Rhinoplasty is an operation that reshapes and enhances the nose to create a more desired appearance, while concurrently working to improve nasal function. Rhinoplasty is a one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. Dr. Demianczuk has extensive experience in nasal surgery, as he performs both reconstructive, cosmetic and post cancer reconstruction of the nose. He is a leading rhinoplasty surgeon in Vancouver. Dr. Demianczuk has had additional training in both primary and revision rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Demianczuk will work with each patient to create an individualized surgical plan that not only results in a beautiful nose, but also one that addresses and maintains nasal function.
The Surgical Experience
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a nose splint and will experience bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. Once the bandages and splint are removed, the nose will look normal, but swollen, and it may take longer for the bruising to subside completely. It can take up to a full year for the nose to gain its final contour and softness.
Rhinoplasty is a tailored surgery, thus the cost will vary depending on the aesthetic goals of the patient, as well as any functional corrections that need to be made. Some procedures will involve just the bone while others will involve cartilage reconstruction. On average, patients can expect to pay between $5,000-$15,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a visible scar?
There are two main methods to perform a rhinoplasty – Open or Closed.
Many surgeons prefer the open rhinoplasty approach during nose surgery because they can gain a better view and better access to the inside of the nose. In this approach, the incision using this approach is made under the nose on the skin between the nostrils. Once the incision is made, the skin is moved back to allow access to the internal structures. The incision lines, which heal nicely leaving scars barely visible, are fairly small and usually measure between 2-3 mm. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incision is not visible after surgery because it is made on the inside of the nose. The closed rhinoplasty technique is used on noses that have features that are easily corrected. It is commonly used when the tip of the nose has good shape and is not too long, too wide, over or under projected.
Will the nose be broken?
About half of rhinoplasty patients will benefit from a manual nasal fracture during surgery. This planned break allows access to perform certain functions during surgery such as narrowing the width of the nose or correcting an asymmetrical nose. This is a common practice and heals within just a few weeks following surgery.
Will there be packing?
Nasal packing is the insertion of gauze and/or cotton packs into the nasal chamber after surgery. These are used to control bleeding, but are not necessary 100% of the time. They are generally used if the surgery includes the septum.
Is Surgery my only option?
Noses that are too large or too wide, or have a specific deformity may only be able to be enhanced through nose surgery. However, the look of some noses may be able to be enhanced using an injectable filler such as collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, or fat taken from another part of the body. “Injection rhinoplasty” may be an option before resorting to surgery. This is an in-office procedure that can help to soften or camouflage a bump, alter the tip of the nose, and smooth out irregularities.
Schedule your consultation
To find out how rhinoplasty procedure can help you meet your goals, contact Dr. Demianczuk.