Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, can be a highly beneficial procedure for those wishing to enhance the aesthetics of their nose or improve function of their nasal airway. The surgery involves reshaping the structure of the nose to create a more desirable appearance and/or correct difficulties with breathing. When you come in for your consultation, one of our experienced plastic surgeons will conduct a thorough examination, at which time you are encouraged to express your concerns and ask any questions you may have. Based on your aesthetic goals and individual needs, your surgeon will help you understand what you can achieve from rhinoplasty.
To learn more about the procedure, or to schedule your consultation, please contact The Ottawa Clinic today.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
The two main reasons patients choose to undergo rhinoplasty are cosmetic enhancement or functional repair. Some rhinoplasty patients who are primarily seeking functional repair choose to also make minor cosmetic alterations simultaneously. The surgical plan can be customized to meet the unique patient’s needs and expectations. Benefits of rhinoplasty may include:
- A smoother slope to the nose without any bumps or humps
- Resized nostrils for a more proportionate appearance
- A change in the position or angle of the nasal tip
- Improved facial harmony
- Balanced, symmetrical facial features
- A boost in self-esteem
- The ability to breathe with greater ease
Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty will be in good overall health and maintain realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. Men and women who wish to correct a deviated septum or damage to the nose to facilitate improved breathing are often excellent candidates for rhinoplasty. People who desire to reshape the nose to be more proportionate with their other facial features may also be good candidates for rhinoplasty. Finally, some rhinoplasty candidates are unsatisfied with the results from a previously rhinoplasty performed by another plastic surgeon and seek to attain their original goals. During the consultation process, one of our experienced plastic surgeons will perform a physical exam, discuss your cosmetic and functional expectations, and determine your candidacy for the procedure.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty usually takes about two to three hours to complete. Depending on your specific needs, your surgeon may perform either open or closed surgery to access the structures of the nose for reshaping. An open rhinoplasty involves an incision in the space between nostrils (columella) for a complete view of the nose. A closed rhinoplasty is when all nasal modification is performed via the nostrils.
If additional cartilage is needed to complete the improved nasal shape, this can usually be taken from the middle part of the nose (septum). Should there not be sufficient cartilage, as is often the case with a revisional rhinoplasty, your surgeon may take a small amount from the ear. More detailed information about your procedure will be provided prior to your surgery, allowing you to ask questions and get a better idea of what to expect.
Following your rhinoplasty, pain should be minimal, and any discomfort can be treated with oral medication. Swelling and bruising may occur around the nose and eyes, but this should fade with time. To minimize swelling, our surgeons encourage patients to keep the head elevated and to routinely apply a cold compress. You can expect to have your stitches and other dressings removed within the first week. Most patients can resume their normal routine within the first couple weeks and typically feel comfortable returning to work or school just a few days after surgery. It is important, however, that you avoid strenuous activities for the first four to six weeks to not disrupt the healing process. While you can begin to see your results once the swelling has begun to subside, your results should continue to improve over several months.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
Since each rhinoplasty is customized for the individual patient, there is no set price for the procedure. Factors that can influence the cost of rhinoplasty may include:
- The technique chosen to achieve your personal goals
- The complexity of the surgical plan
- The experience of the plastic surgeon
- Fees for the anesthesiologist and the hospital
- Post-operative medications
- Geographic location
At the end of your preliminary consultation, your plastic surgeon will quote you a price based upon your customized treatment plan. For patients who could benefit from more flexible forms of payment, we accept several plastic surgery financing options that offer low-interest rates and low monthly payments.
If you would like to learn how rhinoplasty can help you achieve your specific goals, please schedule a consultation at our practice.