Regardless of whether you want the surgery for functional or cosmetic reasons, finding a qualified facial plastic surgeon is absolutely the most important thing. Look for a surgeon who is certified in ear, nose, and throat surgery as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Finding a cosmetic doctor with these qualifications ensures that you as the patient are receiving the highest level of care and expertise – vital considerations because this will affect your appearance.
During a consultation, your doctor likely will examine the structure of your nose, both externally and internally, to envision the procedure ahead of time. Your surgeon will evaluate your face and let you know what you can expect in terms of results.
You are more likely to be more happy with the results of your nose job if you are informed ahead of time and have better understanding of what nasal surgery or nose reshaping can and cannot do for you. Most rhinoplasty surgeries are performed in accredited outpatient centers, and an experienced surgeon only will use board-certified anesthesiologists. This ensures you will have an easier time throughout the outpatient operation.
Your surgeon may perform your procedure by making incisions inside the nose, which will leave no scars on the outside and have better results cosmetically. More and more patients are asking for no-scar or non-surgical rhinoplasty, so be sure and ask your surgeon ahead of time if this is right for you.
In some cases, due to structure or desired results, an incision is made in the area of your nose that separates your nostrils. For some nose reshaping, some amounts of underlying bone and cartilage are removed, added to, or given support so that the desired shape of your nose has structure. The part of your nose that was incised during the rhinoplasty procedure is re-draped over the new frame and the small cuts are closed. A nose splint is provided for a short time to the outside of your nose to help it heal and retain the proper shape.
Immediately after your surgery, you will likely have a small amount of swelling or bruising in and around the eye area – this is normal for this operation so don’t worry! Applying a cold compress or elevating your head can be comforting and help reduce the swelling and ease your discomfort.
The splint applied to your nose is kept on for about a week to ten days and then removed when the surgeon decides it is best. Recovery varies, but most agree it is less than two weeks. And then, you breathe better or enjoy your brand new nose!