Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Overview

Nose surgery, medically called rhinoplasty, is a procedure that can re-shape and redefine your nose, and can also be beneficial for helping your nose function properly if there is a breathing obstruction. Rhinoplasty is the second most popular procedure performed in the United States. Nose surgery can be performed on adolescents as young as 15 and is a successful and common surgery for both men and women.

Your nose is the most prominent feature on your face; it defines your profile and balances the other features of your face. If you are self conscious about your nose, there is very little you can do to camouflage your perceived flaws. Nose surgery can correct bumps and humps, straighten a crooked nose, shorten a long nose tip, lengthen a pug nose, slim down a wide nose or widen the nostrils of a pinched nose.

Being embarrassed by the size or shape of your nose can be very upsetting for most people. Choosing to enhance your nose can also boost your self esteem giving you a new sense of confidence in your work, school, your social life and with your family.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in rhinoplasty, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Nose Surgery

Having realistic expectations about how your looks will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your social life or cure depression. Having nose surgery will help you look better. Being more attractive may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

There are many different techniques for rhinoplasty. There are also standard techniques and cutting edge procedures. Many surgeons have their own style and methods. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire and who has experience with facial surgery. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their procedures by looking at before-and-after pictures. Some surgeons also use computer imaging to help you see how your surgery may look. Keep in mind, computer imaging is an approximation and no surgeon can guarantee your results will look exactly like the image.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of nose surgery:

  • There is no such thing as a perfect nose. Make sure the surgeon listens closely to your desires for surgery. You may want to bring in pictures of noses you like.
  • Since the nose should be proportional, listen to your surgeon if they offer advice about size, width and length.
  • Your surgeon may also suggest a chin implant or cheek implants in combination with nose surgery or as an alternative to nose surgery to give your face the balance it needs.
  • Let your surgeon know if you have any problems breathing through your nose or if you experience unexplained nose bleeding.
  • Let your surgeon know of any medications, herbal treatments or vitamins you take, and make sure to get a list of products to avoid before and after your procedure.
  • If you are a singer or you use your voice professionally, you will want to discuss how rhinoplasty will affect vocal production and placement.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgery will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, your surgery, your recovery and your result.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Nose surgery is not as painful as many people think, and most patients find mild pain medication more than sufficient during their recovery.

Your surgeon may apply a splint to your nose and fill your nostrils with cotton or gauze. The splint and gauze will be removed in 4 or 5 days. Usually surgeons use self absorbing sutures for rhinoplasty procedures.

You will feel swollen and puffy for many days. You should keep your head elevated and sleep upright for the first few days after surgery to reduce the swelling. Bruising will peak by the third day after surgery, and should diminish completely after a week to ten days. Gently using a cold compress can reduce both the swelling and bruising.

You will need to be careful blowing your nose for at least two weeks. You should be careful washing and touching your face. If you wear glasses, they will need to be taped to your forehead or you may need to wear contacts for up to six weeks.

You should be able to resume normal activities within three to four weeks. You will want to avoid any activities that could jeopardize your final results like football, baseball, volleyball or soccer.

Your nose will continue to heal and change for up to one year. Being patient about your final result is important because choosing revision surgery before your nose has had time to heal completely will cause further impairment.

Nose Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Is there a risk of numbness or permanent loss of sensation of the nose?
  • Ask about the possibility of needing revision surgery if you do not like your results?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with nose surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a permanent surgery and will last a lifetime although your skin will continue to age. Taking good care of your skin will help to preserve your rhinoplasty results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in nose surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.