Rhinoplasty, or a nose job as it commonly referred to, can drastically improve a misshapen nose or fix breathing and nasal problems. It's is a common procedure, and, in the United States alone, 223,018 rhinoplasty surgeries were performed in 2016. However, there are a few things most people are not aware of when they choose to have rhinoplasty.
Don't Expect a Perfect NosePeople who choose to undergo rhinoplasty are often in search of the perfect nose. Every plastic surgeon worth their weight in gold will tell you there is no such thing as a perfect nose in plastic surgery. A skilled surgeon, however, will come as close to it as possible, and that's what you should expect. The basic "architecture" of your nose will fundamentally remain the same and the surgeon will work with it to create a near-perfect result that suits your face. Recovery Is Faster than You Think
It's a common misconception that recovery from a nose job is extremely painful and takes weeks. In reality, there may be some pain initially after surgery, but most patients are surprised to find it doesn't last long and the bruising clears up within a week. Most doctors advise their patients to take only 7-10 days off work for recovery. By that time, the noticeable evidence of surgery has already faded and patients can resume their normal life.
It Can Take Months to See the Final ResultsMost patients find this hard to understand, but the final result of your new nose may take up to a year to see. While the immediate swelling resolves in the first week, the residual swelling takes much longer to disappear. In many cases, it will disappear in 4-6 weeks. However, in some cases, it can take between 12-15 months for all residual swelling to clear and for your new nose to "settle" into place. Don't be disappointed if there's slight distortion during this time. That is normal, so be patient.
You Can't Wear Glasses for a WhileIf you think about it, it makes perfect sense that wearing glasses after a nose job will place pressure on the bridge of the nose and cause indentations. It's just that nobody realizes it until they hear about it in the consultation. Therefore, the wearing of glasses is banned for up to four weeks after surgery. If you wear glasses, you'll have to switch to contact lenses during this time.
There are Minimally Invasive OptionsIf you're a little nervous about a full rhinoplastic surgery, go to Dr. Honrado and inquire about minimally invasive options. It's ideal for minor alterations to the nose and involves small internal incisions in the nose through which surgery is performed. This means there's less postoperative swelling, a much shorter recovery period, and no visible signs of incisions. Non-surgical alternatives, like liquid fillers to straighten a hump, give good results that last for 1-2 years.
Knowing what to expect from any surgery makes the process less scary. Before you decide to undergo rhinoplasty, consult with a qualified plastic surgeon, know all the facts, and approach it with realistic expectations. You should be more than satisfied with the outcome.