Consultant Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgeon, Afshin Yousefpour from BMI Thornbury Hospital, shares advice on what you need to know when considering rhinoplasty.
Here are 5 things to think about before having a nose job:
1. Ask to see before and after photos of previous operations
Your surgeon must have a broad and extensive experience in facial cosmetic and rhinoplasty surgery. Don’t be afraid of asking your surgeon about his or her experience in this area.
You should look at before and after photos of patients they’ve previously operated on to help give you an idea of the results, and to help you form an opinion about your surgeon’s surgical skills.
- About rhinoplasty
Cosmetic surgery is mainly about increasing your confidence by improving a body feature you’re not happy with. This is on the basis that you have a real expectation of results, and are reasonably fit and healthy.
A nose job of course is no exception to this. Your nose may be crooked, have a prominent bump in the bridge, or have an over-protruding or bulbous tip. You may feel your nose is too wide or too large for your face, or have an altered nasal shape after trauma (post-traumatic nasal deformity). You may even be experiencing breathing difficulties with blocked nasal passages.
If this is the case, you may be a good candidate for nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) surgery.
2. Ask your surgeon lots of questions
When considering having a nose job, you need to make sure you’re finding the most appropriate surgeon to meet your needs.
Before any surgical procedure, ask specific questions, such as whether the surgery is a suitable option for you, the surgical technique they plan on using, and the satisfaction rate of previous patients.
This will help give you peace of mind that both procedure and the doctor performing it are right for you.
Did you know that rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK1
- Questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon
- What is your experience in rhinoplasty? (e.g. number of patients, number of years of practice)
- Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
- What technique will you use to achieve the desired outcome?
- Can I see before and after photos?
- What will my recovery be like?
- What type of anaesthesia will you use?
- What are the possible complications?
- What is my expected healing time?
- What percentage of your patients are happy with the result?
- What percentage of your patients have had revision rhinoplasty?
- What happens if I am not happy with the result?
- What can and can’t I do after my operation? (e.g. work, exercise, personal care)
3. You’ll need at least two weeks off work
Rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated forms of facial cosmetic surgery and, depending on the extent of the surgery, your recovery may take up to two weeks. You’ll need to take this period of time off work.
It’s important not to blow your nose as this can adversely affect the results of the surgery.
To help counter some of these effects, your surgeon will prescribe you painkillers and anti-sickness medication. You will be asked to rest and sleep with the head elevated. Your nasal splint will be removed after a week or two and you should be able to socialise around one week after surgery.
- What to expect 24 hours after surgery:
The first day after surgery is the most difficult part of recovery, and you may experience the following:
- Feeling drowsy or feeling sick, if you’re still under the influence of your anaesthesia
- Aching, blocked nose
- Nasal swelling
- Bruising around the eyes
- Puffy face
4. It can take up to a year before you see the full results
During the operation your surgeon may place a splint over your nose for support, and to provide stability to your new shape. Although you’ll be swollen, you should be able to see changes in the shape of your nose immediately once your splint is removed – around 1-2 weeks after surgery.
You may have persistent, minor swelling for several months after surgery. The final results of your surgery may not be visible for up to a year, sometimes longer. During this time, the swelling will gradually disappear and the skin and soft tissues around the nose will contract and adapt to the reshaped framework of your nose.
5. Have realistic expectations around your results
You shouldn’t be afraid to discuss your wishes with your surgeon. They’ll tell you whether your desire is realistic and achievable. In my opinion, the most desirable results are achieved when the function is preserved and your nose has a natural look.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of your existing nose. It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t expect “perfection”, or expect to have the nose of someone else.
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