Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery in Vancouver

Do you have a large, prominent or disproportionate nose?
Bring harmony to your face with nose restructuring and reshaping.

Everyone wants a smooth, well-shaped nose that works in balance with the rest of the face. Feeling self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose can negatively affect your self-esteem – and significant structural irregularities can cause breathing and sleeping problems, poor sleep, chronic bad breath, and even affect your ability to smell and taste.

At False Creek Healthcare, we perform rhinoplasty at our modern Vancouver facility to reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the nostril span, or adjust the angle between your nose and upper lip. Rhinoplasty (commonly known as a “nose job”) can also help to correct birth defects and injuries, or to relieve certain breathing problems.

Before RhinoplastyRhinoplasty surgery can be performed to meet aesthetic goals or for reconstructive purposes to correct birth defects or breathing problems.
After RhinoplastyAfter surgery, the patient has a straighter bridge, a well defined nasal tip, and an improved angle between the nose and upper lip.

What happens during rhinoplasty?

After a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, your physician will choose an incision based on the type of reshaping you require. Most commonly, your plastic surgeon will make incisions inside and at the base of the nose. These incisions are tiny and usually become invisible once they’re healed. Parts of the nasal septum may also be removed. Most rhinoplasty or “nose job” procedures only take a few hours under light general anesthesia, so you can return home the same day with a light dressing and splint over your nose.

Remove humpThe surgeon removes a hump using a chisel or a rasp, then brings the nasal bones together to form a narrower bridge.Cartilage is trimmed to reshape the tip of the nose.
Decrease nostril widthIf the nostrils are too wide, the surgeon can remove small wedges of skin from their base, bringing them closer together.
Trim septumTrimming the septum improves the angle between the nose and upper lip.
Improve nasal airwayTo improve the nasal airway,the shape or position of the septum may be altered. Or, the deviated portion of the septum may be partially removed.
After RhinoplastyA splint made of tape and an overlay of plastic, metal, or plaster is applied to help the bone and cartilage of the nose maintain their new shape.

Potential rhinoplasty benefits

  • Remove nasal humps, bumps or bends
  • Narrow overly wide nostrils
  • Better nose shape & facial balance
  • Prominent nose tip is minimized
  • Better angle between nose & upper lip
  • Improve breathing, air flow & sense of smell
  • Higher self-confidence and self-esteem

Rhinoplasty recovery

You will need to wear the nasal splint for a week after the rhinoplasty procedure. Soft nasal packing may also be required, and will be removed after 3-5 days. You will likely experience some discomfort for the first 48-72 hours, which can easily be controlled with medication. After 7-10 days, swelling and bruising will subside and you should be able to return to work and normal activities. Any final swelling may take up to six months to resolve.

Rhinoplasty results

Your “nose job” will be precisely customized to ensure you receive a carefully re-designed nose that enhances your face. Your surgeon will consider your face shape, profile, physical features, and cosmetic goals to give you a more harmonious appearance that can boost your confidence.

Preparing for rhinoplasty

Your physician will provide detailed instructions to ensure that you are properly prepared for rhinoplasty. You will also receive guidelines on whether you need to avoid certain medications or supplements before and after your treatment.

Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

During a one-on-one consultation, our physicians will determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for rhinoplasty or nose reshaping. Typically, good candidates are non-smokers who have:

  • Good health and a stable body weight
  • Realistic expectations for the procedure
  • A desire for improvement, not perfection
  • Cosmetic issues that affect self-esteem
  • Significant nasal irregularities
  • Large, misshapen or prominent noses
  • Breathing and/or sleeping issues
  • Reduced ability to smell and taste

Why have rhinoplasty at False Creek Healthcare?

Our renowned board-certified plastic surgeons have successfully performed rhinoplasty for more than a decade. Each and every one of our physicians has years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Rhinoplasty is one of the more complex aesthetic surgery procedures and requires surgeons to have precision and extensive experience. Our modern facility and patient-centered philosophy will ensure you have a positive, rewarding experience at every turn. Let us help you regain your confidence and achieve the look you desire.

Next Steps

If you’re ready to explore your cosmetic and surgical needs with our board-certified plastic surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation, your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your aesthetic goals
  • Potential risks and complications