Cosmetic enhancement is a common procedure in the United States, and according to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 15.9 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015. This includes everything from liposuction to breast lifts and botox treatments.
However, one of the most common procedures to get across the nation is a rhinoplasty. Are you thinking about getting this procedure done? Here are some of the most common questions about this surgery to know before contacting your doctor.
What is a nose job and is it the same thing as a rhinoplasty?
Yes, these two terms are interchangeable. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes and sculpts the nose to a different shape, no matter the reason. This surgery can be used as a way to improve the nose’s function, or just to change the shape and size for cosmetic reasons.
Are there any risks involved?
A rhinoplasty is generally a low-risk procedure, but as always there are some risks involved. This includes adverse effects from anesthesia, swelling, infection, and excessive bleeding. Your plastic surgeon will explain the different risks in detail before the procedure so you will know what to look for when healing.
What is a typical nose job like?
As every nose is different, every single surgery changes. But generally speaking, the doctor will make an incision either between your nostrils or in the lining of your nostrils, making the scar quite small. Then, they will rearrange or remove the cartilage, as well as breaking or rearranging bone to reshape the nose. Typically, an average procedure will last about two hours.
What happens after the procedure?
After the nose is packed with gauze, a nose splint will be placed on the nose for one week to help keep everything in place. Everyone heals differently, but it is normal to experience swelling, bleeding, and bruising. Once the splint is taken off, the nose will look noticeably better.
Are there any limitations to the surgery?
For many doctors, thick skin is a problem. This is because it is difficult to shrink and conform to the new framework set forth. The skin must contract in the healing process, and thick skin is notoriously hard to do so. Your doctor will tell you if they have any concerns before you do come in for the actual procedure so you will be fully aware.
Have any additional questions about nose jobs? Please contact our professionals today to learn more.