Many individuals are dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose. For some, it may be a small aesthetic issue such as the presence of a hump or bump on the bridge of the nose. Other individuals may be seeking a more dramatic change, such as an increase or decrease in the nose as a whole. At Revesse of Toronto, Dr. Robert Mounsey has extensive experience with cosmetic rhinoplasty. He uses the Canfield Medical Imaging system to help his patients envision the results that can be achieved through surgery and he customizes each procedure to suit the individual patient’s needs. Whatever your aesthetic goals, Dr. Mounsey is happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss your needs.
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a nose job, can reshape the nose to improve its appearance. Some breathing issues may also be addressed at the same time. There are many alterations that can be made to the nose. Common changes include reducing or increasing the overall size, removing a hump, altering the tip or bridge shape, and narrowing the nostrils. Anyone who has healthy expectations for improving their nose may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. For younger patients, surgery is best postponed until the age of fourteen or so when the nose has completed its growth. Dr. Mounsey also has extensive experience with ethnic rhinoplasty for individuals of ethnicity who are looking to make aesthetic changes to their nose while still retaining their ethnic identity.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Dr. Mounsey may perform the rhinoplasty surgery in one of the hospitals or private clinics in the Toronto area which he is affiliated with. The surgery takes approximately one to two hours and may be performed with local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty is always performed using one of two basic techniques: open or closed. For open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made across the columella, or the column of skin separating the nostrils. While this will result in a very well-concealed, fine line scar, this technique makes it easier to access and manipulate the nasal tissue and bone for optimal results. For closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are confined to inside the nostrils. Working through the incisions, Dr. Mounsey will separate the skin from the underlying bone and cartilage and then sculpt the bone and cartilage to their new shape before re-draping the skin and closing the incisions.
The Rhinoplasty Recovery
Patients should expect some degree of swelling and bruising following their rhinoplasty surgery. Bruising often occurs around the eyes. Slight, noticeable swelling may last for up to a month or more and this can disguise the final result to some degree. A splint is usually applied to the nose which is removed after one to two weeks. If nasal packing is used, it is typically removed within a few days after your surgery. The nose may ache in the first few days but this can be alleviated with medication. It is important that patients take enough time off of work so that they can heal properly. In most cases, work can be resumed within about one week.