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Rhinoplasty: Debunking the Myths

November 17, 2017

Rhinoplasty has a long and rich history and it is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed around the world. Yet somehow some myths continue to confuse patients.

Today we are going to set the record straight on the most common nose job myths!

Rhinoplasty surgery is quick and simple. While each patient and procedure is different, none of them are quick and simple. It is an intricate and complex surgery that requires a very skilled surgeon.  The procedure can take up to four hours. It is a common procedure, requiring precision and attention to detail. Rhinoplasty is not a routine surgery, every nose procedure is different based on the anatomy of the nose and desired outcome of the patient.

Any surgeon can perform Rhinoplasty. A board certified plastic surgeon is the only doctor that has the required training and experience to perform the intricate work needed and accomplish the outcome the patient wants, while retaining a natural appearance. A surgeon that is not skilled and experienced or does not have strong artistry will have trouble achieving the nose you want, and in cases like that, a second nose job, known as Revision Rhinoplasty is needed. Due to the prominence of your nose and the importance of your appearance, you want to ensure you have checked out your surgeon to determine their skill level and experience. Look at their work by asking for their before and after pictures to get a feel for the artistic skill they possess.

The results won’t last for long. A surgical Rhinoplasty is very long lasting. As you age, your nose will grow and change and revisions may be needed, however patients generally find their Rhinoplasty is very long lasting and they are content. The nonsurgical 5-Minute Nose Job lasts about two years and will need to be redone at that time. Each patient has to evaluate the cost, the outcomes possible and the longevity of the results to determine which approach is best for them.

I will have breathing problems after the procedure.  Most Rhinoplasty surgeries do not affect the patient’s breathing long term. During recovery, there is swelling and can be short term discomfort. Any issues with breathing that are long term, would need to be corrected with a revision procedure. This is not common when you are working with an experience surgeon.

Rhinoplasty is painful. The patient experiences no pain during the procedure, the anesthesia is very effective. After the procedure, there is some swelling and discomfort that is managed via pain medication. Most patients are surprised how quickly the pain resolves itself and they have no long term issues or concerns.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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