How long is the recovery time for a rhinoplasty procedure?
Each patient is unique and recovery time varies depending on the type of rhinoplasty and the extent of the facial surgery. While the acute recovery lasts approximately two weeks, complete healing can take several months. During this time, patients should avoid activities that can injure the nose.
Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?
Cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures are not covered by insurance plans in Canada, and are not covered by OHIP.
What are the potential risks or side effects of rhinoplasty?
As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, there are a few small potential risks that are associated with rhinoplasty. Dr. Rotenberg will take the time to assess your nose during the initial consultation and explain these potential risks to you. Here is a list of some of the side effects you may encounter during the recovery period:
• Discolouration and swelling around the nose
• Various sensations such as numbness, itchiness, or discomfort
• Adverse reactions to anesthesia (it’s important to provide a complete list of allergies before the procedure)
• Infection if proper aftercare isn’t administered
• Some scarring or redness
• Nasal septal perforation (a small hole in the septum) – this is rare but is treatable in most cases
• Possible need for revision surgery
• Dissatisfaction with the end result
• Laboured breathing (which can be corrected through revision rhinoplasty)
What is the legal age to get a nose job in Canada?
The legal age to get a nose job in Canada can be as young as 14 or 15. However, there are a lot of individual ethical and physical factors that need to be taken into consideration. Clients under the age of 18 require parental consent if they’re undergoing a strictly cosmetic procedure.
It is necessary to undergo a comprehensive preliminary assessment to ensure the emotional and intellectual maturity of the patient. We also need to perform an assessment on the client’s nose to ensure that it’s fully grown before undertaking the procedure. If the patient’s nose is still in the growing and development phase, then the procedure will eventually be rendered a moot point.
At that age, gender is also a major qualifier. Facial features in young girls can be fully developed as early as 15 or 16 years of age, while teenage boys may have to wait until at least 17 or 18 to get a cosmetic rhinoplasty. There’s no maximum age requirement.
How do I prepare for rhinoplasty surgery?
Following your preliminary assessment, Dr. Rotenberg will provide you with a complete list of instructions to help you prepare for nose surgery. Here are a few things you should do to prepare ahead of time:
• Stock your fridge with foods that are easy to digest and eat (you may feel nauseous in the days after your surgery)
• Do your laundry – particularly your sheets because you will be bedridden for a number of days post surgery
• Ensure you have button down shirts available to reduce the risk of damaging your nose by putting on and taking off shirts over your head
• Stay hydrated at all times
• Take a shower the night before the surgery to remove all makeup and skincare products.
• Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly liberally following the surgery because your lips will be extremely dry
• You will need to arrange to have someone drive you to your surgery
• Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery
Is rhinoplasty an outpatient or inpatient procedure?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You may need a few extra hours post-op for observation, but you most likely won’t have to stay overnight. You will not be able to drive yourself, so ensure you have someone to take you to and from your appointment.
Can filler be used for non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Several fillers including hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite can be used for non-surgical rhinoplasty. These are labelled under major brand names like Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse® respectively. Dr. Rotenberg will, at times, use these for touch up procedures after a major rhinoplasty, and some patients may even use them before surgery.
Will fixing a deviated septum stop snoring?
In some cases, septoplasty surgery (correcting a deviated septum) can reduce snoring, but is unlikely to stop it altogether. Dr. Rotenberg does surgery specific for snoring as well (see www.sleepsurgeon.ca) and can discuss this with you during your consultation.
Is rhinoplasty a permanent procedure?
Rhinoplasty is permanent in the sense that as long as your facial features are fully developed, then your nose won’t change shape on its own. That being said, the nose and skin will continue to change over time as you age, and so sometimes a revision rhinoplasty is desired years after the original surgery.
If you’re considering facial surgery, for functional or cosmetic reasons, London, Ontario’s Dr. Brian Rotenberg has the skills, experience and reputation to successfully complete the procedure. A nose job is more common than you may think and the end result can produce satisfaction and confidence. To learn more about how Dr. Rotenberg can help you with a nose bump or nose reshaping, book a consultation today.