10 Things To Consider Before Doing Rhinoplasty
Thinking of having rhinoplasty? Here are 10 things to consider first!
The nose is pretty much essential. But while very few of us ever have to worry about it not performing its functions to the max (let’s face it, the only time it ever really lets us down is when we get a cold and it literally won’t stop running), some of us don’t like the way our nose looks.
And in the event that we really dislike the way our nose looks, we consider getting rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is a common, fairly straightforward procedure that is usually the last resort for anyone whose self esteem has been knocked out of shape by their nose. It’s effective, and doesn’t take long at all. As such, it’s really popular.
There are, of course, other reasons for considering rhinoplasty besides aesthetics. Maybe you’re having breathing issues, for example, or perhaps your nose has been misshapen ever since your broke it.
Whatever reasons you have, here are 10 things to consider before doing rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty Won’t Make You Perfect
Especially if you have serious issues with your nose and very high expectations about what a rhinoplasty can do for you, it’s worth bearing in mind that this is not going to make you perfect.
The perfect nose doesn’t exist. Everyone will have something negative to say about their nose – even the celebrities you aspire to look like.
A rhinoplasty improves your nose – it doesn’t make it perfect.
Be Very Selective Regarding Which Surgeon You Choose
There are a lot of plastic surgeons out there who are ready to work on your nose. They want your cash, and they promise to do an amazing job. But not all will be up to scratch.
Your face is super important, which means that you should be very careful regarding which plastic surgeon you work with. The last thing you want is a botched job which requires a follow-up procedure.
And then another follow-up procedure.
Choose an elite facial plastic surgeon who is board-certified. Check out their credentials. If possible, ask your friends to see who they would recommend. It’s likely that someone on your Facebook knows a good, reliable, highly skilled plastic surgeon who can do this for you.
Take Some Time Off Work
Bruising and swelling is just part and parcel of rhinoplasty. It happens, and it’s always visible. As such, it’s better that you book some time off work for proper recovery.
It’s recommended by surgeons that you take at least seven days off after surgery so that your face heals. However, you might want to err on the side of caution by taking ten days off instead.
The swelling can take a while to go down, but there are things you can do to speed up the healing process. Applying fish oil to the affected area is an effective way of speeding up the process.
You Won’t Be Able To Wear Glasses For A Whole Month After Surgery
This is bad news if you wear glasses, but you need to refrain from wearing them so that your nasal bridge is able to heal properly.
Know What You Want
The key in life to getting the results you want is knowing exactly what you want beforehand.
It’s like dating. If you enter the dating scene without a clue about what you want to get out of this, you’ll lurch from bad date to bad date.
It’s important to consult a plastic surgeon with a clear idea of what you want. Be specific about what you want your nose to look like. If there is a celebrity whose nose you admire, share some relevant photos with the plastic surgeon.
Give your surgeon the best chance possible of producing the results you want.
Wait Before Exercising
If you enjoy exercising, it’s a very good idea to wait at least a month after your surgery before your start working out again. This is because an increased heart rate can cause your nose to swell again if it hasn’t properly healed yet. It can also cause bruising to return, and in some cases it can even lead to bleeding.
Lower Your Expectations
You know what they say about expectations – the higher they are, the bigger the disappointment is.
It’s a good idea to stay grounded regarding what you expect to get out of rhinoplasty. You want a better nose and you want more self esteem, but a rhinoplasty is NOT going to transform you into something totally different.
It’s certainly not going to turn you into a celebrity lookalike.
Be careful to manage your expectations so that you aren’t met with crushing disappointment.
There Isn’t That Much Pain
One of the biggest queries people have about rhinoplasty is whether or not there will be much pain.
This is a normal concern, but the good news is that there won’t be that much pain at all post-op.
You may experience some discomfort, and there will be bruising and swelling. You may also find that your nose is stuffy. But there shouldn’t be too much pain.
Watch Out For These Issues
There won’t be much pain, but it’s normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. However, it isn’t normal to experience redness, chills, a fever or discharge coming from your nose.
These are serious issues that require urgent medical attention, as they could be a sign of infection.
The good news is that they only happen rarely and are most uncommon.
You Might Have To Wait A Year For The Final Result
You’ll be expecting too much if you expect instant results. Although your nose will look a lot better once the splint is taken out, you probably won’t see the final results for a whole twelve months.
The initial swelling should subside after a weeks, and should be gone completely after two months. But for your nose to take proper shape, you will likely need to wait a year if you’ve had a primary rhinoplasty and fifteen months if you’ve had a secondary one.
How long your new nose takes to form will also depend on other factors, such as your ethnicity and the thickness of your skin.