Rhinoplasty (Nose) FAQs
What are the risks of
undergoing rhinoplasty surgery?
While all surgeries have risks like bleeding and infection, there are several risks that are specific to rhinoplasty. These risks include:
Scarring. If a rhinoplasty incision is not closed with the utmost of care, the scar can be visible.
Trouble breathing. Rhinoplasty can weaken the nasal structure and cause substantial breathing problems if not performed expertly.
Dissatisfaction due to asymmetry. The number 1 risk of rhinoplasty is that the patient will not have a nose that is perfect. No matter how amazing your rhinoplasty is, no nose will ever be perfect from every angle.
Can my breathing be improved
Yes, breathing can be improved with a well-performed rhinoplasty that addresses the structural issues of the nose in addition to the esthetic ones. Breathing can also be substantially worsened by a rhinoplasty performed by a surgeon who is not dedicated to a reconstructive surgery that protects your long term breathing health.
How can I prepare for rhinoplasty?
The single most important thing you can do to prepare for your rhinoplasty is to do extensive research on the surgeons you are considering. Picking the right surgeon will be the best predictor of your satisfaction and outcome. Preparing for rhinoplasty includes making sure you are physically and mentally ready for the surgery and recovery. One critical component of being prepared for a nose job is understanding that patience is necessary. It can take over a year for the last of the swelling to disappear, before you will see your final results. You should be in the best health possible, have realistic expectations, and also make sure you are comfortable with the financial component of the surgery.
Can I blow my nose after surgery?
You cannot blow your nose immediately after rhinoplasty because you will have a cast on the outside of your nose, and packing on the inside of your nose. Once the packing is removed, you will be able to gently blow your nose.
What is the recovery time after
Rhinoplasty recovery can be thought of as 3 phases. The first phase lasts 1 - 2 weeks and is the part of recovery when you’ll have the most swelling and bruising, and will want to take time off work and have help around the house. The second phase lasts 6 - 8 months, during which you will have almost no bruising and most of your swelling will dissipate. You’ll be able to go back to work and return to many of your normal activities, although we’ll ask you to refrain from strenuous exercise. The last phase of rhinoplasty recovery can last up to a year or two. This is the phase during which your final swelling will disappear, and you can see your true rhinoplasty results.
Who is a good candidate
There are several factors that make someone a good candidate for rhinoplasty, including being in good overall health and having realistic expectations. Beyond that, a candidate for rhinoplasty is someone who is able to communicate well with their surgeon to ensure that they are on the same page about their desired results.