What Should I Investigate before Opting for a Rhinoplasty?
by Beauty Expert Vaileria Dennis
Rhinoplasty or popularly called “nose job” is the most popular cosmetic procedure. Most people assume their nose is either too big or too wide, crooked etc. which is why they opt for rhinoplasty. This procedure doesn’t only correct their imperfections or flaws, but it also boosts one’s confidence at the same time. Some people opt for rhinoplasty because they experience breathing problems and others do it due to sleep apnea. Regardless of the reason why you’re thinking about rhinoplasty, it’s important to get informed before you take this step. In this article you’re going to find out more about this procedure as well as things you should know before you reach your decision.
As you already know, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to alter the shape of one’s nose. Depending on needs and preferences, this procedure can make nose larger, smaller, thinner or it can alter nose’s angle in relation to the upper lip. You can also correct bumps, change tip of the nose, indentations or other defects.
You’re probably wondering how it works and how this procedure is performed. Well, during rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions in order to access the bones and cartilage which support your nose. These incisions are usually made inside of the nose to prevent visible scarring after the surgery. Also, depending on needs and preferences, the surgeon might remove some bone or cartilage or add tissues. When they complete the goal of rhinoplasty, surgeons re-drape skin and tissues over the structure of your nose. Then, they place a split inside of your nose to support the new shape while it heals.
What are the risks of rhinoplasty?
Every surgical procedure, regardless of how big or small, comes with certain risks. You should bear it doesn’t mean you’ll experience these consequences, but it’s definitely something you should think about before you decide whether to go for rhinoplasty or not. Here are the risks linked with this procedure:
- Recurring nosebleeds
- Hole in the septum
- Persistent pain, discoloration and swelling
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Permanent numbness in and around the nose
- Uneven nose.
What kind of anesthesia it involves?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under local or general anesthesia. Based on why you want the nose job and other specifications of the procedure, surgeon determines the necessary anesthesia.
Will I stay in hospital for days?
Reshaping your nose is usually performed as an outpatient procedure which means it doesn’t require overnight stay in the hospital or surgery center. However, in some cases, patients have to spend the night in the hospital.
What happens after the surgery?
First, you should bear in mind there’s no one size fits all rule when it comes to rhinoplasty. Why? It’s because each procedure is unique just like each patient and nose is unique as well. Surgeons customize rhinoplasty for specific nose anatomy and patient’s goals. Bandages and splint are going to “keep you company” for about a week before your doctor removes them. Also, your face might seem puffy and swollen for a few days but you should know it’s perfectly normal after this procedure. To reduce pain and swelling you can use cold compresses and your doctor might recommend taking painkillers. Bruises, puffiness, and swelling will be completely gone in 10 to 14 days.
What else should I know before procedure?
It’s highly recommended to ask your doctor everything you’d like to know about rhinoplasty, risks, and adjustments for healthy lifestyle. This way, you’ll be able to recover properly and minimize the chance of experiencing unwanted scenarios. Here are some things you should know before rhinoplasty:
- You should plan to take enough time off, between 7 to 10 days to get some rest and allow your nose to heal
- Count on swelling and bruising, but bear in mind that their intensity varies from person to person
- Arm yourself with patience because final results will be visible in 12 to 15 months
- Avoid gym for 3 to 4 weeks after surgery
- It’s normal to experience nasal congestion
- The most important aspect of your procedure is choosing a highly-skilled doctor. Make sure your doctor has good reputation.
- You might need revision surgery if problems you’re experiencing persist or you’re not happy with result
- If you opt for local anesthesia you will hear doctors working on your nose and if you can’t handle that, then asking for general anesthesia is a good idea.
- Insurance companies don’t cover the costs of rhinoplasty unless it’s done to correct some functional problem
- Costs of rhinoplasty don’t only include surgeon’s fee but also fees for anesthesiologist, the operating facility, splints, medicines, etc.
Tips to decrease risk for bleeding and swelling
- Don’t exercise
- Don’t blow your nose
- Take baths instead of showers
- Use healthy foods to eat with high fibre
- Don’t wear glasses
- Avoid smiling, laughing and other extreme face expressions
- Limit movement of the upper lip e.g. brush your teeth gently
- Don’t pull clothes (shirts, sweaters) over your head.
Rhinoplasty is performed for medical and cosmetic purposes. Regardless of the reason you’re considering this procedure you should only do it after you get informed about all aspects of such surgery. That’s why it’s important to ask your doctor about everything you’d like to know. Also, after the surgery, make sure you’re following doctor’s orders closely.