All About Rhinoplasty: What To Expect From Your Nose Job
A rhinoplasty, the technical term for a cosmetic nose job, is a fairly simple surgery that re-balances the harmony of the facial structure. If your nose is too big, too small, crooked, or otherwise off-balance, it may distract from the beauty of your face. By improving the balance of your nose, it will accentuate the beauty of your face and its features.
If you are continually concerned with the size, shape, or symmetry of your nose, a nose job may be the perfect solution for you. But, there are many things you should first consider if you are thinking about having a nose job. A cosmetic rhinoplasty is a huge decision, one that requires plenty of patience and perseverance.
The first thing to think about is your age. If you are under sixteen, please consider waiting for your facial structure to finish growing. For boys, it is better to wait longer in order to accommodate growth spurts in the late teens and early twenties. Growth spurts can affect the shape of the facial structure and may allow your face to “grow into” your nose, or vice versa. Sometimes waiting a few years, though difficult, can be of great benefit and will save you the emotional and financial costs of surgery.
The next thing to consider is the reaction of your family and friends. Some families are very proud of their genetic nasal shape. If you “have your father’s nose,” this may be something of great pride for your family. Friends may also react negatively to a “radical” cosmetic facial surgery—but these reactions will pass. If you stay strong and persevere, your surgery will be worth it.
Understand also that long-term patience will be key because the results of a nose job are not always immediately noticeable. The final results may not be completely apparent for a year or more, and even longer if you have thick skin.
You should finally ask yourself if a nose job is truly the right option for you. A rhinoplasty is not something to consider lightly. Only those who are wholly dissatisfied with their appearance, who want to change their facial structure, and who have great patience should continue with this procedure. This is not to dissuade anyone from having a nose job—only to stress the importance of careful and serious consideration.
In preparation for your consultation, you should thoughtfully consider specific things that you want to change about your nose. Sometimes photographs can be a helpful visual aid for explaining what you are hoping for from your nose job. Your doctor will help you decide on changes that will be appealing with your facial structure and fit your personality.
Often, a nose job does not require overnight hospitalization. Patients may return home after their surgery. Here’s what to expect after your nose job procedure of the first year:
|Day After||Return to Doctor’s office to remove nasal packing and check-in post-op.|
|1 Week||Bruising around the eyes will fade
Return to the office to remove surgical sutures and nasal splint
Reveal the new nose!
|2-3 Months||Some swelling may develop and fluctuate, especially in the tip|
|1 Year||Final results will soon be apparent|
For more information and to find out whether rhinoplasty is right for you, contact Shapiro Plastic Surgery.