Rhinoplasty Top FAQ
While the procedure is medically termed as such, everyone knows it as a nose job. This is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to correct the shape of the nose, aesthetically enhance the nose or restore its functions through resolving any kind of nose trauma, breathing issues or birth defects. Most times, patients undergo this surgery for cosmetic purposes such as the removal of bumps or to narrow the width of their nostrils. Other reasons for undergoing the procedure include correcting a sinus condition that is affecting breathing or birth defects. Prior to undergoing the procedure, it is important that you are well-informed as a whole. You could schedule a consultation with a surgeon. The consultation will serve as a session for you to discuss the procedure at length from a realistic perspective and assuage any doubts you may have. Alternatively, you could do some research on your own.
Here are some frequently asked questions that could help you out.
How much does it cost?
There is no standard answer as the procedure price differs from surgeon to surgeon. It is important that you establish the credibility of your surgeon as their experience will determine the success of the procedure. The more surgeries done, the more experienced the surgeon and the better your outcome.
What are the risks I have to note?
As with any form of surgery, there are risks. With this particular type of surgery, the main risks are the possibility of recurring nosebleeds, permanent numbness around the nose, scarring or persistent swelling.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Generally speaking, the procedure is the same. The first step is always anaesthesia, either local or general. Then, the doctor makes small cuts to access the cartilage and bones of the nose to add or remove parts to alter its structure or function.
What is the amount of time for complete recovery?
The recovery journey is not an easy one. Most patients report swelling and bruising immediately after the surgery. This swelling often results in a breathing problem as the swelling is in the nose. Discharge from the nose is common as patients are warned against blowing their noses. At the 7th day mark, the nasal packaging is removed and the breathing problems are typically alleviated. By the 14th day, you should be mostly healed and ready to jump back into your regular schedule. However, you should wait about a month before starting vigorous activity or exercise. Follow-up appointments are very important as they give the doctor an opportunity to look at the healing process and intervene if necessary. Overall, the full recovery journey takes a year to be completed.
Are there any side effects?
If the surgeon performing the process is a skilled one, you have nothing to worry about. However, there is the possibility of side effects. One of them is a nasal obstruction. Aesthetics and functionality go hand in hand here.
Is this the procedure for me?
It is important to keep your desired outcome in mind during your consultation. The session will serve as the time for you to discuss what you want to get done or if there are non-surgical methods to getting what you want. Your surgeon will advise you accordingly as the nose changes over time and with age. Long-term results usually warrant surgery but if you’re looking for a short-term and non-permanent fix, there are non-surgical methods to achieving your desired look.
What is the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty?
If you’re asking this question, you’ve done your research. An open rhinoplasty is when an incision is made directly under the nose while a closed rhinoplasty is when all cuts are made inside the nose. Typically, the closed rhinoplasty method is more established as it is said to heal faster. We go into greater detail about both open and closed rhinoplasty here.
What kind of results can I expect?
As mentioned in point 4, the recovery process takes about a year to fully subside. During that time, the final changes to the nose can begin to be seen and the final outcome will be seen in the years to come. Many doctors advise that the revision procedure be done at least a year after the first one.
Is a septoplasty the same procedure?
No, it is not. A rhinoplasty primarily corrects the cosmetic areas while a septoplasty is aimed at correcting nasal problems in particular. Such problems include a misshapen septum.
Are there procedures for different people?
There are many procedures targeted at specific groups of people. One of them is the Asian rhinoplasty; a procedure that is for the correction of typically Asian features. This focuses on adding height to, narrowing and giving a sharper tip to the nose. Similarly, the African-American rhinoplasty is a procedure made to address their needs. The common surgeries include the narrowing of the nose bridge or nostrils, and redefining the tip of one’s nose.
If you’re interested in learning even more about rhinoplasty, especially if you’re considering having one, we have an article explaining what you should know about rhinoplasty before going under the knife.