Rhinoplasty

Nose Surgery Recovery Timeline

While very rewarding for our patients from Calgary and the surrounding areas, nose surgery involves a fairly difficult recovery. There’s no way around it due to the tissue trauma created by this surgery. Your eyes will probably blacken. You’ll have swelling come and go (usually in the evenings) for weeks. You’ll need some patience.

But all of that will be rewarded. Rhinoplasty is one of our most rewarding procedures, correcting features about their nose that our patients have hated their entire life.

Here’s a timeline of what you can expect after this procedure.

  • 1 week — Dr. Frank will remove your splint, and you can go out. But you’ll likely have some bruising that will need covering.
  • 2 weeks — Your bruising should have resolved, as should most of your swelling. But swelling will return at night at times.
  • 4 weeks — You can return to cardiovascular activities such as running, swimming, and cycling.
  • 6 weeks — Your bones should be stable by this point. You can put glasses back on, blow your nose lightly, and return to resistance/weight workouts.
  • 3-6 months — Any residual numbness and abnormal sensations in your nose and the nasal skin should be resolved.
  • 1 year -1.5 years — Healing is complete.

We know, that sounds like a long time, but this area of your face involves sensitive, thin tissues. You can speed your healing, to a degree, by doing some of these things:

  • Don’t rush it — Your body will let you know if you’re pushing things.
  • Keep your head elevated — You cannot sleep on your side. This will increase your bruising and swelling, and it can displace your repaired nose. You’ll need to sleep upright for 6 weeks. Use two pillows or a foam wedge.
  • Cold compresses — Use a cold compress for the first three days after your surgery, but don’t apply it to your nose. Apply it to your cheeks so that you don’t shift any bones or cartilage.
  • Get your rest — Rest is good for healing.
  • Eat good foods — Your body likes good foods, so lose the junk during your recovery…and beyond maybe.
  • Stay cool — Heat is not good for your recovery. Don’t take steamy showers.
  • Don’t get in a sauna — Don’t eat a bunch of hot soup. Heat increases your swelling.
  • Don’t blow your nose — You can’t blow your nose for 6 weeks. Try to use a saline nasal spray to gently moisturize your nasal passages until the swelling goes down.

Follow these tips and your recovery after rhinoplasty can beat the timelines listed above. If you’re interested in nose surgery, please call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 to schedule a consultation.

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.

A Nose for Change

Rhinoplasty Calgary, AB CanadaAfter the eyes, the nose is the defining feature of the face. People tend not to notice it if everything is even and balanced, but they really notice things such as a bulbous tip, a knob on the bridge, or an unsymmetrical shape. And people who have a nose that they aren’t happy with see it looking back at them every morning in the mirror.

Why put up with that? Get that nose you’d like to have with nose surgery from Dr. Frank. Dr. Frank customizes your reshaping surgery to complement your features, and he has a long list of happy Calgary patients who’ve benefitted from his surgical expertise.

Should you have nose surgery?

Really, anyone unhappy with his or her nose is a good candidate for nose surgery, known as rhinoplasty. Whether it is congenital or the result of an injury makes no difference. Here are some things to consider.

  • Your nose appears too large compared to your face
  • When viewed in profile, there is a bump on the bridge
  • The tip of your nose droops or is enlarged
  • Your nostrils are overly flared

The surgery

Prior to even deciding on surgery, you will consult with Dr. Frank about your potential nose surgery.

The actual surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Frank matches the method used to the patient. In open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. All the skin and cartilage are then lifted up off the underlying structure. In closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made within the nose. The skin is lifted off of the underlying bone and cartilage, which is then shaped and sculpted. With either method, once the changes are complete, Dr. Frank redrapes the skin and the nose is taped with steristrips and covered with a molded plastic splint to provide support.

Recovery

Recovery is not fast with nose surgery. You’ll need to lay low for a full week, with your splint in place on your nose. In this time, your bruising should run its course. Over the next six weeks, your swelling should decrease up to 80%, but you must be patient.

If you’d like to get a nose you like seeing every morning in the mirror, please call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 to set up a consultation for rhinoplasty.

A Primer on Everything Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Calgary, CAIt’s easy to think that today’s aesthetic surgeries are new, reliant on technology, and in some cases such as endoscopic brow lifts that is true. But other procedures have been around for a long time. Rhinoplasty is one of those.

The first recorded nose-enhancement surgery can be traced back to ancient times in Egypt and India. Fast forward to 2018, nose surgery, clinically known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries. Some patients want to aesthetically improve the appearance of their nose while others want to correct deformities brought about by trauma.

Dr. Frank has been helping Calgary patients like the nose they see every morning when they look in the mirror. Nose surgery is a very satisfying procedure.

What’s involved?

Whatever your reasons for wanting rhinoplasty, below is a run-through of everything involved with the procedure:

  • Rhinoplasty with Dr. Frank is more than just about altering the size and shape of your nose. Dr. Frank will consider all of these factors — your overall facial balance, nasal support, skin elasticity, ethnicity, and medical history.
  • A good cosmetic outcome from rhinoplasty is not solely dependent on the skills of your surgeon but also the patient’s healing response, which may be influenced by the state of his or her health and lifestyle habits such as smoking.
  • Rhinoplasty can be performed via the open or closed approach. In an open rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilage and surrounding bone structure are exposed, while a closed approach keeps them untouched and unexposed because the incisions are made inside the nose.
  • It’s not uncommon to be disappointed with the appearance of your nose following surgery. The significant amount of swelling post-surgery will be unappealing. You need patience at this time.

Whether it’s a droopy nasal tip or a variety humps and bumps that are bothering you, we’d love to help you review your nose-enhancement options. Call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 to make a consultation for rhinoplasty.

What to Do After Your Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty CalgaryWhether your nose surgery was for cosmetic or functional reasons, the goal is to recover as soon as possible without complications. Dr. Frank knows that a successful recovery is a critical component of your overall rhinoplasty experience. Patients want to see their final results as soon as possible, but patience is a virtue, especially with rhinoplasty recovery!

Your initial recovery will take two weeks or more, although you will have some residual swelling for a few weeks. This swelling can come and go for a few months, especially in the evening. Here are some tips for a successful, speedy recovery from this rewarding cosmetic procedure with Dr. Frank:

  • Limit facial muscle movements— This sounds obvious, but during your recovery you need to limit things such as laughing and smiling (only hang out with your more boring friends!). Be careful not to open your mouth too wide. Keep your nose from stretching too much or from being hit. Opt for food that is easy to chew; postpone having foods like steak that require more chewing.
  • Protect your nose from the sun— Unprotected sun exposure can cause permanent discoloration in your nose after rhinoplasty. Apply 30+ spf sunscreen and wear protective clothing. You don’t want “a little sun,” your nose doesn’t want any. This seems easy if you have your procedure during a Calgary winter, but even if you’re up skiing protect your nose with sunscreen.
  • Choose the right clothes— During recovery, choose clothes that won’t possibly have physical contact with the nose area. Also, don’t wear sunglasses or reading glasses. If you need regular glasses tape them above your bridge. Avoid tops that must be pulled over your head, such as sweaters, t-shirts, or that Flames’ jersey. Button-up shirts are your best choice as you recover, as they minimize nose movement and possible bumping while dressing.
  • Keep the exercise light— You may be tempted to get back to hardcore exercise soon as a way to help deal with recovery, but you can’t. You need to opt for lighter workouts that restrict up-and-down movement. Also, don’t participate in sports that put you at risk of hitting your nose. Lastly, your nose will feel tender during recovery, which makes swimming, diving, and similar exercise a temporary no-no until you’re fully healed.

With patience and attention, gracefully recovering from rhinoplasty is not difficult. Dr. Frank will explain the best practices for your recovery, so that you will be pleased with your new nose for the rest of your life. Call us at (403) 245-1228 to schedule a consultation or with any questions you may have.

Thinking about Rhinoplasty? Here’s What you Need to Know!

rhinoplastyIf you’re unhappy with the size, shape, profile, or other characteristics of your nose, chances are you may have considered rhinoplasty. As you move toward your most confident decision, here are some details you want to know.

  • One of your most important decisions about rhinoplasty is choosing your surgeon. Technique is vital to an optimal outcome.
  • An experienced surgeon is one part of the whole. The end-result of rhinoplasty can also be affected by your genes! If cartilage and skin are weak, these factors can diminish what the most skilled surgeon can achieve.
  • Your nose is your nose. Yes, it’s good to have an idea, or even images, of noses you admire. However, your surgeon should take into account how your “ideal” would actually look on your face.
  • The intent of your experienced plastic surgeon is to create a nose that is at home on your face so the whole is enhanced.
  • The architecture of the nose can only be modified so much. Reshaping is a meticulous process that involves cartilage more often than skeletal structure.
  • Cartilage manipulation and removal also needs to be somewhat limited. Removing too much will affect the structural integrity of the whole, and may create a deformity. Ideally, skeletal support will be sustained or even reinforced. by proper shaping.
  • It is nearly impossible to achieve perfection with even the most painstaking rhinoplasty procedure. Insisting on this could lead to a great deal of disappointment.
  • In some cases, a minor revision surgery can be performed to put the finishing touches on a previous rhinoplasty. However, this is typically only done to improve breathing capabilities or shape. Rhinoplasty revisions are considerably more complex than the initial procedure, which is why it is vital to choose your surgeon with the utmost care.
  • Generally speaking, a young patient with firm cartilage, good health, and resilient skin should be able to achieve the desired outcome from rhinoplasty.
  • The final result from rhinoplasty can take months to fully appear. Expecting this can give you the patience you need to feel the most satisfied with your process.

Modern surgical techniques and the right structural and genetic makeup can add up to a beautiful rhinoplasty experience. To learn more about this procedure, call (403) 245-1228.

What are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

RhinoplastyToday, rhinoplasty (or “nose surgery”) is one of the most commonly-performed cosmetic procedures in the world. Rhinoplasty is usually performed to reshape, augment or reduce the size of one’s nose so that facial harmony is achieved. Additionally, it can help correct a broken nose or breathing problems.

Rhinoplasty, performed under general anesthesia, can be performed either for cosmetic or medical reasons. Either way, this procedure can provide a patient with many benefits – both aesthetic and medical. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important benefits of this procedure.

Top Benefits of Rhinoplasty

  1. It corrects breathing issues. Breathing issues are often linked to problems within the nose. Such issues can also cause a person to experience sleeping issues, like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes a person’s airways to close up, which can result in a number of other health issues. For some patients who suffer from these issues, corrective rhinoplasty may be an effective option. In these cases, corrective rhinoplasty helps redesign the nasal passages to significantly reduce breathing issues.
  2. It helps you feel more confident. This is perhaps the most obvious reason for undergoing the rhinoplasty procedure. Many people with larger or misshapen noses often feel self-conscious about their appearance. For these patients, cosmetic rhinoplasty can correct the appearance of the nose by correcting asymmetry and improving the nasal profile by removing unwanted bumps within the nose.
  3. It offers patients a quick recovery time. Most patients will be able to return to their normal routine within weeks of undergoing this procedure. There are few complications associated with rhinoplasty, and when a patient does experience these complications, they are generally mild. Some possible side-effects may include temporary puffiness, headaches, or swelling.

Despite the benefits of rhinoplasty, it may not be right for everyone. Ideal candidates for this procedure are over the age of 16, generally healthy, and non-smokers. Patients must also have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for them.

Rhinoplasty in Calgary

If you are interested in rhinoplasty, or would like to learn about any other procedures we offer, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Many Benefits of Rhinoplasty

rhinoplastyEven though many people consider rhinoplasty to be a cosmetic procedure, plastic surgery of the nose can also help to treat medical conditions involving the nose and sinuses. It can make breathing easier, and even reduce the frequency and severity of snoring. Keep reading to explore some of the many different functions rhinoplasty can serve.

How Plastic Surgery Can Help Your Nose

  • Cosmetic improvements: Rhinoplasty can help to reshape the nose and create symmetry across the face. Both the nose size and width can be reduced, and the nose’s profile can be straightened out. The tip of the nose can be modified and the size and shape of the nostrils can be changed.
  • Deviated septum: A deviated septum occurs when the bone and cartilage between the nasal cavity is displaced or crooked. This can cause a difference in the size of the breathing passages and in severe cases, can reduce airflow or completely block one half of the nose. A plastic surgeon can reset the septum and restore proper airflow, making breathing easier.
  • Post injury: After a broken nose, sometimes the nose becomes misshapen. This can lead to further complications, such as snoring, sleep apnea, and difficulty breathing. During rhinoplasty, a plastic surgeon can straighten out the nose and repair damage that may be making it difficult to breathe.
  • Snoring: Depending on the underlying cause of snoring, a plastic surgeon may be able to help. Through plastic surgery, snoring and the sleep apnea that is associated it with it can be reduced and potentially even eliminated.

Are You Unhappy With the Way Your Nose Looks? Call Dr. Ryan Frank to Schedule an Appointment Today.

If you are interested in rhinoplasty in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

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