Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty? By Nimit D on September 7, 2022

A bandage being placed on a woman’s noseRhinoplasty improves the shape and size of the nose, and it enhances the overall appearance of the face, making it one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available.

Rhinoplasty can address a wide range of issues with the nose but because it is a surgical procedure, patients must meet certain criteria to be considered good candidates.

Dr. Peter Brownrigg determines which patients are ideal rhinoplasty candidates during consultations at his Ottawa, ON, practice. To find out if you’re a candidate for rhinoplasty, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

What Makes an Ideal Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Most people who decide to undergo rhinoplasty do so because they want to change the appearance of their nose. Others may seek rhinoplasty when internal structures of the nose interfere with breathing.

Regardless of the cause, ideal Ottawa candidates generally include those who fit the following criteria.

In Good General Health

Those wishing to undergo rhinoplasty must be in good general health to limit the risk of complications during or after surgery. 

Patients with certain conditions, like uncontrolled diabetes, may not be good candidates for rhinoplasty as their health can make tolerating surgery difficult and impede recovery times.


Ideally, patients seeking rhinoplasty should be non-smokers or have quit smoking well in advance of surgery.

Smoking can slow the healing process, potentially leading to a longer recovery which can also increase the risk of infection. 

Have Realistic Expectations

Candidates for rhinoplasty should have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve and what changes can be made to their nose.

Each patient’s anatomy is unique and partially dictates how the nose can be reshaped. Patients need to keep this in mind when discussing their desired results with their surgeon.

The Nose Has Finished Growing

It is important that the nose is done growing before undergoing rhinoplasty. This is not an issue for adult rhinoplasty patients, but teenagers who seek this surgery should be in their late teens and choose to undergo the procedure without being pressured by friends or family.

Issues Treated with Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can address many issues people may have with the appearance of the nose, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look.

In addition to being in good health and meeting other candidacy criteria, people who are unhappy with their nose due to one or more of the following issues may be good candidates for rhinoplasty:

  • A nose that seems too big in relation to the rest of the facial features
  • A wide nose
  • A nose with a bulbous tip
  • A crooked or off-center nose
  • Nostrils appear pinched
  • Nostrils flare out too much
  • A bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Drooping or protruding nasal tip
  • Breathing issues due to the internal structure of the nose
  • A deviated septum
  • Asymmetrical nose caused by injury

Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you would like to change the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty may be right for you. To find out if you're a good candidate for rhinoplasty, please call our Ottawa practice at (613) 706-6718 to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Brownrigg

Dr. Peter Brownrigg

Dr. Brownrigg has focused on facial plastic surgery since 1984. He is affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Has acted as the Canadian Region Vice President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Has acted as the treasurer and president of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ontario Medical Association

For more information about the services we offer, contact our office online or call (613) 724-1214 today.

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