3 Things Patients Should Know About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty isn’t a single surgery. Sure, we call all nose jobs rhinoplasty procedures, but really there can be any number of procedures that can make up a single rhinoplasty surgery. Many rhinoplasty patients are willing to have the surgery to make their noses more ideal for their faces, but do they really know what to expect from the procedure?

Rhinoplasty Doesn’t Always Involve Broken Bones

The rhinoplasty procedures that show up on television shows about surgeons always seem to involve a mallet and the breaking of bones. While there are many rhinoplasty procedures that require breaking the nose and reshaping it or shaving down a portion of the bone, there are some procedures that deal exclusively with cartilage. These procedures don’t require breaking the bone and the likelihood of bruising will be far less.

 Rhinoplasty Packing Hurts the Most

You would think that having a surgery on your nose would be painful, but what is actually the most uncomfortable according to recent patients is the packing that is placed in the nose following the surgery. The surgeon uses gauze or other packing materials to hold the nose in shape and to absorb fluids from the surgery. The packing fills the naval cavity and is only removed days later. The full nasal cavity makes it hard for the patient to breathe easily and is simply uncomfortable.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Takes Up to a Year

Unlike some other surgeries, the amount of bone and cartilage trauma required for rhinoplasty means that the swelling and bruising won’t be gone completely for up to a year. The majority will be gone, but there may be some present for months past when you’d normally think healing would be complete.