A Nose for Change

After the eyes, the nose is the defining feature of the face. People tend not to notice it if everything is even and balanced, but they really notice things such as a bulbous tip, a bump on the bridge, or an unsymmetrical shape. And people who have a nose that they aren’t happy with don’t like seeing it in the mirror every morning.

Why put up with that? Make changes to your nose with nose surgery from Dr. Perron. With extensive experience with this delicate cosmetic (or functional) procedure, Dr. Perron customizes your reshaping surgery to complement your features.

Should you have nose surgery?

Really, anyone unhappy with his or her nose is a good candidate for nose surgery, formally known as rhinoplasty. Whether it is congenital or the result of an injury makes no difference. Here are some things to consider.

  • Your nose appears too large compared to your face
  • When viewed in profile, there is a bump on the bridge
  • The tip of your nose droops or is enlarged
  • Your nostrils are overly flared

The surgery

Prior to making a decision whether to have this procedure, you will consult with Dr. Perron about your potential nose surgery. You should look at our “Before-and-After Galleries” to find noses that are similar to yours. Also, we’ll use our digital photography and computer simulation tools to show you what your new nose will look like on your face.

The actual surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Perron prefers the “closed” method of rhinoplasty, meaning the incisions will be made within the nose. The skin is lifted off of the underlying bone and cartilage, which is then shaped and sculpted. Once this is completed, the skin is redraped and the nose is taped with steristrips and covered with a molded plastic splint to provide support.

The closed method is not always the best option. In these instances, the “open” method is used, where the incision is made on the columella, the strip of skin between your nostrils. This creates an almost invisible scar.


Recovery after nose surgery is not a piece of cake. You’ll need to lay low for a full week, with your splint in place on your nose. In this time, your bruising should run its course. Over the next six weeks, your swelling should decrease up to 80%, but you must be patient as swelling can return for months, especially after a full day on your feet.

If you’d like to change some features of your nose, please call Dr. Perron at (403) 228-7076 to schedule a consultation for rhinoplasty.