Rhinoplasty

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    4-6 Weeks
  • Average Cost:
    $5,000 - $15,000
  • Anesthesia Required:
    Yes

About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that alters the appearance of the nose. Many people choose to undergo a rhinoplasty to change the appearance/shape of the nose, to improve breathing, or both.

Commonly asked questions about Rhinoplasty

1. What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that alters the appearance of the nose. Many people choose to undergo a rhinoplasty to change the appearance/shape of the nose, to improve breathing, or both.

2. Why is a rhinoplasty done?

There are several reasons someone chooses to get rhinoplasty surgery, such as to correct breathing problems, correct a birth defect, or because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their nose.

  • To fix a cleft lip or palate
  • Chronic sinus issues
  • Damage to face/nose
  • Increasing/decreasing the size of your nose
  • Changing the appearance of your nose

3. Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery?

To be a candidate for rhinoplasty surgery, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Facial growth is complete (for women approx. 14 years old and men approx. 16 years old)
  • Be in overall good health – no serious medical conditions/illnesses
  • Non-smoker
  • Have realistic expectations

4. How is a rhinoplasty performed?

Step One – Anesthesia

Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient treatment with IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Step Two – The Incision

There are two types of rhinoplasty surgeries: open and closed. All incisions are done on the inside of the nose during a closed operation. The incision is made across the columella (fleshy portion between the two nostrils) during an open procedure.

Step Three – Reshaping the Nose

The skin is then gradually elevated through these incisions, providing access to reshape the nose’s structure.

A large nose will be reduced by removing cartilage, or sometimes a rhinoplasty may require additional cartilage grafts. The septum is frequently used to augment the nose with extra cartilage.

Step Four – Correcting a Deviated Septum (if applicable)

If the patient has a deviated septum, the surgeon will correct the septum and the internal structures of the nose to make breathing easier.

Step Five – Closing the Incision

The tissues are re-draped and stitched closed. If the patient wants nostril reshaping, this is done as the final stage of rhinoplasty.

Step Six – See the Results

Splints, gauze, and packing will support the nose as it heals, and then you will be able to see the final result.

5. How long does rhinoplasty take?

Rhinoplasty usually takes from 1 to 2 hours to complete.

6. What is the recovery from rhinoplasty like?

Your nose and eyes are generally bruised and swollen right after surgery. Your nose will be packed with gauze or splinted on the inside, and your nose will be covered with bandages on the outside to provide protection and support your new nose shape. This dressing will usually be kept on for one week.

Week 1: At the start of week one, you will not be able to breathe through your nose, and you may have some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. There will most likely be some bleeding and drainage from your nose on your dressing. By the end of the week, you will start to feel better, and your surgeon will examine your nose and remove your splint after doing so. After that, most patients feel comfortable returning to their normal activities.

Week 2: Most of your bruising and swelling should fade, but you will have to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting.

End of the Month: About a month after your surgery, you should look and feel recovered. There may be some swelling around the tip of your nose, but you should be able to see some results. At this point, you should be cleared to resume physical activity and wear glasses/sunglasses.

Month 2-3: Your nose will become much more refined, and the swelling will continue to decrease, but you should avoid any contact sports.

Month 6-12: You should be cleared to return to any contact sport. Usually, nasal swelling has gone at the 6-month mark for most patients, but definitely at the 12-month mark. So, by now, you should be fully healed (inside and out).

7. Are there things I should avoid after my surgery?

To lower the chances of increased bleeding or swelling after the completion of your rhinoplasty surgery, your surgeon may advise you to:

  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Avoid showers and have baths instead
  • Not blowing your nose
  • Avoid extreme facial expressions
  • Brush your teeth gently to avoid movement of your upper lip
  • Avoid clothing that goes on over your head
  • Don’t wear sunglasses/glasses
  • Use SPF on your nose when in the sun
  • Don’t use ice packs on the nose to try to reduce swelling

8. When will I see the final result of my rhinoplasty?

One week following rhinoplasty, you should have a fair sense of the results of your surgery. However, you will be swollen, and fine details will be difficult to see. Usually, to see the final results of a rhinoplasty takes approximately 6-12 months.

9. What are the risks of a rhinoplasty?

Complications arising from a rhinoplasty are rare and, when they do occur, are usually minor.
As with any major surgery, rhinoplasty carries some risks such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Permanent numbness in and around your nose
  • Uneven-looking nose
  • Pain, discoloration, or swelling
  • Scarring
  • Septal perforation

10. How much do Rhinoplasty surgeries cost in Canada?

The price of rhinoplasty surgery will vary from patient to patient as the complexity of the procedure is different for everyone. However, the average cost of rhinoplasty surgery in Canada is between $5,000-$15,000.

11. Is a rhinoplasty worth it?

7,437/8,154 people who have undergone rhinoplasty have rated the procedure “Worth It” (91%)