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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

Information on Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery in Canada

Approximate Cost

$4,000 – $7,000



2 – 4 weeks


Possible Complications

(The following is general information: Consult with your plastic surgeon for more detailed complication risks – specific to your body, current health and exact chosen procedure)

Bleeding and bruising are common

rare risk of:
infection, assymetry requiring repeat surgery

Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery in Canada

Rhinoplasty is the medical term used to describe what is commonly referred to as a “Nose Job”.

Rhinoplasty nose reshaping is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. The size of the nose can be reduced or increased, the shape of the tip or the bridge can be changed, the nostrils narrowed, and the angle between the nose and upper lip changed. Birth defects, injuries and some problems with breathing can be corrected.

The nose is a very complex structure with many different changes that can be achieved. Telling your surgeon you want a smaller nose does little or nothing to describe all the changes that can be made. It is very critical with this operation that you spend extensive time discussing with your surgeon the exact changes you would like to see in your nose. The surgeon should be able to discuss each component of the nose with you in detail and show you the many different changes that can occur. Also very important to discuss are the limitations, because all of the changes you are requesting may not be possible.

The nose is commonly divided into two major areas that can be altered. The first is the dorsum (the upper long thinner part of the nose) and the second is the nasal tip (lower part of the nose that includes the nostrils). The most common changes that patients request is a removal of a hump on the dorsum, thinning the dorsum and thinning the tip. However any combination of thinning widening shortening lengthening and rotating can
be achieved.

During rhinoplasty nose reshaping surgery the plastic surgeon makes a small incision inside the nose in a ‘closed’ rhinoplasty. In an ‘open’ rhinoplasty the incision is made in the columnella (the tissue between the nostrils). Once the incision is made, the surgeon is able to access the internal structure of the nose and make the desired changes.

Rhinoplasty nose reshaping surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. After your surgery you will be asked to keep your head elevated to avoid increased swelling. You will feel discomfort but any pain can be controlled with medication. You can expect your nose and eye area to be bruised, swollen and ache and this can last for a few weeks. If you have nasal packing, it will be removed after a few days and you’ll feel much more comfortable. In 1 -2 weeks all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed.

Your surgeon will give you specific recovery instructions but usually you will be asked to rest for the first week. You will probably be instructed not to participate in strenuous activities for 2 – 4 weeks.

In general the goal of a rhinoplasty nose reshaping is to create a nose that is in balance with the rest of the face. It can take up to a year for the skin to contract around the new shape so results may not be seen immediately. It’s effects are permanent.

One important aspect to not overlook is the nose – chin relationship. As the chin gets larger the nose looks smaller and vice versa. A chin implant may or may not enhance your nasal appearance and this should be discussed during your nasal consult.