Rhinoplasty Before and After What to Expect
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct imperfections in the nose. If you aren’t happy with your nose’s size or overall shape, you might be considering rhinoplasty as an option. Here’s a brief rundown on what to expect with rhinoplasty – before and after surgery.
Rhinoplasty – Before Surgery
Thousands of people choose rhinoplasty to improve their appearance, so the procedure is quite commonplace and safe. Regardless of your reason for choosing rhinoplasty, your first step will be finding a surgeon who can match your requirements and expectations.
Please consult with a few rhinoplasty surgeons, as not all will perform their surgeries using the same techniques. The first consultation is to ask all your questions to decide if you are comfortable with their procedures.
One of your primary concerns will be the level of experience your surgeon has with rhinoplasty. Using an experienced surgeon will ensure you get the best results and reduce your risk of complications.
Understanding the Risks Before Undergoing Rhinoplasty
All surgery carries risks, and rhinoplasty is no different. You may experience bleeding, infection, or experience an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Other complications that can arise from rhinoplasty include:
- Persisting pain or discoloration
- Breathing difficulties
- Numbness around the nose that may become permanent
- The need for additional surgery
Your doctor will make sure you know and understand all the risks before going ahead with the procedure.
Preparing for Rhinoplasty
You will meet with your surgeon to discuss a few important factors regarding your surgery. In general, your doctor will discuss the following criteria to determine if you are a good candidate for nose surgery.
Medical History – Your past medical history is of critical importance. Your surgeon will ask about nasal obstructions, current medications, and known allergies to any medicines during the consultation. Certain conditions like hemophilia (a bleeding disorder) mean you are not a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty.
Physical Exam – a physical exam will determine if you are fit and healthy enough for surgery and examine your facial features to determine what they need to do and how it might affect your breathing.
Photographs – Someone from the practice will take photographs of your nose from many different angles. Your doctor will use these for before and after assessments.
Rhinoplasty Before and After Pictures
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life after rhinoplasty
You will need bed rest after the surgery. Raising your head higher than your chest will limit the amount of bleeding and swelling. You could have a blocked or congested nose and have splints placed during surgery.
Medical personnel will apply dressings and splints for protection and support for around seven days after surgery. You will experience slight bleeding and notice mucus and blood for a few days or when you remove the dressing. These symptoms are typical of the healing process.
During your recovery period, you should avoid strenuous exercise and only perform light duties if you return to work. You must refrain from blowing your nose during recovery and refrain from extreme facial expressions like smiling and laughing.
Wear button-up shirts rather than shirts and sweaters you pull over your head. Don’t rest sunglasses on your nose for about four weeks after rhinoplasty. If you wear eyeglasses, then tape the glasses to your forehead or use cheek rests until you fully recover.
The results of your surgery will take time to become apparent. Once your recovery is complete, you will be able to view the surgery results and enjoy a brand new look.
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