6 Things To Know About Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that can help refine the nose and restore balance and proportion to the face. It’s one of the most commonly performed facial cosmetic surgeries, and for good reason. The nose features pretty prominently on the face, and when it doesn’t blend in — it can make you feel self-conscious. In fact, many of our patients come in worried that their nose is the first thing people notice about them.
At The Esthetics Center, we don’t want our patients to be set back by anything that makes them feel less than confident — and we often find that rhinoplasty can help in that goal. A nose that blends in with the rest of the face will draw people’s attention to the features you want to show off — like your eyes, your lips, and most importantly — the words coming out of your mouth.
So if you’re considering rhinoplasty, here are 6 things to keep in mind.
1. There are two types of rhinoplasty
One size does not fit all. That’s why it’s so important to tailor any cosmetic surgery to each individual patient. And that’s certainly the case with rhinoplasty: There are two types of rhinoplasty we perform:
Closed rhinoplasty: We prefer this method, as it’s less invasive. All the incisions are made inside the nose, leaving little to no external scarring.
Open rhinoplasty: It’s not always possible to access the parts of the nose that need to be refined with a closed rhinoplasty. When that’s the case, we perform an open rhinoplasty. This allows us full access to the entire nasal structure so that we can reshape the nose by altering cartilage. You will be left with a small scar, but it won’t very noticeable at all.
2. It’s not just for aesthetics
While a majority of rhinoplasties are performed to correct aesthetic issues, we also perform rhinoplasties on patients who have structural abnormalities or previous injuries that makes breathing difficult.
We can also correct breathing difficulties patients might be experiencing after having had a rhinoplasty procedure performed elsewhere.
3. Come prepared with pictures
Making sure you and your doctor are on the same page can do a lot to streamline the process. So if you have examples of what you’re hoping to achieve, go ahead and bring them in.
Keep in mind: factors like cartilage and skin quality may affect the procedure, so you there’s a good chance you won’t get the exact nose you’re looking for. Talking with your doctor can help you set realistic expectations.
4. You should plan to take time off
Full recovery from rhinoplasty generally takes 3 to 4 weeks. However, most of our patients are able to return to work within 10 to 14 days.
5. Results take patience
You’ll see positive changes in the shape of your nose pretty fast. But keep in mind it’ll take about a year for your nose to fully heal and settle into its new shape. So don’t be alarmed if you notice asymmetry or swelling that lingers for months after the surgery. This is completely normal.
6. Feel like a more confident version of you
A nose that makes you feel self-conscious can cause unneeded stress and keep you from living fully in the moment. Rhinoplasty can help restore confidence, so that you can live life undistracted.
If you’d like to discuss the possibility of rhinoplasty, give us a call today. We’d be happy to help walk you through the process.