Rhinoplasty in Toronto is one of the leading facial cosmetic surgeries. Men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds inquire about the transformative possibilities with nasal reshaping at Solomon Facial Plastic. Dr. Phillip Solomon’s specialty is Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology-ENT) Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Both medical and cosmetic training is critical for advanced rhinoplasty techniques.
When planning a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, he sees patients as often as they wish to answer questions and ensure they’re confident with their plan. The following is a list of some more frequently asked questions and answers provided by Dr. Solomon. It should not be taken as medical advice, but educational. For personal feedback about your nose, please schedule a one-on-one consultation.
1. Why is rhinoplasty in Toronto performed differently with different surgeons?
For your nose job, it’s recommended that you meet with only a Royal College certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon who has the high-level expertise to ensure optimal results. Among those, if you meet with more than one, there may be differences in their recommended surgical plans.
There are two primary methods used to perform rhinoplasty in Toronto: Open and closed. The open technique requires a small incision between the nostrils (columella) and involves lifting the skin off underlying tissue to restructure. This approach allows the best exposure for intricate work. Potential disadvantages include more swelling after surgery, a small scar, and potentially more extended downtime.
Closed Rhinoplasty surgery uses incisions inside of the nasal passages. Changes to nasal structures are made with specialized tools and can achieve excellent results in experienced hands. You’ll find that various surgeons have a preferred method.
I offer both Rhinoplasty techniques, and decide on a case by case basis which method to use. For a severely crooked nose, revision Rhinoplasty, or complicated nasal tip surgery, I will prefer open access, and where reduction of a bump or width of the nose is desired, I’ll choose closed. Please talk with your surgeon about their preference and what results they aim to achieve.
2. Can you make my nose appear Caucasian?
Though there is great variation among European noses, generally this request comes from a desire to see a more defined bridge and narrower nasal base. In general, Asian and African American noses have low bridges and broader nasal base or nostril flare. Patients with a weaker nasal tip and thicker skin often ask for tip refinement.
Dr. Solomon has extensive experience working with ethnic rhinoplasty in Toronto. He understands how outcomes are best achieved when proportion and harmony for the whole face are considered. Over-operating on a black nose can ruin the natural attractiveness and balance of features. That’s why when asked for a Caucasian nose, Dr. Solomon asks detailed questions and performs an in-depth assessment to discern what the precise, individual nasal tissue enhancements are to make the patient very happy and still look like themselves.
3. If I sneeze after my rhinoplasty, will I damage my nose?
Your nose may be “blocked” for a few days after rhinoplasty. It’s normal to expect a feeling of congestion as delicate nasal tissue is swollen in the first week. Allergies can be managed with antihistamines or nasal steroids if necessary, before surgery. For those diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, the nose may feel extra stuffy after rhinoplasty. Generally, a saline solution is sufficient to keep the patient comfortable and activity restrictions designed to minimize facial swelling help. Pressure in the face could lead to bleeding and discomfort, so you’ll be advised to avoid blowing your nose and avoid sneezing. If you must, try to sneeze with your mouth open or tickle the roof of your mouth with your tongue to stave off the sneeze.
4. What medications are safe to take after rhinoplasty in Toronto?
Luckily, rhinoplasty surgery isn’t considered to be very painful. You’ll be provided with a prescription for pain medication after surgery, but many patients find they don’t need it. For those who have drug allergies, alternative analgesics can be prescribed.
You need to ask your surgeon if you plan to take anything. Whether a vitamin, allergy treatment or Advil, many otherwise safe substances can pose an increased risk of bleeding after surgery.
5. When do Toronto rhinoplasty surgeons use ear cartilage to repair the nose?
Cartilage is sometimes grafted into the nose when too much was removed during a previous nasal surgery or when more support and structure is needed to improve the shape. Nasal septal cartilage is relatively plentiful and generally the first choice if the material is required.
Revision rhinoplasty surgery often means that tissue has been removed before, and tough scarring may be present. In that circumstance, ear cartilage can be considered for grafting material. Cartilage is also harvested from ribs when necessary.
6. When can you play sports again after a nose job?
Rhinoplasty is certainly a popular procedure among young, active people. Patients should have the realistic expectation that more strenuous activities will be on pause after a nose job.
Dr. Solomon advises against aerobic exercises and heavy lifting for at least 4 weeks after surgery. That’s due to increased blood pressure that can cause unwanted bleeding. After the initial restriction phase, light fitness and cardio can be resumed, however, you’ll need to protect your face in situations where you may accidentally be hit or bumped.
The best way to avoid an accidental hit from a puck, ball or stick is to steer clear.
Dr. Phillip Solomon sees many patients who ski, play hockey, participate in martial arts or swimming. They’re usually advised to take 6 months off, ensuring the nose is strong. This may feel restrictive but minimizing risks and protecting your investment will be worth it in the long run. Ideally, sports that come with a high risk of nose breaks, like boxing, should be avoided entirely if you want to ensure lasting rhinoplasty results.
What’s the next step for people considering rhinoplasty?
If you’re interested in learning what a nose job could do for you, the next step is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon. You’ll have the chance to ask all your questions and get a personalized assessment with feedback. Dr. Solomon uses 3D imaging software and detailed explanations to cover all possible enhancement options. Whether you need a revision, breathing improvement, tip refinement, or any nasal reshaping, Dr. Solomon’s extensive experience and passion for facial surgery make him an ideal choice for rhinoplasty in Toronto.