When it comes to surgery of the nose, there is just one question that the discerning patient needs answered… “Does this surgeon dabble in nasal surgery, or does he specialize in it, performing hundreds of cosmetic rhinoplasties a year, for the last many years?”
Welcome to British Columbia’s most comprehensive source of information on nose job surgery. Board certified Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi is a rhinoplasty expert and has extensive experience performing cosmetic nasal surgery over the last 20 years.
Dr. Buonassisi and his team are passionate about patient education and have developed a massive resource section, possibly Canada’s largest, to help you evaluate if nose job surgery might be right for you. We encourage you to:
Step 1: Please take advantage of our complementary pre consultation which includes the option for an expedited review of your photos. Our team will answer all of your questions including the cost of surgery, possible surgery dates, and what to expect from recovery. Then you can decide if you are ready to meet Dr. Buonassisi in person for a computer imaging consultation.
Step 2: Your computer imaging consultation with Dr. Buonassisi is by far the most important part of the rhinoplasty process. This is where you explain what you are hoping for and where Dr. Buonassisi shows you with computer imaging which is realistically possible with surgery. Dr. Buonassisi is extremely nice and easy to talk to – but most importantly is famous for his upfront approach during consultations. He uses computer imaging as a communication tool to help explain what can be achieved and sets realistic expectations about your surgery.
Most patients take 1 – 2 weeks away from the public, depending on their lifestyle and type of work. Here are some helpful tips for planning your time away after surgery.
This isn’t a decision to rush. Take time to research surgeons carefully. Take into consideration public appearances, holidays or commitments you have in the future. Surgery can be booked months in advance, so you’ll be able to get your timing just right. Communicate your schedule with our team so we can do our very best to schedule you accordingly. We are here to help!
Pain is easily managed with prescriptions that Dr. Buonassisi will write for you. You will experience swelling and bruising in the first week of recovery, which is at its peak 3 days after surgery. You will have a cast on your nose for seven days. Patients are usually feeling well enough to do light work from home a few days after surgery, but avoid going out in public because of their appearance. Having said that, if you aren’t phased by your bruising and swelling, you are encouraged to get out for a light walk. It feels so good to get out.
Your cast is removed 1 week after surgery and although you will still be swollen on cast removal day. you will be able to see an exciting glimpse of your new nose. During the second week, you can expect most of the swelling and bruising to dissipated. If it’s very important all signs of surgery are gone before you make your public debut, however, you may want to wait another week – just to be on the safe side. Ninety-five per cent of patients see all of their bruising disappear by two weeks post op.
Keep in mind, it may take six months to a year for your final result to settle in.
While you’ll be feeling back to your old self sooner, please follow your pre and post operative instructions and refrain from strenuous physical activity (like heavy weight training) until Dr. Buonassisi says its safe, usually 4 weeks after surgery. It’s also important to protect your nose from injury, so this won’t be the right time to take up boxing!
Contact us today at 604 733 1669 to schedule your appointments. Our team of patient care managers will be happy to answer all your questions and help you navigate the process.