Rhinoplasty modifies the structure of the nose to improve its appearance and can also correct structural defects that are the source of breathing problems. Through this surgical intervention, your nose will look natural and will harmonize with your face thanks to the skills of Dr. Bergeron, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon with a subspeciality in craniofacial surgery.

Dr. Bergeron not only has expertise in cosmetic surgery, but he also specializes in the treatment of nose fractures and in nose reconstruction for patients with birth defects or cancer. His expertise in nasal surgery allows him to use a wide range of surgical techniques not offered by other specialists.

“Note: These photos are published for information purposes only in order to provide information on the nature of the intervention. In no way should they be considered a guarantee of results.”

 

 Rhinoplasty can:

  • Reduce a nasal hump
  • Thin the tip of the nose
  • Straighten a nose
  • Make a nose smaller
  • Reduce nostrils that are too wide
  • Define the bridge of the nose by the insertion of a nasal implant (see the “Asian Rhinoplasty” section)

During your consultation, you will be able to look at pictures of patients who had rhinoplasty to give you an idea of the nose you want. Note that Dr. Bergeron does not use software because it is impossible to reproduce a computerized image of a nose. A rhinoplasty is a complex intervention requiring an artistic analysis of each patient and a great deal of precision during execution, two elements that no software can simulate, but which must be taken into account during surgery.

At your appointment, it will be important to tell Dr. Bergeron if you have allergies that affect your breathing or if you have trouble inhaling so that he can correct your nasal septum.

Intervention

Some nose surgeries can be performed under local anaesthesia (for example, to correct the tip of the nose or to insert an implant during Asian rhinoplasty), but the majority require general anaesthesia. Because rhinoplasty requires a good deal of detail work to ensure that the nose will be symmetrical and will harmonize perfectly with the face, it is not performed under local anaesthesia except for the two above-mentioned cases. Beware of doctors who tell you otherwise. It is possible that they are not plastic surgeons.

Depending on the complexity of the intervention, the operation will take 1½ to 2½ hours. The incisions are made inside the nose and will therefore not be visible.

Convalescence

 

  • A metal splint will be placed on the nose and will remain there for 7 days. Tape will remain on the nose for an additional week.
  • To reduce swelling, it will be recommended to keep the head elevated at a 30º angle at all times for 2 weeks (it will be necessary to sleep in a semi-upright position).
  • A postoperative appointment will take place 5 to 10 days after the surgery.
  • Results will be visible in the second week. However, there could be very minor swelling at the tip of the nose for 1 year.
  • You can return to work 1 week after the surgery (2 weeks for people working with the public).
  • Wait 3 weeks before engaging in cardiovascular activities, 4 weeks for sports activities and 6 weeks for contact sports.