Rhinoplasty or nose surgery can improve the appearance and proportion of your nose. Individuals considering undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure, also known as nose reshaping, should have a clear idea of the results that they want, understand the recovery process and that the surgery has limitations.
Here we list 5 things a patient needs to know before a Rhinoplasty:
1. Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty is an essential first step when planning the procedure because rhinoplasty is one of the most complex and challenging procedures a facial plastic surgeon can perform and the doctor’s skills, experience and training needs to be at very high level in order to achieve excellent results. Make sure your doctor is has Board Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or Plastic Surgery, and training focused in rhinoplasty. Check before and after photos and make sure you relate with the surgeon’s artistic style and vision. Ask for patient testimonials, it’s always good to learn how previous patients perceived their experience and how satisfied with their results they are.
2. Recovery Time
Although the time it takes to recover from a rhinoplasty can vary from patient to patient it typically takes 7-10 days to look good enough to go back to work or normal social activities. Bruising around the eyes usually fades within a week although noticeable swelling may last for several weeks. Stitches and packing are removed three to seven days after surgery. Usually by 4 months most of the swelling will go away, but it may take a full year, or longer in some cases, for all the swelling to resolve and for the final result to be achieved. Fortunately, this final swelling is usually only noticed by the plastic surgeon and patient.
3. Trust your Surgeon
Once you have done your research and found the right plastic surgeon you will have to trust your doctor and be prepared to revise your original plan. It’s fine to show pictures of noses you like, but keep in mind that all surgeons have to work within the framework of your nose. Although you may desire a specific style, a nose that looks great on someone else may not look good on you. Try to keep in mind that you are going for improvement, not perfection.
Recovering from any facial plastic surgery procedure is never easy. The discomfort after a rhinoplasty surgery is generally minimal and can be easily controlled with pain medication. The typical side effects of rhinoplasty include mild pain, congestion, numbness and blood tinged discharge for 48-72 hours after the surgery.
5. Revision Surgery
Revision surgery is sometimes necessary to touch up a minor imperfection, when the patient is not satisfied with the results or the first rhinoplasty procedure caused a structural problem or the nose did not heal as expected, but the risk of complex revision surgery is only justified for repairing a poorly breathing or misshapen nose.
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