Each year over a half a million people looking into improving the appearance of their face, and specifically their nose. Some are not happy with their noses due to genetic traits and others don’t like the change that age can bring to their nose. Some people also may have suffered an injury that has distorted or damaged the nose, and in some rare cases the goal of rhinoplasty is to improve breathing. This guide for rhinoplasty before and after will give you an idea of what to expect through each stage of the procedure.
But one thing stays the same regardless of those reasons: Nothing can have a bigger effect on how you look than the shape and/or size of your nose. The nose is, after all, right in the middle of your face! Due to the fact the nose is the single most defining element on your face, even a slight change or alteration can really improve your appearance or help you to feel more comfortable with yourself.
Ask Yourself If Rhinoplasty Is Right For You
Your skin color or type, ethnic or cultural background and your age are all important factors that you have to investigate before you actually have the rhinoplasty surgery done. Before even the first consultation with your surgeon, a young patient has to be fully grown (usually around age 15). The reason is because as we age the tip of the nose tends to drop and widen and that bump in our nose enlarges… all things that can have an impact on breathing and especially on appearance.
Before you make the decision to have rhinoplasty, talk to you surgeon and ask if any additional procedures are recommended to enhance the appearance of your face. Some patients opt for more surgeries, such as chin augmentation and eye lift (fixing drooping eyelids). These extra surgeries are usually performance in conjunction with your rhinoplasty to better balance your features.
Making The Decision to Have a Rhinoplasty Done
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.
Understanding Rhinoplasty Surgery
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.
Results: What To Expect After Your Nose Job Procedure
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!