Rhinoplasty

Nose reshaping, otherwise known as a nose job or rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure done to to reshape and restore the nose in order to improve its function. Through rhinoplasty, the size and shape of the nose and nostrils are manipulated to create an overall better appearance and facial harmony. A nose job can narrow the nasal bridge, widen or narrow the nostrils, straighten a crooked nose, reshape the nasal tip and alter the angle between the nose and the upper lip.

Who is a good candidate for a nose job?

A nose job changes the aesthetic appearance of the nose. If you have a wide nose or a large dorsal hump, a nasal tip that droops, an enlarged nose or a nose that is too small in comparison to the rest of your facial features these factors will make you eligible for rhinoplasty. Furthermore, noses that are crooked, off-centre or asymmetrical can benefit from nose reshaping surgery. Anyone who has experienced nasal trauma like being hit during a sports game is also a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

Moreover, you must be in overall good health in order to undergo this procedure. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit at least two weeks before your procedure. Smoking hinders the body’s natural healing process and it’s important that you remain smoke free as you heal from your surgery.

Your surgeon will need a detailed list of any medications you are currently taking and they will also review your medical history. In doing so, this allows them to determine if you are a good candidate for nose reshaping surgery.

What is recovery like after a nose reshaping procedure?

After your nose reshaping surgery you will need to take time to recoup. You will experience swelling and bruising in the area and around the eyes. This is a normal side effect of nasal reshaping surgery and these symptoms will resolve themselves on their own. Some people also report skin numbness after undergoing a nose job but this should subside in a day or two. Nasal splints may be inserted during surgery to protect the septum. Your surgeon will remove the splint after about a week. You will probably feel stuffed as if you have a cold or allergies in the first week following your procedure. This is another normal side effect of a nose job and usually disappears as the healing begins.

Ideally, you should take two weeks off work. However, everyone heals differently and some people are able to return to work after one week. Also, your surgeon will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics (if needed) to help control pain. Do not take any medications that were not cleared by or prescribed by your doctor. Finally, do not perform any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least three weeks after your rhinoplasty procedure. All the same, you can go for light walks during your recovery period to stimulate blood flow and stay active.

What to look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon

There is only one recognized body of plastic surgeons in Canada, the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). You will need to find a surgeon who is recognized by CSAPS and board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Besides the aforementioned credentials, you must feel that you can trust your surgeon. Establishing a rapport is important and your surgeon should make you feel at ease as you prepare to undergo your surgery.

Here are three questions you can ask potential surgeons to help you decide if you want them performing your nose job:

1. Where did you complete your training?

2. How many rhinoplasty procedures have you done?

3. How long have you been a practicing surgeon?

Neck Lift

A neck lift, or platysmaplasty, is a surgical procedure done to remove excess fat and skin from under the neck. It also tightens the platysma muscle and removes abnormal contours from the area. The platysma is a thin layer of muscle found on each side of the neck. Separated by two distinct sides down the middle, the platysma is linked to connective tissue fibres and overlying skin. Due to the effects of aging, the environment and heredity, the skin in our necks can lose elasticity causing the platysma to weaken. This comes in the form of a double chin, fatty jowls, sagging skin, turkey neck and unpleasant neck bands that look like chords. A neck lift can correct these neck issues and rejuvenate your appearance.

Who is a good candidate for a neck lift?

Individuals with loose or sagging skin on their neck (turkey neck) are ideal candidates for a neck lift. Also, people with the following neck issues are ideal neck lift candidates; deep horizontal bands or creases, displaced fat pockets and multiple chins regardless of being at a healthy weight. A neck lift is equally beneficial to those who have lost a significant amount of weight. Extreme weight loss can leave the skin in their neck saggy and unsightly.

Your surgeon will assess your overall health to determine your candidacy. People who undergo neck lifts must possess some degree of skin elasticity and be in general good health. Smokers will be required to quit at least two weeks prior to surgery and remain smoke free as they heal. Smoking interferes with the body’s natural healing process and can increase the risk of infection.

What does the recovery period following a neck lift look like?

Following a neck lift procedure, you should rest. Most people take 10-14 days off work in order to ensure ample healing time. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics (if necessary) to help you deal with any post-surgery discomfort. Do not take any medication that was not cleared by your doctor.

Exercise can only be resumed after three weeks. However, you can engage in some light walking as you heal to keep you from being too sedentary. Everyone heals at their own pace so if you feel that three weeks isn’t enough time to fully recover then do not attempt to exercise until you’re ready.

What to look for in this type of surgeon

There is only recognized body of plastic surgeons in the country, CSAPS. Your surgeon must be a member of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) and certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Likewise, a surgeon must possess ample experience in performing neck lifts and make you feel at ease when you meet them. Establishing trust with your surgeon is important and if they do not have a decent bedside manner then you shouldn’t allow them to operate on you.

Here are three questions to ask potential surgeons to give you a sense of who they are and their skill level:

1. Where did you do your training?

2. How long have you been a practicing surgeon?

3. How many neck lift procedures have you completed?

Facelift

A facelift, otherwise known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure done to reverse the signs of aging. After a facelift, the skin appears more youthful and taut because the underlying muscles of the face have been tightened. Additionally, a facelift can create more aesthetically pleasing contours in the cheeks and improve facial structure that has been affected by time and the elements.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift procedure?

People with loose skin on the face and neck but still have enough skin elasticity (to allow for the new facial contours to conform to the rest of the facial structure) are good candidates for a facelift. Facelifts can be performed on men and women alike as long as they are in overall good health. There is no age limit for undergoing a facelift; however, most surgeons will not perform this procedure on people who aren’t in their mature stage of life. You will also need to possess a strong bone structure to give your new facial contours support. If you lack sufficient bone structure, facial implants can be inserted along with the facelift procedure to give the appearance of more defined cheekbones.

Moreover, ideal facelift candidates are non-smokers. Smoking hinders our body’s natural healing process and if you do smoke, you will need to stop at least two weeks before your procedure. You will also need to remain smoke free as your recover to allow your body to receive ample oxygen.

Finally, you will also need to discuss your medical history with your surgeon and he/she will use that information to determine if you are a candidate for a facelift.

What is the recovery process from a facelift like?

There is a degree of discomfort caused by the swelling and bruising that appears following a facelift. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics (if needed) to help deal with these symptoms. These symptoms will subside in time and are no cause for concern.

In the first week following your procedure, you should rest and avoid strenuous activities. You can, however, partake in some light walking to stimulate blood flow. Furthermore, you cannot get your face wet but can use cool compresses on your eyes to provide relief. You will also need to sleep with your head elevated and avoid anywhere where there is excess heat or steam such as a sauna, hot tub, pool, shower or bath.

Many people return to work two weeks after their facelift, depending on if the swelling and bruising has completely subsided. Each person heals differently so it’s important to listen to your body (and your surgeon) to determine when you can go back to work. The same goes for exercise. Most people take at least six weeks following their facelift to undertake strenuous workouts.

As for makeup, you will need to wait until your surgeon gives you the full approval. They will evaluate your skin as you heal in order to determine when you can start wearing makeup again. You will also be required to stay out of the sun as you heal and wear sunscreen every time you leave the house.

What to look for in a facelift surgeon

There is only one recognized professional body of plastic surgeons in Canada, the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). Besides being recognized by CSAPS, the surgeon you choose to do your facelift must be board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Likewise, a good surgeon will make you feel at ease and establish a level of trust with you.

1. How long have you been practicing?

2. Where did you do your training?

3. How many facelift procedures have you performed?

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, scientifically referred to as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure done to correct sagging, droopy eyelids and create a rejuvenated appearance. Under eye bags are also addressed during this surgery as blepharoplasty encompasses the correction of all issues involving the lower and upper eyelid. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity causing excessive skin to collect on our eyelids. Gravity and genetics also play a role in our appearance and some people are plagued by hooding of the upper eyelids that is so bad it affects their vision.

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be performed on men and women who are 35 and older. However, if sagging, droopy eyelids are genetic and effect you at a younger age, impairing your vision, you surgeon may decide to let you undergo this procedure. If you are in overall good health but have bulges of skin in the upper or lower eyelids, you are a good candidate for this procedure.

If you smoke you will need to quit at least two weeks prior to your eyelid surgery. Smoking hinders our body’s natural healing process by denying oxygen intake to the brain. You will also need to keep from smoking as you recover from your procedure to ensure optimal healing.

Finally, when you meet with your surgeon for an initial consultation, they will ask that you reveal any medications you are taking and your health history. This will also help them determine if you are an ideal candidate.

What does recovery from blepharoplasty entail?

Immediately following your eyelid surgery, you will need to take it easy. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers and, in some cases, antibiotics. It’s important that you only take what was prescribed/cleared by your doctor to treat your discomfort.

During the first week after your blepharoplasty procedure the area will be sore and tender. You can use a cold compress to help bring down the swelling and bruising. Light walking is allowed to ensure that you don’t remain completely sedentary as you recover. After about two weeks most people report that they are able to return to their normal activities and at this point you can resume wearing eye makeup.

Some people find that they are sensitive to light in the week following their procedure or experience irritated or dry eyes. Should this occur, contact your surgeon immediately so he/she can prescribe eye drops to help alleviate these symptoms.

What to look for in a surgeon

The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only recognized body in the country. Your surgeon must adhere to their strict code of ethics and conduct and also be board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Besides certification, schooling and experience you must feel comfortable with your surgeon. You should have a good rapport with your surgeon and trust them.

There are three important questions you need to ask potential surgeons to see if they’re capable of performing your eyelid surgery:

1. Where did you complete your training?

2. How many eyelid surgeries have you done?

3. How long have you been in practice?

Eyebrow Lift

An eyebrow lift, scientifically referred to as coronoplasty, is a surgical procedure that restores the eyebrows to a more youthful position. During this procedure, excess skin and fat deposits that have collected along the brows, are excised. Deep furrows and and unnatural contours that produce a worried look can also be treated with an eyebrow lift.

Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

The aging process can cause wrinkle lines along the forehead that create a look of anger or worry no matter which emotion you are trying to convey. Furthermore, our skin loses it’s elasticity and our eyebrows droop making us look less alert and older than we actually are. Anyone who experiences the aforementioned issues is a good candidate for an eyebrow lift.

Candidacy for an eyebrow lift is also determined by your overall health. When you meet with your surgeon, they will review your medical history and make sure your body can handle this surgical procedure. Additionally, smoking will need to be ceased at least two weeks before your surgery. You must also remain smoke free during the recovery process to ensure that your body receives enough oxygen.

What the recovery from an eyebrow lift entail?

You will be tired following your surgery and it’s important that you rest. Painkillers and in some cases, antibiotics, will be prescribed by your doctor to help you deal with any discomfort you may experience post-surgery. Do not take any medications that you did not previously clear with your doctor because even some over-the-counter drugs can interfere with the body’s natural healing process. You will not be able to wash your face until two days after your surgery but then you can resume showering as usual.

Bruising and swelling is common following a coronoplasty but it usually subsides after a few days. Most people are able to return to work after a week. Some patients experience a tightness in the area as they heal and this too will fade over time.

Exercise like light walking around the house is important in the first two weeks following your surgery. After two weeks you can start incorporating more strenuous movements into your workout. After four weeks you can workout as you normally would.

What to look for in a coronoplasty surgeon

The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only body recognized in the country. Your coronoplasty surgeon must be a member of CSAPS and board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Likewise, your surgeon must be experienced and trustworthy.

There are three questions you can ask potential surgeons to see if they are a good fit for your procedure:

1. How many eyebrow lifts have you performed?

2. Where did complete your training?

3. How many years have you been in practice?