New Nose, New Look: Important Information about Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as “nose job,” is one of the most popular procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons. As part of the preparation, your surgeon will make a complete assessment of your medical history and examine your condition thoroughly to determine if you’re fit for the procedure. Some surgeons even show you photographs of other patients post-surgery to give you an idea.


Understanding the Process

The revision rhinoplasty process involves the use of a splint or tape to reduce swelling. The patient is strongly advised to keep the splint or tape dry during the immediate post-operative period. Revision Rhinoplasty reshapes the full nose from blunt to sharp, alters the nose tip shape or straightens the bridge. This procedure is used for correcting congenital defects, breathing troubles, and injuries.

Choosing the Specialist

When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon, keep in mind certain important factors because your choice will significantly affect your facial appearance and nasal passages. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPA) states that a practicing surgeon with at least six years of experience and fellowship of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is qualified to perform a Rhinoplasty. He must be willing to address all questions to clear any doubts the patient might have before undergoing the procedure. Afterwards, you’ll need to restrict your activities for at least 3 to 4 weeks. Your surgeon will advise you to avoid aerobics and other assorted strenuous exercises, lifting heavy weights or even swimming.

Undergoing Recovery

The immediate post-operative period may show slight swelling on the nose and even mild bruises around the eyes. The full effects are seen almost after a year after the surgery is done. Revision Rhinoplasty falls under major surgery because it involves the administration of general anaesthesia and may require more than one operation. The risks include complications from anaesthesia, post-operative bleeding, and wound infections. That’s why following your surgeon’s recovery instructions is highly important. These include applying ice packs to reduce swelling, using sun block with high SPF regularly to the protect the sensitive skin around the nose, and avoiding aspirin or ibuprofen as they exacerbate nasal tip swelling.