I trust that everyone is having an excellent summer so far. For this month’s blog, I have chosen one of the most popular and common procedures to discuss, a procedure so ancient that its practice dates back to Ancient Egyptian times.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can help enhance the shape and size of the nose. When performed by the right properly accredited surgeon, it can be a safe and highly satisfactory procedure. Of course, it must be performed on the right person for the right reasons as well.
It can help correct deformities or irregularities from trauma or those that we were born with.
It can also be coupled with a procedure to help with breathing problems and snoring known as septorhinoplasty. In fact, in Quebec, with a valid RAMQ health card, the Regie Assurance Maladie du Quebec can financially cover a portion of a septorhinoplasty! This will allow you to have more affordable pricing for your desired nose job while also treating breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. General anesthesia for this surgery is usually more comfortable for both patient and surgeon as it can help reduce major intra-op complications.
Other than the previously mentioned septorhinoplasty which can help with breathing problems, this procedure can help with defects involving all structures of the nose including the bone, cartilage, tip shape and size, nasal dorsal hump, nostril shape and size, angles and proportions.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Closed Rhinoplasty: all the incisions are made in the nasal mucosa (the skin inside the nose) so no external visible scars are seen.
Open Rhinoplasty: this method involves an internal incision and a small external incision that usually heals with no noticeable scar. This technique helps the surgeon visualize the nasal bone and cartilage more than the closed rhinoplasty and can be better suited for surgeries that require more “work” or need a higher level of enhancement.
Non-surgical Rhinoplasty: this plastic surgical technique uses the injection of dermal fillers to augment the nose thus creating subtle or dramatic changes. By using these non-permanent injectables in the office, the surgeon can help the patient create filling contours, camouflage skin irregularities, fill-in low areas, visually decrease humps, define and enhance the tip, and give the nose an overall “finished” look. Generally, dermal fillers last 6-9 months. This procedure is much cheaper in the short term and can help the patient “preview” his or her nose before they commit to a more permanent surgical rhinoplasty. The advantage is that it can be as quick as 5 minutes in the office with no anesthesia necessary. The recovery time is minimal. Because non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the use of adding dermal fillers to alter shape, it is not recommended for very large or very asymmetric noses.
If you are considering a rhinoplasty or a septorhinoplasty, remember that you can always come and see me for a more personal consultation. Once again, my mission is to provide patients with utmost, prioritized care aimed to enhance your comfort, provide you with a safe procedure, and minimize your recovery time, but most importantly, help you achieve the natural improvement you seek.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s blog. Please feel free to leave your comments and feedback. For all other questions or personal concerns, do not hesitate to come and see me in person for a consultation and a closer examination. I work very closely with my patients to determine their best options and help them make an informed-decision. I would be delighted to help you achieve your goals.