Welcome to this website, created by Dr. Mark Samaha, an otolaryngologist-head & neck surgeon practicing facial plastic surgery in Montreal, Canada.
The Goal of This Website
The goal of this website is to provide clear, honest, and objective information about rhinoplasty. We believe that informed patients are better equipped to make the best personal decision regarding nasal surgery. In addition, informed patients may initiate and facilitate a dialogue with their surgeon. This dialogue ensures that both patient and surgeon have similar goals that will lead to a positive experience and a pleasing result for the patient.
Throughout the website, you will have the opportunity to obtain extensive information about all aspects of rhinoplasty surgery, including basic information on nasal anatomy, techniques of rhinoplasty, selecting a surgeon, the consultation process, computer imaging, cost, anesthesia, and risks or complications. Should you require further information, you may contact us through this website and we will be glad to answer your inquiry.
Rhinoplasty surgery is the most complex and intricate of any esthetic procedure. It requires a great deal of finesse on the part of the surgeon to obtain a good result. Only an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon can easily modify the detailed anatomy of the nose and anticipate the result following the lengthy period the nose needs to heal after surgery.
Rhinoplasty is a very commonly performed procedure, for both men and women. In the hands of an expert rhinoplasty surgeon, it carries a high chance of success and can lead to a very satisfying experience and positive outcome for the patient.
Definition and Terminology of Nasal Surgery
“Rhino” is the Greek word for nose, and “plasty” comes from the Greek word “plastikos”, which means to mold or shape. Rhinoplasty therefore refers to nasal surgery which aims to modify the shape of the nose.
Septoplasty refers to a commonly performed surgery to relieve breathing problems caused by a deviated septum, the wall dividing the two sides of the nose. The procedure straightens a deviated nasal septum inside of the nose. This usually does not alter the appearance of the nose, except in certain instances (see The Anatomy of The Nose).
Septorhinoplasty means a rhinoplasty where the nasal septum is straightened. Among surgeons, the two terms “rhinoplasty” and “septorhinoplasty” are often used interchangeably because rhinoplasty is often accompanied by a component of septal surgery.
Form, Function, or Both?
The functions of the nose are to filter, clean, and humidify the air we breathe. This is an extremely important function, which has an impact on our breathing comfort as we carry out usual daily activities, when we sleep, or during exercise. The nose is unlike many other areas of the body where esthetic surgery is performed, because its form and function are very intimately linked. Consequently, it is important that the rhinoplasty surgeon be mindful of the alterations being made to the esthetics of the nose and ensures that these modifications do not interfere with its function.
Dr. Samaha is specialized in facial plastic surgery. He is experienced in all types of nasal surgery. In addition to his extensive experience in esthetic rhinoplasty, Dr. Samaha also performs hundreds of procedures per year for functional nasal problems related to breathing difficulties as well as reconstructive nasal surgeries. As such, he combines his abilities and experience as an esthetic surgeon with his knowledge of the function of the nose to create for each patient an esthetically appealing nose that also breathes well.