Rhinoplasty Surgery (Nose Surgery)

Dr. Kristina Zakhary makes Rhinoplasty a large focus of her practice in Calgary and Edmonton. Rhinoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as a Nose Job, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed by facial plastic Surgeons. Dr. Zakhary has extensive training and expertise in both cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgery.


Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery performed on the nose, and is one of the top-requested procedures, given that your nose is the central part on your face, so its size and shape affect your appearance. Nasal surgery can reduce the size, reshape or augment the size of a person's nose, to create pleasant facial harmony and boost self esteem. Dr. Zakhary has extensive training and expertise in both cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgery.

What is Primary Rhinoplasty?

When choosing nose surgery for the first time, it’s referred to as primary. Thus, primary rhinoplasty is nose reshaping surgery performed on a nose which has never been operated on before for aesthetic purposes.

On the contrary, when people undergo nose surgery to improve breathing will typically have what’s known as a septoplasty. This procedure to straighten and clear nasal passages deals with the central bone and cartilage that make up the septum. If combining this functional improvement with visible, aesthetic changes, then it will be termed, “septorhinoplasty.”

No matter how simple or complex the procedure, rhinoplasty surgery needs excellent skill and precision to get the best possible results.

Pre, During, Post

Pre Rhinoplasty Surgery

During your consultation with Dr. Zakhary, she will discuss your desired changes with you, and then evaluate your nasal structure and assess your breathing. She will determine if you have a deviated septum, nasal allergies, or any structural deformities of the nose.

Rhinoplasty Surgery

Dr. Zakhary performs a "min-dissection" rhinoplasty technique in which tiny incisions and minimum surgery are used to attain the maximum results and minimum swelling. Scars are hidden and will fade away in time. Nasal cartilages are reshaped and excess bones and cartilage is gently removed in order to preserve the nasal support and breathing function.

Post Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty surgery is generally a well-tolerated and painless procedure. Many patients experience minimal discomfort after surgery, and Dr. Zakhary always offers pain medication if needed to help in the first few days after surgery. In all cases, Dr. Zakhary will provide a prescription along with instructions to help you in your recovery stage.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rhinoplasty Surgery

What happens to nose jobs as you age?

As you age, your skin becomes less elastic and your face may change shape. Contrary to popular belief, the nose does not continue to grow as we age, but rather the tip will most likely sag, which can make the nose look droopy or accentuate a dorsal hump. In this case, you may wish to have a rhinoplasty to lift and shape the tip or remove a dorsal hump. Aging is not the main reason to have a rhinoplasty surgery. Most rhinoplasty patients wish to have rhinoplasty surgery to reduce a dorsal hump or refine and shape the nasal tip.

Should I undergo a rhinoplasty?

Individuals who may benefit from a rhinoplasty include those who have a nose that is out of proportion with the rest of the face, have a wide or round nasal tip, droopy and/or long nasal tip, or have a crooked nose from natural asymmetry or trauma.

It is important to remember that ultimately, cosmetic surgery should be considered a personal decision: do it for yourself and not to please others, you should have realistic expectations for improvement and not perfection, and should be discussed with a qualified surgeon.

Who is not eligible for rhinoplasty?

Children under the age of 18 are not eligible for rhinoplasty. Additionally, those with medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding disorders, autoimmune disease, or an active infection are not typically eligible for the procedure either. It is also very important to have good psychological health and reasonable expectations.

How is rhinoplasty surgery performed?

Dr. Zakhary performs a Closed Mini Dissection Rhinoplasty in which surgery is performed by making small incisions inside the nose, where they cannot be seen. Your surgeon will then separate the skin from the underlying cartilage and bone in the required areas, reshape the cartilage and bone, and may also use cartilage or other graft material to add support and definition to the nose. At the end, the incisions are closed. Tapes and a splint is placed on the nose reduce swelling of the nose during the healing process.

What results can you expect from rhinoplasty?

The results of rhinoplasty vary depending on the individual, but generally, the surgery can improve the appearance of your nose, alter its size and shape, narrow its bridge, reduce the size of your nostrils, and improve the overall symmetry of your face.

In some cases, it be performed with Septoplasty surgery if needed, which can also improve breathing problems caused by structural defects inside the nose.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

While rhinoplasty is, as a whole, a safe procedure, it does carry a few risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, numbness, asymmetry, and risk of revision surgery (minor tweaks to improve the result).

Other risks include anesthesia risks, changes in sensation, and difficulty breathing.

What is a safe age for rhinoplasty?

Patients should be at least 17-18 years of age before undergoing rhinoplasty, although 18 is more widely considered the general cut-off for younger patients unless there is a medical or psychological benefit to performing the procedure early.

It is important to note that age is not the only factor to consider when determining whether or not you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Your overall health, physical maturity, and emotional readiness should also be taken into consideration.

What is the best time of year to get a nose job?

The best time of year to get a nose job is typically whenever you have the time to rest during your recovery so that it will be easier for you in the healing process.

However, at the end of the day, you should always consult with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to determine the best timing for your individual nose job.

How many hours does a nose job take?

The duration of a nose job can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. On average, the surgery can take between two and four hours.

Is rhinoplasty covered by Alberta Health Care?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure and so it is not covered by Alberta Health Care. However, if you’re in need of a septoplasty procedure to correct a deviated septum, then the Septoplasty procedure may be covered by Alberta Health Care.

Can you get a free nose job in Canada?

Cosmetic surgery procedures are generally not covered by provincial health insurance plans, meaning they are usually charged out of pocket. At Dr. Zakhary Rhinoplasty and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we offer flexible financing plans to help make your rhinoplasty affordable and accessible.

Dr. Kristina Zakhary

Calgary’s Top Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgeon, with over 20 years of experience specializing in facial surgery

Accredited by both the Canadian and American Boards of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Performed 1,000+ successful surgeries.

Our Reviews

I visited 3 plastic surgeons in Calgary, and none of them were willing to show me as many pictures as Dr Zakhary. She has done so many rhinoplasties. I chose her and I was not disappointed at all. I Highly recommend this doctor if you are looking to get a rhinoplasty.
Dr. Zakhary is an amazing doctor who boosted my confidence immensely. I can never thank her enough for the amazing job she's done on my rhinoplasty and submental liposuction. I am so grateful to have had a doctor as caring, ethical, gifted and supportive. Thank you thank you Dr. Zakhary you are such an angel.
I had wanted a nose job since I first noticed my side profile. From our first online consultation due to COVID, Dr. Zakhary was friendly, genuine and extremely knowledgeable. I could not be happier with the care, and I’m excited to see what it looks like in the end! I recommend Dr. Zakhary to anyone who wants a genuine, honest and kind surgeon taking care of you.
I have had troubles breathing for awhile now because of my deviated septum. Dr. Zakhary gave me my options, one of which included surgery. The first thing I noticed after I came out from the general anaesthesia was my breathing!
Dr Zakhary helped me through a very difficult time. I recently had a rhinoplasty complication that allowed my body to reject the implant that was inserted during my initial rhinoplasty procedure done overseas (in Asia) in June 2019. Long story short, Dr Zakhary was able to remove the implant flawlessly.. I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Dr Zakhary and her team!
My husband had a septoplasty surgery there, at Dr. Zakhary's clinic. He was a bit nervous about the treatment at the beginning. However, after the initial meeting with the doctor, he was eager to proceed as soonest. Dr. Kristina was very helpful before, during and after the surgery. We both were hugely impressed with her knowledgeable and supportive attitudes towards patient
I had a rhinoplasty two years ago. The follow-up period was a bit difficult, however, it didn't last long. I am happy with my new nose so much. It looks naturally and functions well. I feel better, more beautiful and confident after the surgery. I do recommend Dr. Zakhary to everyone who considers rhinoplasty or other facial surgery.
I'm very happy with my rhinoplasty surgery results. I have enjoyed caring and compassionate attitude from Dr.Zakhary and the whole staff. My after surgery period took less time than I thought it could. I'm really satisfied with the end results.
I felt great and easy working with Dr.Zakhary and her staff on my nose surgery. I believe that undergoing a rhinoplasty in her office was a wise choice. My nose looks natural and fits my face really well. The surgeon did the best job for my nose. Thank you, Dr.Zakhary!
I had a rhinoplasty done and I am glad I chose to go to Dr.Zakhary. From the start she was friendly and knowledgeable, and she told me everything straight up, including the risks. After the surgery, they checked up on me often ensuring I’m healing well. Now, a year later, I am in absolute love with my nose. It was the best decision was to get it done with Dr. Zakhary. It’s just like I wanted!

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