Rhinoplasty in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario
While there is no upper age limit for having rhinoplasty, patients may be advised to wait until they are 15 or 16 (when the nose is fully developed) before undergoing rhinoplasty. Sometimes breathing problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected at the same time as nose reshaping. It is important to have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look, as well as know that there are some limitations to cosmetic nasal surgery.
Dr. Callaghan may ask whether you have difficulty breathing through your nose, suffer from allergies, or use nasal spray excessively. In evaluating you for nose plastic surgery, Dr. Callaghan will examine your nose both internally and externally. Skin quality as well as the size and shape of your nose must be carefully studied. Sometimes, chin augmentation may be suggested so that a more pleasing facial balance can be achieved.
With rhinoplasty, work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the structure of your nose. Sometimes, bones may need to be altered in order to make your nose look narrower and straighter. If your nose needs to be augmented, this can be accomplished using cartilage from your nose or cartilage from behind the ear.
The skin and soft tissues will re-position themselves over the new form of your nose. In most cases, the incisions will be placed inside your nose so they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small pieces of skin below the nostrils will be removed. External incisions are well hidden in the crease where the nose and cheek join.
In an open rhinoplasty, a short incision is made across the columella – the narrow bridge of skin that separates the nostrils. A small plastic splint is worn on the nose for the first week post-op. No packing is placed inside the nose. Patients go home the day of surgery. Skin numbness after a nose job may occur, but is usually temporary. Occasionally, ‘touch up’ surgery may be necessary to refine or modify the result.
Bruising should be gone after a week, and you can use concealing makeup if you wish. Swelling can last a number of weeks or months, though residual swelling usually affects just the nasal tip.
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