Is Rhinoplasty Right For You?
One of the features with the most impact on the way you and your face looks, is your nose. Its shape and size is a characteristic that greatly defines your image, and even the slightest alteration to it can improve your appearance. Rhinoplasty or more commonly know as “nose job”, “nasal surgery” or “nose reshaping”, deals with the shaping and reconstruction of the cartilage and bone of the nose to enhance its appearance and/or to improve breathing.
It is considered as one of the most delicate and complicated plastic surgery, especially for revisions. The surgery has to balance between optimizing the functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Preparing for rhinoplasty
There are many reasons why someone would want a nose job. A birth defect or an injury may have changed its appearance and it makes it harder to breath through the nose. Others want to get rid of a hump or its size, to better balance it with the appearance of the rest of the face.
You and your surgeon will have to schedule a few meetings to discuss matters involving the surgery. He will explain to you how it will be performed and what your expectations should be. Depending on the physical characteristics of your nose and your face, there are certain limitations for what can be achieved.
After agreeing to have the procedure, the surgeon will take several photographs of your face from different angles and will share with you the options you have available. Followed by an explanation of its structure, including cartilage and bone, and then an explanation on how they can be reshaped and sculpted for optimal result.
What you have to expect for the post-surgery period
Generally you will have to avoid blowing your nose, exertion, sun exposure and avoid any injuries. As for the recuperating process, a small splint will be place in your nose for a short period of time to ensure proper nose structure while it heals. You will feel puffy, mainly for the first couple of days after the surgery.
On some cases patients experience minor swelling and bruising in the area under they eyes, and pain medications can help reduce the stress. To reduce the discomfort and bruising, you may want to use cold compresses.
It is a very complicated procedure and your body will need time to adapt and heal after it, but generally after about a week, you will be able to go back to work or school.
The choice of a good surgeon and technical team can be vital to the results and the recuperating process. Prefer surgeons that specialize in facial cosmetic surgeries like Dr Shahidi from Australia, since they are usually better experienced and up to date with the most recent methods. Their experience will also influence the need or lack of, a revising second or third surgery. That will greatly add to the time you need to recuperate.