A New Nose for a New Year

All of us have issues with our body or our appearance that we’re not happy with, but we can’t do much about. If you have narrow shoulders. If you’re shorter or taller than you’d like. If you have fair skin that gets hammered by the sun. Stuff like that.

But if you don’t like your nose, you have the ability to change it with Dr. Frank.

Nose surgery is clinically known as rhinoplasty and it can be used to change the shape or balance of your nose, or to improve its function.

Experienced with a long-performed procedure

Rhinoplasty was one of the original cosmetic procedures. The first closed rhinoplasty was performed in 1887 by an American ENT surgeon named Dr. John Orlando Roe. It’s hard to find statistics for our first Canadian nose surgery, but it probably was not long afterwards. Since those bygone days, improvements in surgical technology have made this procedure even better for changing the shape and size of the nose, or for repairing or correcting any deformities that disrupt normal function of the nasal pathway.

But nose surgery isn’t something to be taken lightly. The surgery is very complex and Dr. Frank has extensive experience with these procedures. His Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons status attests to his training and expertise.

Nose surgery removes, rearranges, or reshapes the bone or cartilage of the nose to correct irregularities. As one of the main focal points of the face, the nose has a big impact on how people see themselves.

Deciding on your new nose

 During your consultation with Dr. Frank, you will discuss how you want to change your nose. The more specific and realistic your expectations the better, and this should include some research on your part.

The procedure

Due to the length of the surgery, general anesthesia is used for Dr. Frank’s nose surgeries. He uses an “open” approach for procedures where more change is the goal. This is the method where the incisions are created across the tissue between the patient’s nostrils. It allows more significant changes to things such as overall nose size. If the goal is to reduce the nose size or shape, or to straighten it, the skin covering the underlying bone and cartilage will be separated, allowing the cartilage and bone to be reshaped. Once this has been done, the skin is then re-draped over the surface. Flared nostrils can be narrowed by creating an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip.

If the situation is right, Dr. Frank uses the “closed” method where all incisions are made within the nose itself. This method is used when smaller refinements are needed. It’s not right for more dramatic changes in the nose shape.

Life’s too short to live with a nose you hate seeing in the mirror every morning. Call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 and schedule a consultation for rhinoplasty.

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