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Rhinoplasty: Reconstructive Nose Surgery

When most people think of rhinoplasty also known as nose surgery, they picture a cosmetic “nose job”

Although this does account for nearly half of all nose surgery, the rest takes place due to medical concerns, some of which are extremely serious.

Rhinoplasty recovery can take place in a fairly short period of time

Rhinoplasty Medical Concerns

#1: A common reason for needing rhinoplasty is the repair of a broken nose. This can be fairly simple or, if severe, involve reconstruction of the underlying bone and cartilage. Depending on the extent of the damage, recovery can take place in a fairly short period of time or may involve significant bruising and swelling that resolves more slowly in a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks. #2: Another reason to seek help from a rhinoplasty surgeon is for blockages, polyps, or a deviated septum, which is the cartilage that separates the two nostrils. Since these conditions are treated primarily through the nostrils, recovery is relatively quick with limited bruising, swelling, or pain. #3: The most significant reconstructive nose surgery is performed as a result of cancer treatment. In this situation, extensive work may need to be done to remove the cancer and then return the nose to as normal a condition as possible. This is achieved through grafts of bone or cartilage and other implants and fillers as well as skin.

Keys to successful reconstructive rhinoplasty

Post-Surgical Period

As with any medical procedure, it is important to find a rhinoplasty clinic or surgeon whom you can relate to and trust. Facial reconstructive surgery can be performed by a range of doctors, but for the best results, turn to a specially trained professional who is certified and highly experienced, specifically with rhinoplasty. It is in your best interests to follow all of the doctor’s instructions for pre-surgical preparation so that the surgery will have the greatest chances for success. Things like ensuring a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, quitting smoking (if you are a smoker), and stopping certain medications and over-the-counter supplements can have a profound effect on your ability to recover quickly and with fewer complications. Post-surgical compliance is also crucial for achieving the greatest satisfaction after rhinoplasty surgery. It is a good idea to have ice packs and any prescribed pain medication on hand. On the day of surgery, you will need someone to drive you home and look after you while the effects of anesthesia wear off. You may have to take some time off from work, restrict your activity, sleep with your head elevated and your face protected, and put off exercise for a while. Make sure you keep every follow-up appointment with your doctor and continue with your treatment plan as prescribed. Don’t be too quick to look in the mirror, because your results will be distorted by swelling and bruising for at least a little while after your procedure. There are a number of rhinoplasty surgeons in Toronto, but an expert like Dr. Cory Torgerson offers the best care in comfortable surroundings. Contact Dr. Torgerson’s Toronto facial plastic surgery centre to learn more about reconstructive rhinoplasty surgery today.

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