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As a facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Richard A. Rival is often asked about rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, from both Toronto patients and other surgeons alike. Most patients have similar questions, so Dr. Rival has compiled the most common ones on this page.

If you have additional questions about nose surgery at our Toronto facility, please request a consultation online. You can also call Dr. Rival's office at 1-866-229-FACE to schedule an appointment at 1 of our 3 locations.

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Dr. Rival is a facial plastic surgeon whose results are a testament to his experience and technique. Browse our photo gallery to see more of Dr. Rival's actual patients.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Frequent Questions


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The shape of my nose has bothered me for years. How do I know if I'm a good candidate for a nose job?

As with any surgical procedure, it's important that you are in good general health. Additionally, it's important that you want to change the look of your nose for yourself and not because of pressure from friends or family. You should also understand that while rhinoplasty can improve the shape of your nose, the results may not match your idea of a perfect nose.

What's the best type of rhinoplasty, open or closed?

Either approach can be a good option for a certain patient. The decision should be based on an examination of the nose and the specific goals of the surgery. Dr. Rival offers both types of nose surgery and can make a recommendation based on your needs. An open procedure is usually used for more extensive changes, and it involves an incision on the outside of the nose, across the skin between the nostrils. The closed approach uses scars within the nose.

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Because he is a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Rival maintains a specialty website all about the rhinoplasty procedure. Visit for more detailed information on nose surgery.

Dr. Richard Rival

Dr. Rival

Board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, Dr. Rival devotes his practice exclusively to enhancement of the face and neck, with a focused specialty in rhinoplasty.

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What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

Nose surgery is a highly safe procedure, but, as with any surgery, there are some risks. The most common complications are infection, excessive bleeding, and a bad reaction to anesthesia. These are extremely rare, but Dr. Rival's patients are encouraged to contact him and his medical team at any time with questions or concerns. There is also the risk that patients may be unhappy with their results. Dr. Rival is a specialist in rhinoplasty, though, and often performs revision rhinoplasty cases when patients are unsatisfied by previous surgeries they got elsewhere. Getting a procedure from such a highly experienced professional helps to ensure patient satisfaction.

I'm having some problems breathing and would like to undergo functional rhinoplasty. Is it possible to improve the appearance of my nose at the same time?

Yes, it is quite common to make cosmetic changes during functional rhinoplasty, that is, nose surgery to correct a structural problem that is impacting your breathing. Dr. Rival can discuss your cosmetic goals with you during your rhinoplasty consultation.

What is non-surgical rhinoplasty? Is it a good substitute for surgery?

The procedure called non-surgical rhinoplasty uses dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, and Restylane® to reshape your nose without surgery. Someone who wants a minor modification to the shape of their nose and doesn't mind returning for additional treatments might consider fillers a good substitute for surgery. Non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot reduce the size of a nose, nor can it improve functional issues, such as a deviated septum. In those cases, a traditional rhinoplasty procedure is recommended.

Is there a minimum age for getting rhinoplasty?

There is no specific age that is too young for rhinoplasty. Depending on your physical and emotional development, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. Generally, the minimum age for girls to undergo the procedure is about 14 or 15, while boys should usually wait a few more years. It's important that the nose is fully developed before undergoing surgery, but the procedure is common among people in their late teens on up.

Is chin augmentation something I can have done at the same time as rhinoplasty?

Changing the nose's shape can have an impact on your other facial features. I sometimes recommend that my patients undergo chin augmentation or an eyelid lift, for example, during their rhinoplasty. The final decision rests with you.

How can I prepare for rhinoplasty?

After you and Dr. Rival have discussed your expectations, he will give you detailed preoperative care instructions. It's important to follow these directions closely. It's recommended that you stop taking certain medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which may cause bleeding problems after your surgery. Quitting smoking well in advance of your procedure is important, as well, as smoking can inhibit healing.

What will the recovery be like?

You will experience some minor pain for the first few days after your surgery, but this is easily managed with medications. You should avoid activity for about a week and expect swelling to fade slowly over the course of several weeks. Some swelling may present for up to a year. For details, visit our Rhinoplasty Recovery page.

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