Do a quick Google search about the super-common plastic surgery procedures, and the chances are that rhinoplasty will be in the top two. Ask any expert surgeon about the most performed facial surgery procedures, and they will either say rhinoplasty or nose job (it’s the same thing). It can either be used for cosmetic or medical purposes. Rhinoplasty can enhance the nose’s appearance and restore its nasal function. Yes, it is that multifaceted.
With the advent of technology, rhinoplasty has evolved over the years, and it has become more simple, safer, and comfortable for patients. It is today regarded as one of the plastic surgery procedures that have highest successful life-changing results.
In case you considering the surgery, below we have compiled a list of the most common questions about the nose job surgery. Browse the questions to get answers, and if you still have any questions relating to rhinoplasty, you can book for a consultation with our expert surgeons by filling the form at the bottom of this page, and have your questions answered straight away. It’s that simple!
What is the rhinoplasty recovery period like?
As compared to other plastic surgery procedures, the rhinoplasty recovery is usually mild. Soon after the surgery, patients are monitored for a few hours and then escorted to their hotel by one of our friendly guides. It’s common for the patient to feel a bit of discomfort, but this can be easily addressed by the surgeon’s prescribed medication. There may also be some swelling and bruising in the first 10-12 days after the surgery. On the first day, it is also recommended that you keep your head elevated. To stabilize the septum, the surgeon may also place nasal packs, and you may remove these a few days after surgery. Most patients may return to their work after one week, but they should not participate in any strenuous activities. Below is a list of activities you should desist from for about six weeks after the nose job surgery.
- Pulling clothes over your head
- Blowing your nose
- Resting your eyeglasses on the nose
- Brushing your teeth vigorously
Is the Rhinoplasty procedure painful?
Yes, it was three decades ago. It’s different nowadays (thanks to technology) as surgeons make use of either general or local anesthesia to make sure that the patient is comfortable during the two-hour procedure. During the process, the patient will be numb and won’t feel any degree of pain whatsoever. Soon after the surgery, there might be some discomfort, but it’s nothing that the surgeon’s prescribed meds can’t handle. In most cases, surgeons prescribe painkillers to address the discomfort, and the patients get to use them for about three- or four-days post-surgery.
Are there any risks associated with rhinoplasty?
Although the rhinoplasty success rate is usually high, people who undergo surgery for cosmetic purposes might need revision surgery later in the future. Generally, the rhinoplasty surgery is safe, but as with any other surgery, it also has potential risks. During the procedure, a patient may adversely react to the anesthesia and have an infection. In some instances, patients may have excessive bleedings during the procedure; hence, there are advised to avoid smoking two weeks prior to the surgery. If done by the wrong hands, other risks may include, residual deformity, numbness, visible scars, swelling, poor wound healing, and nose collapse. This is why we recommend patients to choose an expert surgeon who has performed this surgery a number of times.
What preparations should I make for rhinoplasty?
This differs from one person to the other, and your surgeon will have to give a list of dos and don’ts at your consultation after having examined your physical health. Usually, patients are advised to stop smoking two weeks before the surgery as this may lead to excessive bleeding during the surgery and to poor wound healing post-surgery. If one is under medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin, they are recommended to stop two weeks prior to the surgery. Such medications may cause bleeding problems as they inhibit blood clotting.
How old must I be to be a suitable Rhinoplasty candidate?
If done for cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty can be performed on anyone whose nose has developed. This means that 15-year-old girls and 16-year-old boys can undergo surgery. If it’s done for medical purposes such as to correct a congenital disability or an injury, rhinoplasty can be done at an early age. But ceteris paribus, the best time to have a nose job for cosmetic purposes is when one is in their adolescence or when they are a young adult. Due to a poor healing process, undergoing the cosmetic rhinoplasty at the age of 60 and beyond is less favorable, and the outcome is usually negative results; however, it’s necessary to undergo functional rhinoplasty to improve the nasal functions at an old age.
Am I an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty?
This is usually determined on the consultation day after your surgeon has assessed your nose and done some medical examination of your wellbeing. Good candidates are people who are in good health and have no other constraints that may lengthen the recovery purpose. Having a right state of mind and realistic expectations are also prerequisites for one to be considered as a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty. It’s also important that one is doing this for themselves, and they are not being pressured by anyone else.
When will I see the rhinoplasty results?
Most patients expect to see the results as soon as they walk out of the surgical facility. But it’s important to have a long-term approach when considering having a rhinoplasty. Soon after the surgery, the external swelling is common in the first 12 days, and it might take a few months for the internal swelling to recede. For your new nasal contour to completely redefine itself, your nose has to be fully healed from the inside out first. Patients are also recommended to follow their post-surgery instructions given to them by their doctors as this helps speed up the healing process.
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This content is published by Rhinoist Medical Content Team in May 2019.