A great way to become more comfortable about undergoing a procedure is to understand the basic surgical steps involved in that procedure. Although there are some variations, rhinoplasty surgeons in Ontario, Canada, typically perform nose reshaping using similar techniques. Understanding the basics of this procedure can prepare you for your rhinoplasty consultation and your surgery.
Rhinoplasty consultations provide an ideal opportunity for patients to ask any questions they have regarding their surgery. Doctors should provide enough time to answer all of these questions and should present a general outline of what the surgery and recovery will be like.
Women and men who wish to restore facial symmetry through rhinoplasty typically require a reduction, reshaping or enhancement of the underlying nasal bone and cartilage. To achieve this, surgeons usually use one of two approaches:
- Internal Approach: Also called “closed rhinoplasty,” this method utilizes incisions inside the nostrils to avoid exterior scarring. The internal approach elevates the skin so surgeons can easily alter the nasal bone and cartilage.
- External Approach: The external – or “open” – approach, requires a minor incision across the columella, the small strip of skin that separates the nostrils. This incision allows the surgeon to make more significant changes to the structure of the nose, and most patients find that the incision is hardly noticeable after recovery.
The method chosen usually depends on the patient’s cosmetic goals and the preferences of the surgeon. I customize procedural techniques to match the needs of each patient and to create individualized results that naturally enhance a person’s facial contours.
Recovery time for rhinoplasty varies depending on the extent of surgery, but most people find they are able to return to work and other daily activities after 1 week. After 2 weeks, most physical signs of surgery should be minimal. However, changes in the nose continue for up to a year or more following surgery.