What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a form of cosmetic surgery that’s used to reshape the nose. It can be used to alter the nose in several ways, including reshaping the tip of the nose, widening or narrowing the bridge of the nose and altering the size and shape of the nostrils.
Who can benefit from rhinoplasty?
If the appearance of your nose causes you to feel self-conscious, either because you feel it’s too long, too wide or too thin, then you can benefit from rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is also used to help correct injuries that result in breathing problems.
Am I a good candidate?
A good candidate for rhinoplasty will be a person who has the right skin type and who has realistic expectations about what can be achieved with the surgery. Your surgeon will be able to determine if you’re a suitable candidate and also let you know what results you can expect to achieve.
How do I choose the right surgeon?
When looking for a surgeon to perform rhinoplasty you first want to be sure that they’re board-certified. This will guarantee a high standard of skill and care. Secondly you should look for a surgeon who has a great deal of experience performing rhinoplasty surgeries, and ideally who specializes in it. You should also be sure that you’re comfortable with them and feel like you can ask any questions without feeling silly.
What is the recovery like?
You’ll need to wear a cast on your nose for the first week after surgery. This will then be removed and the swelling will slowly subside over the following weeks. Usually after 2-3 weeks, the swelling will have subsided enough where people will not be able to tell you’ve had surgery. Some pain is to be expected in the days immediately following surgery although medication will be prescribed for this.
It takes approximately 3-4 months for the swelling to completely subside when you have rhinoplasty. After this time you’ll be able to appreciate the final results.
Will I need to take time off work?
Yes. It’s usually recommended that you take a couple of weeks off work so you’re able to recover properly and don’t have to worry about your nose being accidentally bumped or knocked, which could cause complications.
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