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Rhinoplasty FAQ

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. Having rhinoplasty surgery could massively improve your self-confidence and drastically improve your physical appearance. Rhinoplasty is also used to help correct injuries or deformities that result in breathing problems.

What are the different types of rhinoplasty?
There are two types of rhinoplasty surgery:

  • Open Rhinoplasty
  • Open rhinoplasty involves making an incision between the nostrils and peeling back the soft tissue and skin. Open rhinoplasty is only used to majorly reshape and restructure the nose.

  • Closed Rhinoplasty
  • A closed rhinoplasty involves making minor incisions within the nostrils. Similarly to open rhinoplasty, the skin and soft tissue is then separated from the cartilage and bone. The nose is then reshaped.

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.

In order to be a good candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure, it’s important to be in good health overall. Any ongoing medical conditions will need to be discussed with your surgeon who will give you advice on whether a rhinoplasty is the best procedure for you. It’s also best to make a decision on whether the surgery is right for you when you aren’t feeling stressed or worried about other things.

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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.
Read through any testimonials featured on their website and have a detailed look and the before and after photos of past surgeries they have completed. If you find a surgeon that you feel would be able to give you the results you want, book a consultation. If you like the surgeon and feel comfortable in their hands, they’re probably the surgeon for you.

How can I prepare for rhinoplasty surgery?

Before your scheduled rhinoplasty surgery takes place, your chosen surgeon with walk you through the process of the procedure and what you should expect from your end results. Make sure that you are completely comfortable with the procedure and happy with the results you will receive.

Once you’re ready to go ahead, try to avoid taking any medications that could cause blood clotting or postoperative bleeding. Furthermore, if you’re a smoker, it’s advised that you cut down or try to quit before surgery. Smoking greatly increases the amount of time it takes the body to heal, therefore recovery could take longer than anticipated.

Alcohol should also be avoided in the days running up to your surgery as it can interfere with some medications and thin the blood making excessive bleeding more likely.

What is the recovery like?

Immediately after surgery, the nostrils will be packed and you will be in some discomfort. It’s normal to have bruising around the eye sockets and the nose will be tender and swollen. You’ll need to wear a cast on your nose for the first week after surgery. This will then be removed, the swelling and bruising 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 surgery. 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.

How will my nose look ten years after surgery?

Just like most other aesthetic surgeries, the results of a rhinoplasty are permanent. Although there could be minor changes to your nose as you go through the aging process, your nose will never return to how it was before rhinoplasty surgery.

Are there any permanent alternatives to having a rhinoplasty?

In some circumstances, fillers can be used to change the shape and appearance of the nose, however, this is a temporary fix. A rhinoplasty is the only option for results that will last a lifetime.

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