Rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries. This is understandable as the nose plays a central role in facial balance, harmony and aesthetics. Patients most commonly seek straightening of a crooked nose, reduction of a bump on the bridge of the nose, or refinement of the nasal tip. Additionally, patients may suffer from nasal airway obstruction due to problems such as a deviated septum and desire improvement in nasal airflow. Taking into consideration both the cosmetic and functional goals and combining this with the technically challenging nature of nasal surgery, rhinoplasty is considered one of the most challenging operations in plastic surgery.
I first became enamoured with rhinoplasty surgery during my plastic surgery residency training in the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. This prestigious residency program is world renowned for both training in cosmetic surgery and rhinoplasty. Each year, hundreds of surgeons come from around the world to attend the annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery and Rhinoplasty Symposia to learn more about cosmetic surgery. I have been invited to lecture at both of these educational symposia.
Earlier this year, I became one of only a few rhinoplasty surgeons in Toronto to become a member of the worldwide Rhinoplasty Society. The Rhinoplasty Society consists of top surgeons throughout the world who specialize in rhinoplasty. These surgeons must go through an extensive vetting process in order to be part of this nonprofit organization. Members are considered innovators in their field and deeply committed to aesthetic and reconstructive nasal surgery. One of the criteria for membership is that surgeons must perform at least 30 nasal surgeries per year. Given my significant experience performing rhinoplasty and numerous journal articles and book chapters that I have authored, I was accepted as a member after the minimum requirement of 2 years of practice.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga and Toronto, I perform over 50 cosmetic rhinoplasty and reconstructive nasal surgeries per year on patients from Ontario and throughout Canada. Typically, my rhinoplasty patients desire a natural appearance to their nose and to change their nose so that it better fits their face. Recognizing this, I take into consideration many different factors including facial shape, gender, ethnicity and skin quality when planning rhinoplasty for my patients. My goal is to customize rhinoplasty surgery for my patients so that the resulting nose will complement and enhance their facial appearance while looking like the nose they should have been born with. The results speak for themselves.