What is rhinoplasty?

As the centrepiece of the face, the nose has important aesthetic and functional significance.  Rhinoplasty surgery can re-shape and re-size various unappealing aspects of a patient’s nose. 

Everybody’s face is different, and one’s nose should fit the other characteristic facial features.  Dr. Eckhaus must analyze your skin quality, dental bite, breathing considerations, and other specific details to properly determine what changes are most appropriate for your nose.

The Surgery

Rhinoplasty takes 2-3 hours under a general anesthetic and requires no overnight stay in hospital.

A small horizontal incision is made on the undersurface of the nose along the thin tissue between the two nostrils to allow unparalleled access to control the shape and position of the nose. This is the only scar visible and one that typically heals extremely well. The remaining scars are located within the nostrils and are not visible.  

The nasal septum is the central wall between the nostrils. It is important for nasal support, shape, symmetry, and airflow. A septoplasty is a common procedure used to improve internal problems of the nose. Rhinoplasty is often performed with septoplasty.

After Your Surgery

The initial results can be appreciated immediately, but due to prolonged swelling, the finer details of the final result cannot be appreciated for six months to one year after the surgery.

Here are some other things to prepare for:

  • A small, external splint is worn on the nose for one week. There may be internal silastic splints if a septoplasty is performed.
  • You may feel like your nose is blocked.
  • Small amounts of fluid drain from the nose in the first few days. Gauze placed along the upper lip is used to absorb this.
  • It is very common for facial bruising around the cheeks and eyes for 10 to 14 days.
  • Patients typically require 2 weeks of downtime.
  • Numbness is normal and will take a number of months to return, particularly to the tip.