Some patients are surprised to find that following a rhinoplasty their smile seems different. Luckily, this is temporary and your smile should return back to normal as swelling subsides. The amount of swelling patients experience depends in part of the type of rhinoplasty performed, the extent of work done, and most importantly the technique of the surgeon.
Therefore, it is extremely important to choose a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in nasal surgery. When it comes to Toronto rhinoplasty, Dr. Solomon is renowned as a rhinoplasty expert in the area. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience and a wealth of expertise, his techniques are highly meticulous in order to provide optimal results and the most comfortable recovery possible.
Following a rhinoplasty, there are a few things that can happen that can impact your smile. If most of the work done was around the base of the nose, or at the bottom of the columella, the resulting swelling in the area can often cause the top lip to drop temporarily. As a result, patients may find that their top lip does not go up as much as it used to when they smile, making it look forced and unnatural. The good news is, that as the swelling subsides over the weeks following the procedure, the lip will slowly return to its normal position.
In surgeries where the tip of the nose is brought up and elevated, the upper lip may appear longer as a result. However, in this case too, once swelling subsides your smile should return back to normal.
Often patients who undergo rhinoplasty in Toronto find that the lips and smile may seem different after a rhinoplasty. This is because sometimes, when extensive work is done, the muscles that are responsible for pulling up the upper lip when you smile, are temporarily weakened. However, in this event as well, the lip and smile will return back to normal as the healing process continues in the early months following the procedure.
In some cases, there may be material placed in between the nostrils during surgery to provide support to the tip of the nose. This is usually a cartilage graft, which serves as a supportive column. In rare cases, a complication may occur where the graft slips forward and down towards the lip. When this happens, the smile will be altered as a result. However, this is a very rare occurrence, and can be easily corrected with a minor touch up procedure if needed.
In some cases, when a septorhinoplasty is performed, the muscle fibres between the base of the nose and the upper lip are separated to allow the tip of the nose to heal without being pulled downward.
In these cases, patients may find that the upper lip does not rise up properly as a result and covers the gums and upper teeth when they smile. Luckily, over the weeks following surgery the muscle fibres should grow back together, allowing the smile to return to normal.
In rare cases where patients find their smile still hasn’t returned to normal up to a year following rhinoplasty, it should be re evaluated by the performing surgeon in order to determine and rectify the underlying issue.
At Dr. Solomon’s Nasal and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, he uses advanced computer imaging techniques that allow patients to preview what their potential results will look like following rhinoplasty in Toronto. As a result, patients can hopefully avoid disappointment stemming from unrealistic expectations.
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