While facial cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty in Toronto are on the rise, so is the motivation for prospective patients to pursue their own, extensive research proceeding with surgery. While it’s true that the more you know, the more confident you’ll be about your nose enhancement, the sheer volume of information and anecdotal stories found online can be a bit overwhelming. If you want a little help understanding the basics of what the procedure involves, read on.
What’s The Goal Of The Surgery?
Surgery to alter the nose for either functional reasons or aesthetic ones, is commonly referred to either as septoplasty, rhinoplasty or a septorhinoplasty. The surgical correction of septum deviation is technically called a septoplasty. People can benefit from both reshaping and functional improvements, and they often do. Septorhinoplasty is the term for this combination while rhinoplasty refers to the aesthetic reshaping of the nose.
You may wish to straighten a crooked bridge, to turn the tip up, or down, or perhaps change the nostril width and flare. Plenty of patients present with a prominent bump on the bridge, and others with very little bridge prominence at all. The reasons for seeking a physical change to the nose are as varied as people are. But one thing that is consistent is the need to seek the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Toronto who specializes in this very intricate and specialized procedure.
No Two Toronto Rhinoplasty Procedures Are Alike
This could be one of the most complex facial cosmetic procedures available. The intricate, inner anatomy of each person’s nose is incredibly detailed and complicated. Even changes which appear to be simple at the outset, such as narrowing a tip, can be complicated to perform. Subtle interventions measured in fractions of millimeters shift the outcome of nose surgery. The strength and longevity of structures are vital, so the facial surgeon must calculate small changes and adjustments with extreme precision.
Typical rhinoplasty will fall into one of three categories: Primary, (first procedure) revision (second or third procedure, designed to repair and reconstruct) and septorhinoplasty (intended to improve both appearance and function.) Within the primary category, there are many more sub-types such as ethnic rhinoplasty, alar modifications, additive/ reductive, tip rhinoplasty and more.
What Are The Common Steps?
Regardless of the technique which you and your surgeon agree on, commonalities exist in the way the procedure is carried out.
General anaesthetic – Most facial plastic surgeons will utilize general aneasthetic for the surgery. This type of sedation puts you completely to sleep and allows complex work to be done without any awareness on your part. Long-acting anaesthetic is also used locally in the tissues to ensure people feel relatively comfortable for many hours after.
Extensive sun exposure can also affect scars by darkening the scar tissue thereby making it more noticeable.
Incisions – The incisions will be made within the nasal passages entirely (called a closed rhinoplasty), or within the nostrils and across the bridge of skin between them (called an open rhinoplasty). This minor, additional incision allows the surgeon greater access and visibility. For substantial rhinoplasties, it’s the most effective way to work. Luckily, this open approach doesn’t leave significant scarring, and the tiny, zig-zag cut heals to be nearly invisible just under the nose.
Adjustments to bone and cartilage are made with precision instruments and subtle sculpting. Here is where the procedures will vary somewhat, and the length of time required will too. That’s because revisionary work and multifaceted surgical plans need extra time to manipulate tough materials, measure and apply implants, trim and sculpt. Your specific and personalized plan will be discussed with you in detail before your surgery so that you know exactly what will happen when you’re asleep.
Dr. Phillip Solomon is a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon having specialized in rhinoplasty for 20 years in Toronto. He feels that it’s essential for his patients to understand the plan and know exactly what to expect in order to have positive and realistic expectations.
After The Procedure
Once you are gently awakened from anaesthesia, you’ll be able to leave with a family member or friend. Your incisions will be closed with sutures and medical tape, and you’ll likely have a splint/bandage combination placed over the nose. Inside your nostrils, it’s common to have packing or splint material applied to help stabilize the area. This will be removed after a few days, and Dr. Solomon will see you back again throughout the first few weeks to assess your progress and ensure you’re on track.
The majority of swelling and bruising resolves within two weeks for most patients, regardless of their surgical method. The great news is, most people also report minimal discomfort. Though there will be a sensation of pressure in the face due to swelling, mild pain medication and head elevation with pillows is often enough to keep them comfortable during the early days.
To learn more about this procedure and what your rhinoplasty in Toronto could involve, we welcome you to contact Solomon Facial Plastic and schedule your private consultation today.