If you want to make improvements to your nose, but you’re not sure which type of procedure you need, the available information can be a bit overwhelming. Toronto rhinoplasty patients have several different techniques available to them.
Do you want to improve breathing? Straighten your nose? Change the nostrils or smooth a bump? Perhaps you’ve had nasal surgery and were not pleased with the results? Your initial consultation with Dr. Phillip Solomon will allow you to talk about your concerns and expectations. He’ll advise the best approach to match your goals. So, what are the potential options?
Rhinoplasty in Toronto- what are the common choices?
After your initial consultation and examination, you’ll have your facial plastic surgeon’s advice about the best technique for you. You’ll likely hear the words “open” or “closed”.
This procedure involves all incisions hidden entirely inside the nose. Through small openings made inside the nostrils and using specialized tools, your surgeon can access the bone and cartilage to make necessary adjustments.
Advantages of this approach include:
- Faster healing time due to fewer incisions and no external, columellar incision
- Less post-operative swelling
- Minimized visible scarring
- Reduced operating time
Despite some pros for the closed approach, this procedure remains the most efficient and effective technique for many patients. That’s because more extensive adjustments can be made this way and it affords your surgeon greater visibility of the area
A small incision is made between the nostrils where the nose meets the upper lip. The skin can be lifted to reveal complex cartilage and bone structures. Grafting, reduction and revision work will often require the open approach. Toronto rhinoplasty patients benefit from the open method when they need the following:
- Reconstruction of collapsed structures
- Repair of genetic deformities
- Acquired deformity/trauma/scar tissue removal
The facial plastic surgeon will typically place a splint on the nose after open rhinoplasty, and the initial recovery phase is roughly 2 weeks. The small incision heals to a very minor scar on the columella which fades over time and isn’t readily visible.
There is a non-surgical method of reshaping the nose that many patients are catching on to. It’s limited in what it can achieve, but due to the far lower cost and decreased risks or recovery time, it makes an excellent alternative for some people. Here’s what you need to know:
Hyaluronic acid filler gel is injected to the nose for building up areas or camouflaging unwanted features. For instance, the appearance of a crooked nose can be somewhat corrected through the addition of filler as a sculpting agent. A hump can be minimized by adding filler around it to offset its prominence. A low or flat bridge can be built up with thick gel, and a tip can be upturned and reshaped slightly.
There are many things filler can’t do for the nose, including breathing improvements and any decrease in size or structure. The results are also temporary- lasting roughly 9 months on average.
Since this is a relatively safe and low-cost cosmetic change, many people find it to be a helpful way to test drive the look of a permanent procedure.
The best way to find out whether non-surgical, revision, open or closed technique is best for you, is to schedule your private consultation with an expert. We welcome you to contact Solomon Facial Plastic and take the next step to a new improved you, today.