While there is no upper age limit for having rhinoplasty, patients may be advised to wait until they are 14–15 (when the nose is fully developed) before considering undergoing this Toronto plastic surgery procedure.

Sometimes breathing problems related to the internal nasal structure can be corrected at the same time as nasal reshaping. It is important to have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look. You should also remember that there are some limitations to cosmetic nasal surgery.

We may ask whether you have difficulty breathing through your nose, suffer from allergies or use nasal sprays excessively.


In evaluating you for rhinoplasty, we will examine your nose both internally and externally. Skin quality as well as the size and shape of your nose must be carefully studied. Sometimes, chin augmentation may be suggested so that a more harmonious facial balance can be achieved. With rhinoplasty, work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the structure of your nose. Sometimes, certain bones may need to be altered in order to make your nose look narrower and straighter.

If your nose needs to be augmented, this can be accomplished using cartilage from your nose or cartilage from another part of the body such as ribs. The skin and soft tissues will re-position themselves over the new form of your nose.


In most cases, the incisions will be placed inside your nose so they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small pieces of skin below the nostrils are removed.

When external incisions are recommended, they are placed in well-hidden areas such as the columella region, the crease where the nose and cheek join or where the nose and the lip join.


Skin numbness after rhinoplasty may occur, but is usually temporary. Occasionally, extra surgery may be necessary to refine the result.

Most bruising diminishes after a week. You may use concealing makeup if you wish. Swelling can last a number of weeks or months, though it usually just affects the nasal tip

Other side effects include temporary swelling, bruising around eyes and nose. Headaches as well as some bleeding and stiffness may also be experienced.


Risks include infection, small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots, and incomplete improvement which may require additional surgery.


You should be back to work within 1 to 2 weeks.

More strenuous activities can be resumed within 2 to 3 weeks.

Avoid hitting nose or excessive exposure to sun for 8 weeks

Final appearance will evolve over 1 year or more

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Patients can receive a number of sophisticated facial enhancement treatments at Dr. Hong’s North York and Toronto plastic surgery offices. Throughout his long distinguished professional life, Dr. Hong has assisted many eyelid surgeryotoplasty and Toronto facelift patients in improving their facial profiles, thanks to these and other procedures. Besides facial procedures, Dr. Hong is acclaimed for his superior skills as a Toronto breast augmentation surgeon.

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