What You Need to Know About Rhinoplasty

September 15 2014

If you’re thinking about having rhinoplasty, sometimes called a “nose job,” done, there are some things you need to know in order to boost the odds that you’re thrilled with the results. Your plastic surgeon will work with you closely to be sure that your expectations and ideas are discussed, considered and implemented. Before you schedule your surgery, here are some considerations to keep in mind

Be Realistic

Cosmetic surgeons can do a lot, but they can’t completely change the way you look by performing rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will consider your whole face when planning your procedure. Some noses will not look good with your facial structure, and your surgeon is the one who can help you determine whether or not you are being realistic.

Also, remember that nothing about the human body, including the nose, is perfect. You might have a slightly asymmetrical face, or you might have a little bump on your nose. This is to be expected, even after rhinoplasty.

Be Prepared for the Pain and After Care

Rhinoplasty is not a walk in the park by any means! Most patients feel that the end result justifies the means, but you will experience some painful moments. As long as you stick to the regimen prescribed by your surgeon, you should be able to keep your pain under control, but all of the meds can make you a bit shaky or nauseous, so be aware and prepared for this possibility.

You’ll have dressings on and in your nose immediately after the surgery, and what you see when you wake up is not by any means what you’ll end up with, as far as appearance goes! Be aware that you will not be able to wear your glasses for several weeks after the surgery, and that you will find breathing through your nose difficult at best in the first days, weeks or even months.

Talk at length with your surgeon about what to expect after your rhinoplasty so that you aren’t shocked at your appearance or your limitations during the healing time.

You Might Be Surprised By the Results

After living with a nose that made you feel less-than-attractive for so long, you might think that you will immediately fall in love with your new nose. The truth is, you might feel a bit detached from your own reflection for a while, because your brain needs a bit of time to catch up to your new appearance.

Also, some patients are surprised that their friends and acquaintances don’t notice that they’ve had rhinoplasty. It’s human nature to worry more about your own appearance than someone else’s, and it’s very possible that people who are somewhat close to you might not even realize that you’ve had plastic surgery.

Altogether, rhinoplasty is more advanced than ever. The results possible may exceed your dreams, and chances are great that you will be thrilled with your new nose once the healing process is completed.

Give us a call if you have any questions about your upcoming procedure. It’s important to us that your questions and concerns are addressed in advance of your surgical appointment.

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