Rhinoplasty is a procedure which involves reshaping the nose, and it is one of the most common of cosmetic procedures. It can correct many problems with the nose, including birth defects, injuries, and dissatisfaction with size or shape.
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Who Can Benefit From Rhinoplasty?
You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if any of the following statements are true of you:
What is the Procedure Like?
Your surgery will probably be performed in the doctor's office operating room, although sometimes, the procedure is performed in a hospital. Depending upon the complexity of your particular surgery, you will either be asleep during the operation or you will be awake and under sedation to help you relax. In either case, you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
Generally, the operation takes one to two hours, during which the doctor reshapes the nose, including the bone and cartilage. The incisions made during rhinoplasty are very small so that there is no visible scarring. Sometimes, the incisions can even be made entirely inside the nose. You will be allowed to go home within just a few hours of your surgery, but you will need someone to drive you home and possibly to help you around the house for a couple of days.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
You may be required to wear a splint for a short time after your surgery to maintain the new shape of your nose, and packs will be placed in your nostrils during the first night of your healing process. The packing is usually removed the day after surgery, and the splints will be removed within one to two weeks of the surgery. For the first day or two, you may experience some mild pain and discomfort, which can be easily managed with a pain medication prescription. You will need to keep your head elevated to reduce the amount of swelling.
You may also experience some increased bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes after a couple of days. Cold compresses will help to reduce the swelling and ease the discomfort, and the swelling and bruising should be greatly improved or resolved within two weeks of surgery. Slight bleeding from your nostrils during the first week is normal, and while your nose may feel stuffy at first, you should avoid blowing your nose for at least a week. You can return to work within one to two weeks after rhinoplasty. It may take several weeks, however, before your nose feels normal again.
If you wear glasses, these may have to be taped to your face for several weeks while your nose is healing. This is so that the glasses don't bounce on your nose and cause harm to the fragile new structure. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Rubinstein will instruct you when you can return to work, wear your glasses, and exercise. The final results of rhinoplasty take a long time to materialize.
You must be patient during this time and trust that you will look better (and breathe better) when the healing is completed. In some cases, it can take up to one year before you are able to see the final result of your nose surgery. While cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, if you have breathing problems that will be corrected by the surgery, your insurance might cover rhinoplasty.
What Are the Risks of Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty has been performed successfully for many years. Complications are rare, although some patients require more than one procedure to achieve the best results. Be sure to let Dr. Rubinstein know exactly how you hope the results of your rhinoplasty will look. He will then be able to tell you what is realistic and what you can expect from the procedure. You also need to tell the doctor about any allergies, breathing difficulties, or sinus problems that you have. With good planning, you can achieve terrific results with rhinoplasty.
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