Rhinoplasty Questions and Answers

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You may have questions concerning rhinoplasty, either for yourself or for someone you love who is contemplating having a rhinoplasty. Here are some of the top questions asked about rhinoplasty – and their answers.

How is the surgery performed? The surgery is done by a qualified rhinoplasty surgeon who reshapes the cartilage of the nose.

How do I find a qualified rhinoplasty surgeon? First, check with your regular doctor for a referral, check with the medical board, and then schedule a consultation with the surgeon of your choice.  In addition to finding an experienced facial plastic surgeon, you want to make sure that you choose a doctor who is well experienced in performing rhinoplasties. You’ll also want to be sure to choose an individual who you feel comfortable with and who can share your vision for your desired results.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty? Generally speaking, rhinoplasty is fairly safe. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks, which include infection, bleeding, and scarring. There is also a risk that you won’t achieve the aesthetics you desire, especially if you are working with a less qualified surgeon.

How old do you have to be to get a rhinoplasty? Normally, unless there is a medical reason, most rhinoplasty surgeons will not perform surgery on anyone under 16 because the nose does not stop growing until then. There is no upper age limit for when the surgery can be performed.

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Are stitches used in rhinoplasty? There will be small stitches (sutures) inside the nose. There may also be sutures on the outside if there were any incisions made on the outside of the nose. These will be self-dissolving stitches, and 99% of the time they will not need to be removed. They dissolve on their own within a few weeks.

When can I return to school, work, and normal activities? Generally, you can return to work or school and resume light activities after 1 week. More strenuous activities can usually be resumed after 3 to 6 weeks. As recovery time varies from patient to patient, always follow the recommendations of your surgeon on this.

What type of anesthesia is used? Your surgeon will either use a general or a local anaesthesia, along with a sedative.

Where can I learn more about rhinoplasty? You can contact any of the rhinoplasty clinics in or around Toronto to find out more about the procedure, pricing, and surgeons.

Will my insurance cover rhinoplasty? Possibly. If the procedure is being done for a medical reason such as a deviated septum or if it is being done to repair damage from an accident or illness, it may be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance provider to see if you qualify for coverage.

What if the results are not what I wanted? The results of a rhinoplasty can take several months to a year to be fully visible as the nose settles. For this reason, you should wait at least one full year to see the results. If after that time you are not satisfied, you can seek an adjustment surgery.

If you have more questions about rhinoplasty, we invite you to contact the office of Dr. Cory Torgerson. Our medical team will be pleased to help!

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