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Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around. Patients of all ages and genders report high levels of satisfaction when they finally get the nose job they’ve been dreaming of. Now we’ll take you behind the scenes of an expert nose job.

With the nose being such a prominent facial feature, it comes as no surprise that it can be a source of insecurity for many. Choosing a facial plastic surgeon to plan your improvements will begin with research about practitioners and about the procedure itself.

Based on media depictions, you may worry about what could go wrong and fear that you won’t get what you want. We’re here to assure you that with the right surgeon on your side, you can expect fantastic results. Knowing what to expect is half the battle when calming nerves and having a great experience. Get ready to love your new look.

Quick facts about rhinoplasty in Toronto:

  • Rhinoplasty definition: A surgical procedure to reshape the nose, changing its outward appearance
  • The purpose of the treatment is for each patient to end up with a nose that is balanced, proportional, and functional.
  • Rhinoplasty is generally done for aesthetic purposes or, in the case of a deviated septum, to improve breathing. The technique to correct a deviated septum is called septoplasty, and the combination is referred to as a septorhinoplasty.
  • How much does this operation cost? Usually around $10,000 and up (prices are subject to change).
  • Rhinoplasty is an intricate procedure, and some recovery time is needed.
  • There are common recovery considerations (like swelling or bruising) that should be discussed with you before surgery so that you can plan effectively.
  • The results are permanent.

What defines an expert nose job?

Your face can be integral to your identity as perceived in the world and how you see yourself. The appearance of your nose can significantly impact your whole look, even when extremely subtle changes are made. A dedicated facial plastic surgeon will consider harmonizing factors, including the shape and size of your face, your gender, your other features, and your age. He or she will usually undertake the complicated process of sculpting cartilage, soft tissue, and bone to create a natural-looking improvement that is in keeping with your overall facial features.

People want to enhance their nose for many different reasons. That’s why there are so many complex variations to this surgery. The rhinoplasty methods used and the recovery will be similar among facial plastic surgeons and most patients, however.

Here are 3 main aesthetic areas that surgeons focus on:

  1. Reducing structures in the nose like a bump on the bridge or overall size. Surgeons do this by removing bone and cartilage to reshape and create a narrower bridge.
  2. Adjusting length or width: Surgeons may use precise techniques to change the size of your nostrils or nose.
  3. Changing the tip of the nose: This involves taking out cartilage in the tip of the nose to make it smaller and more defined.


Transforming the tip of the nose is done through either a closed or open procedure. The open method uses a small cut between the nostrils to get to the nasal structures, and the closed method involves incisions made within the nostrils so that the scar is concealed. Keep in mind that when an open technique is required, scarring is still extremely minimal and won’t be visible in most cases. Closed rhinoplasties are ideal for certain adjustments and not for others. Your consultation is the time to discuss each of these and which one your surgeon advises to reach your goals.

Improving outward appearance isn’t the only reason for nose reconstruction. Some people experience chronic nasal congestion or difficulty breathing daily. These symptoms are addressed through septoplasty, a procedure that straightens the septum, allowing for better airflow. Septoplasty, also called deviated septum surgery, can be done by experienced surgeons with or without changes to the outward appearance. Expect your costs and some recovery details to change based on the combination of methods used.

What does a well-managed recovery look like?

Dr. Cory Torgerson is a top rhinoplasty surgeon, and he performs many of these challenging and rewarding procedures each year. He fully prepares each patient before their operation day with what to expect before, during, and after.

You should feel comfortable enough with your surgeon to ask questions while you are recuperating, not just before surgery. We provide our patients with Dr. Torgerson’s personal contact information so they can have questions and concerns addressed right away while healing. You should expect to go home after surgery in most cases, but you’ll be invited back for one or more follow-ups in the first week.

Typically, you’ll be advised to take at least 1 week off work and regular activities, but many people choose 2. That’s because your body will naturally resolve the majority of swelling and bruising within those 2 weeks, so after that, you can head back to work looking very much like yourself.

You’ll be prescribed an antibiotic and pain medication to manage discomfort if needed, though the healing phase after a nose job is not usually described as painful. Facial swelling and pressure in the nose area can be frustrating, and you’ll be breathing through your mouth for only a few days. A little blood oozing from the nostrils is also common for the first 3 days. Your surgeon will explain what to look for and what to expect. You’ll see swelling begin to improve after days 3 to 5, and then you can start to watch your new nose take shape.

Now that you know what goes on behind the scenes of an expert nose job, here’s how to make sure you have the best plastic surgeon on your case:

Nose surgery is a complex subspecialty of facial cosmetic surgery, which requires surgeons to analyze and solve problems, be meticulous in their attention to detail, and ensure their patients’ utmost safety. Because the average cost of rhinoplasty is a relatively sizable financial commitment, we want you to get the best care and results for the money you invest.

Here are some steps to follow to make sure you choose someone who has more than just the basic qualifications:

1. Choose a facial plastic surgeon who has the experience to back up their credentials

Check that the surgeon has a history of satisfaction among past patients. One way to do this is by viewing rhinoplasty before and after photos. These images serve as visible evidence of your surgeon’s abilities and continuity in results. You should also research the reputation of the surgical facility and ensure that the highest level of accreditation from the appropriate governing board is in place. Don’t hesitate to meet with more than one expert and take your time in this phase. 

2. Consider your comfort level and your surgeon’s bedside manner

We can’t stress this enough: don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation. Come with a written list if you prefer – your surgeon won’t mind. This procedure is a big commitment, and reputable experts will thoroughly assess you, listen to you, describe the process, and convey the risks honestly. Be wary of physicians who downplay risks, as risks are a necessary part of any operation.

3. Make sure your surgeon draws up a detailed surgical plan just for you

Rhinoplasty isn’t one-size-fits-all. Do all of your surgeon’s past nose job patients appear to have the same nose? If you’re male or have distinctive ethnic features, do you see evidence that your surgeon creates personalized and customized adjustments suited to each individual face like yours? A surgeon with extensive knowledge of different nose and face shapes should give you a thorough examination and show you realistic possibilities. They may use a 3D imaging camera to view possible outcomes that align with your goals.

Dr. Cory Torgerson Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Cory Torgerson’s artistic and detail-oriented approach to facial plastic surgery has made him a leader in his field. Dr. Torgerson stands out because of his impeccable surgical skills as well as his ability to work closely with patients to create bespoke treatment plans. The Torgerson clinic sees a high percentage of female and male patients of all ages. Dr. Torgerson is considered a sought-after leader in the areas of nasal reconstruction and ethnic rhinoplasty, and he receives requests to share his innovative techniques and teach across the country. He also feels that it’s essential to meet with his patients personally for a consultation when they begin their transformation process. In that way, they can freely gather all the details they need and make an informed decision without any pressure.

With a keen aesthetic eye for elegant and refined detail, he reveals each patient’s personal best appearance and delivers on their goals. We experience a very high satisfaction rate for our Toronto rhinoplasty patients, and many tell us that they only wish they’d gone for their nose job sooner.

Your journey to a new nose can start with a simple conversation. Contact Dr. Torgerson’s office to find out more about rhinoplasty in Toronto.

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