Unfortunately, some people have cosmetic deformities in their nose after a trauma or an accident. This is often due to a nasal fracture that has not been set properly or it can also be due to the normal healing process of the nose following a trauma or accident. A Rhinoplasty can be used to restore the symmetry of your nose. In some circumstances, the cost of this procedure can be covered by one’s Ontario Health Care plan so be sure to discuss the circumstances of your trauma or accident with Dr James P. Bonaparte.
What is a Rhinoplasty?
A Rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to correct and improve features of the nose with the primary goal of achieving harmony between the nose and other facial structures. There are many methods used to perform a Rhinoplasty, however most involve surgery. Please book a consultation with Dr James P. Bonaparte to see if surgery is right for you.
What Issues can be Corrected with a Rhinoplasty?
There are many potential concerns people have about their nose. Nearly all of these issues can be improved or repaired with a Rhinoplasty. Most commonly, people are concerned about a bump on their nose. Some people are worried that their nose looks too big for their face. Others are concerned that their nose has a droopy tip or looks “hook like.” Others feel their nose is too wide or even have a nose that is too pointy. Some notice that their nose looks crooked. All of these issues can be repaired by Dr James P. Bonaparte. Book a consultation to see if Rhinoplasty is right for you.
Dr James P. Bonaparte’s Philosophy
Considered to be an art into itself, the Rhinoplasty melds surgical skill with an artistic mind. No two noses are alike, nor are the same two noses judged equally by all. The communication and planning involved in a Rhinoplasty is crucial in determining what you want to achieve. Dr James P. Bonaparte believes in communication though words and images to ensure the changes desired are understood by both the patient and the surgeon. Dr James P. Bonaparte’s main goal is to create subtle changes in order to balance the whole face, similar to the way a skilled painter brings the face to life in a portrait. A well performed Rhinoplasty will move a person’s viewpoint of your face from the nose back to your eyes, where their focus should be.
Although Rhinoplasty is often performed for cosmetic reasons, it can also be done alongside a surgery in order to improve a person’s breathing. Dr James P. Bonaparte is able to utilize his talent and experience to achieve harmony of both aesthesis and function all in one surgery.
What is the Typical Recovery Period of a Rhinoplasty?
Although everyone is different, typically a Rhinoplasty results in very little pain. This pain may be present for up to 1 week in most people. Some people may notice nasal congestion for up to two weeks after the surgery. In some cases, bruising may occur around the eyes that can last on average 1 to 2 weeks, although this is variable and does not always occur.
After the surgery, you will have a cast on your nose that stays in place for 7 days. Once the cast is removed your nose will swell and this is a normal occurrence. People are often concerned about the swelling however in the vast majority of cases a large amount of swelling resolves itself over a course of a couple weeks. The more subtle swelling continues to resolve itself for up to 1 year. People should expect to see dramatic improvements by 4 to 6 months and the final result will be achieved about 1 year after surgery.
A very common question patients have is whether nasal splints are used. Nasal splints are used by many traditional Rhinoplasty surgeons. Dr Bonaparte recently completed one of the largest research studies assessing the use of nasal splints in patients who require a Rhinoplasty and noted that splints achieve nothing other than more pain after the surgery (The Laryngoscope, 2013). As a result of this, Dr Bonaparte very rarely uses nasal splints. This helps to significantly reduce the pain and discomfort of your procedure without any additional risk to you.
Dr James P. Bonaparte offers computerized digital imaging to all of his Rhinoplasty patients. This involves having professional photographs taken of your face and nose and making adjustments together at a computer workstation. Dr James P. Bonaparte, also a visual artist, has extensive knowledge of computer software and thus has the ability to use this as a key communication tool. Often times, the changes we desire are difficult to put into words. Dr James P. Bonaparte’s philosophy regarding digital imaging is that it is a tool for communication. It helps to both individualize the treatment and to achieve a mutual understanding so no concerns are overlooked. Please book a consultation to see if digital imaging is right for you.
Dr James P. Bonaparte’s Background and Experience
Dr James P. Bonaparte performs surgeries of the head and neck only. He is considered an expert in all aspects of nasal surgery, both cosmetic and functional. He teaches Rhinoplasty techniques to other physicians and surgical residents in Ottawa. He is considered to be an expert in surgery designed to improve breathing through the nose. As a result of this, Dr James P. Bonaparte has the skills and ability to treat both the external cosmetic concerns as well as the internal breathing issues of the nose.
In the past, Dr James P. Bonaparte was mentored by one of North America’s most experienced facial plastic surgeons, Dr David Ellis. During this time, Dr James P. Bonaparte received the Chris Conrad award which is given to a young surgeon who distinguishes themselves in the field of Facial Plastic Surgery. In addition to this, Dr Bonaparte has had the opportunity to work with another of North America’s best Rhinoplasty surgeons, Dr. Peter Adamson.