Step-1: Set Your Expectations Right
Call it a nose job, nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty (the scientific term), the expectations remain same — a nose of your choice.
If you are thinking about getting a nose job, it is best to set up an appointment with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to discuss about your goals and tell him what bothers you about your nose and how you would like to change it. Identify the specific aspect of your nose that troubles you such as a hump on the bridge, tip looks like a ball, crooked nose, deviated septum, big nostrils and so on.
Your expectations are key to the success of your nose job. However, success also depends on matching your expectations with your physical characteristics, such as skin thickness and bone structure. People do sometimes bring in photographs of celebrity noses and expect to have a nose like them, but this is a dilemma because another person's nose may or may not fit your other facial features or be achievable with your skin type and nasal bone.
If you approach rhinoplasty with such an ideal in mind, you’re setting yourself up for a potential disappointment. With a better understanding of the procedure, and a more thoughtful approach to your results, you’ve got a better chance of achieving your desired results and complete satisfaction.
Step-2: Know The Procedure
The first thing that you need to know, is that rhinoplasty surgery isn’t exactly a series of same steps to be followed in each procedure. Many surgeries tend to involve steps, but rhinoplasty needs to be fitted to the individual rather than the textbook. That being the case, each operation is going to be entirely unique and customized for your anatomy. Not only that, it will be customized specifically for the individual’s goals. A nose job is not necessarily a straight forward operation and it’s different for each person.
Generally, rhinoplasty is performed inside your nose (known as closed rhinoplasty) but there can also be a small external incision made (known as open rhinoplasty), which will allow your surgeon to readjust the bone, as well as cartilage beneath the skin. This, however, is a very simplified way of putting it, and there are definitely more complex procedures out there.
Your surgeon will be able to augment your nasal bone or nasal cartilage in many different ways. For smaller alterations, the surgeon will be able to use cartilage harvested from inside your nose or even your ear. And if your nose requires bigger changes, then your surgeon will more than likely to harvest cartilage from other parts of your body such a from around your ribs or back of your elbow. Chances are you’ll never even miss it.
Step-3: Learn about Recovery
After a nose job, you will be asked to wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery that will begin to improve after the third day. This will go away over the next six months. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed.
You may return to your social activities as soon as within two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.
The First Several Days
During the first 48 hours after surgery, it is important to get plenty of rest. In particular, people should:
- · Sleep with their heads elevated
- · Wear clothes that button, rather than go on over the head
- · Brush their teeth gently to avoid irritating the upper lip and nose
- · Keep their faces still as much as possible
- · Apply cold compresses to the nose and mid-face
- · Eat soft foods that still have plenty of nutrients and fiber
- · Take baths, rather than showers, while the bandages remain in place
- · Avoid blowing their noses
- · Change bandages and gauze, as instructed by their doctors
The First Several Weeks
Typically, patients can return to work within two weeks of their surgeries. However, they should continue to monitor their activity level and protect the tender nasal tissues. Among other things, patients should:
· Avoid strenuous exercise until otherwise instructed by their surgeons
· Limit sodium intake to reduce post-surgical swelling
· Wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF whenever they go outside
· Not wear glasses or sunglasses for at least four weeks (if needed, patients can use chin rests to support the frames)
Step-4: Understand the Risks
Step-5: Find Out The Benefits
Among the aesthetic are:
- The slightest imbalance in a person's nose can make a distinct difference in their appearance. Rhinoplasty can create a more balanced look.
Altering the bridge or tip of the nose can draw attention to other areas of the face.
- Reducing the width of the nose, even by a small amount, can have a significant effect on how the nose fits in with the rest of the facial features.
- Whether congenital or caused by past injury, rhinoplasty can correct imperfections on the bridge of the nose.
The two main functional rhinoplasty benefits are:
- Rhinoplasty can open narrow nasal passages and correct structural abnormalities, improving a patient's breathing abilities
- Nose surgery can address external abnormalities, as well as internal birth defects, such as a deviated septum.
Step-6: Discover the Results
Rhinoplasty is unique in that the final results of the surgery can take up to one full year to develop. In the months following surgery the nose will begin to settle in to its final shape. Because the final results of rhinoplasty take a significant amount of time, doctors usually discourage patients from undergoing revision rhinoplasty until a full year has passed.
As far as guaranteeing those results goes, keep in mind that rhinoplasty is a highly complicated and complex surgery requiring expert knowledge, experience, and top-notch skills. To get the best results you can, start with the best plastic surgeon plan your surgery. While you can’t get a guarantee on any surgery you’ll have, choosing your surgeon wisely is your best chance for success.