What Should People Consider Before Getting A Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Our face has many features, but there is one that is more difficult to hide than virtually any other – our nose. Located in the middle of your face, it isn’t something that you can style your hair to cover, and while some people try to use clever cosmetic shading, the truth is that there is no real way to change the proportions of your nose. Unfortunately, this means that many people live with a nose that makes them unhappy with their overall appearance.
Whether it is because it is crooked, out-of-proportion with the rest of your face, the nostrils are too small or too large, the tip is too big or there is a bump on the bridge, there can be many different things that you can believe are ‘wrong’ with your nose. However, there is a solution that can alter almost any aspect of this feature and leave you with a nose that you feel better suits your face – rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a ‘nose job’, is still a very popular type of plastic surgery procedure in the United States, with more than 225,000 carried out in 2017. What happens during the actual procedure varies from patient to patient and depends on exactly what changes you wish to make to the shape and size of your nose. For this reason, rhinoplasty procedures tend to be divided into different categories. These include:
Reduction rhinoplasty. Unsurprisingly, this is used to reduce the overall size of the nose, reshaping the bridge, tip and nostrils as necessary. In significant reductions, it may be necessary for your surgeon to remove some of the bone and cartilage.
Augmentation rhinoplasty. This type of rhinoplasty focuses on rebuilding the framework of a flattened nose. To do this, bone and cartilage may be taken from another part of the body. Eventually you will be left with a nose that is more natural in shape and size.
Rhinotip. This procedure focuses on altering the tip of the nose and nostrils, with the main body of the nose not being altered in any way.
Septorhinoplasty. If you need your septum (the area of skin and cartilage between the nostrils) reshaped or rebuilt, you will almost certainly be recommended for septorhinoplasty.
What to consider before opting for a rhinoplasty procedure
If you are unhappy with the shape, size or general appearance of your nose, the thought of plastic surgery to correct probably seems like an option far too good to turn down. While in the majority of cases this may be true, it is important when committing to any type of cosmetic surgery that you don’t let your emotions cloud your judgements. Every cosmetic surgery has elements that should be carefully considered ahead of signing on the dotted line, and rhinoplasty is no different.
Here is what you need to consider before getting a rhinoplasty procedure.
The differences in your nose will be subtle
Many people go into facial surgeries thinking that it will completely change their appearance. However, this isn’t the case at all. A rhinoplasty isn’t mean to alter the total look of your face. Instead it should create subtle improvements that enhance your existing appearance rather than changing it entirely. A great rhinoplasty procedure will make you look fantastic, but will be so understated that people will struggle to work out what is different about you.
The recovery period looks worse than it feels
If you have done any sort of research into rhinoplasty procedures you will have undoubtedly seen lots of images of post-surgery patients with black eyes, bruised faces and lots of dried blood. This alone can be enough to put you off of the surgery, but it really shouldn’t. Almost all patients agree that the way that you look in the days and first few weeks after your surgery is not all indicative of the discomfort that you feel. Most patients agree that the discomfort is fairly manageable provided they stick to the agreed schedule of pain medications provided by their doctor.
The surgery isn’t without risk
As with all types of surgical procedure, there are some elements of risk associated with a rhinoplasty. These include:
- Post-operative bleeding
- Injury to your septum
- Skin necrosis (skin dying)
- Nasal blockage caused by swelling
- Anesthesia-based complications
In addition to the medical complications that may occur, there is also a small chance that you will be dissatisfied with the cosmetic results of your procedure. For this reason, your surgeon should talk you through exactly what to expect and ensure that you have reasonable expectations for the outcome of your surgery.
The results take time
Many people expect that the final results of any cosmetic surgery should be visible once the majority of the healing is complete. However, this is rarely true. In the case of rhinoplasty procedures, it can often take as long as six months before all of the swelling has subsided and the final, improved appearance of your nose is visible.
Not all surgeons are created equal
Rhinoplasty is arguably one of the trickiest types of cosmetic surgery, and as with all varieties, in order to guarantee the best results, it is essential that you choose a surgeon with the education, skill and experience to perform your procedure to the highest standards. Take your time when trying to find a great surgeon, do your research and trust your instincts!
If you would like to discover more information about rhinoplasty procedures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your very own nose job, our dedicated and professional team are on hand to help. Please contact our offices at your convenience.