following surgery, bandages, swelling and bruising may hide the results. The true rhinoplasty results appear in the months following surgery. Complete rhinoplasty recovery may take up to a year in some cases, but most patients usually notice improvement sooner than that.
How long do rhinoplasty results last?
Rhinoplasty will permanently alter the shape and/or size of your nose, though your results may be affected over time by the natural signs of aging.
Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?
Ontario Health Insurance Plan or private insurance may cover rhinoplasty (septoplasty) if you suffer from severe breathing difficulties. The purpose of the surgery is functional and not for cosmetic purposes, and therefore, aesthetic defects will most likely not be corrected.
Will I have any visible rhinoplasty scars?
Although rhinoplasty does require incisions, they tend to be in discreet areas, such as the inside of the nose or underneath the nose, right between the nostrils. Any scarring that results is minimal and well concealed. To help the scar heal properly (into a fine line that is barely noticeable), carefully follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions.
Does rhinoplasty hurt?
General anesthesia is administered during rhinoplasty, so you will not feel anything during the procedure. Following the procedure, your surgeon may prescribe medication to alleviate any pain. Most patients experience more discomfort than pain as they recover.
Doe rhinoplasty cause black eyes?
Sometimes. But not everyone gets black eyes after this procedure. If you do, they typically subside after a week or so of rest.
Am I old enough to have rhinoplasty done?
We strongly recommend rhinoplasty candidates be at least 16 years old (women), or 18 years old (men). This is to ensure the face is fully developed as further growth would affect the rhinoplasty results.
Will rhinoplasty require breaking my nose?
Not always. It depends on the person, their unique anatomy, the type of rhinoplasty being performed, and the desired results. Many patients only need cartilage reshaping to achieve their goals.
Will everyone notice that I had a rhinoplasty?
It depends. The point of rhinoplasty is to restore balance to your face and enhance your features. Depending on the amount of correction needed, your face may look different enough for some people to notice. Others may simply think your face has a more harmonious look without realizing exactly why.
How soon can I go back to work?
Typically, you should rest for one week after your rhinoplasty procedure. After one or two weeks, your bandages will be removed, and you may be able to apply makeup to your face to help hide any residual bruising.
If I break my nose, how long do I need to wait before I can have rhinoplasty?
If you’ve sustained injury to your nose, you may need to wait a few months for the swelling to subside before you proceed with rhinoplasty. It will depend on the severity of the injury. During your consultation, be sure to inform your surgeon if you have suffered a nose injury within the last six months so he can ensure you’re able to undergo nose surgery.
Is surgery necessary to change my nose?
Not always. Depending on the condition of your nose, what concerns you want to address, and what results you desire, you may be able to have a non-surgical nose job instead. This procedure doesn’t require surgery, and is performed with dermal fillers. Ask about this option during your initial consultation.