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Three Things to Know About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is an exciting surgery. Having your nose reshaped to be more visually pleasing as well as functional is a cause for joy and enthusiasm, and a grand procedure also has a lot of factors that contribute to its success and the amount of time required to heal. Patients considering rhinoplasty should be very familiar with not only the basic procedure, but with some of the more unusual aspects of the surgery as well.

Healing Takes a Full Year

While you’ll be ninety percent healed from the rhinoplasty surgery in a matter of weeks, the last bits of swelling can take almost an entire year to fully work their way out of your system. The changes after the first few months will be so slight that they will not be highly visible in the mirror or to friends and family members, but there will be gradual changes as your body fully embraces the new contours of your nose and all swelling disappears.

You’ll Be Congested for Up to a Month

Following rhinoplasty, you’ll have a stuffy nose. And that stuffy nose is going to stay with you for a very long time unfortunately. There is a great deal of swelling that occurs with a nose job, and the swelling you see on the outside of the nose is by no means the only swelling that occurs. The inside of your nose is swollen as well, and that bit of swelling can make it hard to breathe easily through your nose for a long time – up to a month. As the swelling gradually subsides, of course, your breathing will be easier again.

Teenagers Can Have Rhinoplasty

There are very few surgeries that are acceptable for young teens, but rhinoplasty is one of them. Girls as young as fourteen and boys as young as sixteen are candidates for rhinoplasty, especially if they have a medical situation like a deviated septum. The teen years are often an ideal time for the procedure, and it is an option that is available.

 

 

Nose Jobs and Congestion

Those who have a nose job for a deviated septum look forward to being able to breathe easily for perhaps the first time in their life. Others who are having cosmetic work done are simply looking forward to breathing nicely through a beautiful new nose. One side effect of a nose job that many simply aren’t aware of before the surgery is the amount of time that you won’t be able to breathe easily.

Surgical Packing

Immediately following the nose job, the surgeon will use packing or specialized gauze to fill in the nasal cavities. This is to preserve the newly created shape of the nose and support it in the first days of healing. An unfortunate side effect of the nasal packing is that you simply can’t breathe through your nose so long as there are rolls of gauze in the way. Some surgeons remove the gauze in the day after surgery, while others wait a few days to ensure the nose is healing well.

Nose Job Swelling and Congestion

After the surgeon has removed the packing, it may feel natural to try and take a deep breath – after all, your nose isn’t blocked artificially any longer. Unfortunately, rather than a clear breath, you’ll likely discover how congested your nose. The swelling that you see on the outside of your nose following surgery is actually mirrored on the inside of your nose, filling most of the space normally available for breathing.

For up to two or three weeks following surgery, you’ll continue to be congested. The swelling must go down gradually, but as it does your breathing should improve steadily as well. Breathing concerns and congestion should be discussed with your surgeon at all follow-up appointments as only he will be able to determine if the healing process is progressing correctly in your individual case.

 

Rhinoplasty and Exercise

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is the ideal way to restructure the most prominent element of your face if it has been making you uncomfortable or causing medical issues. A deviated septum that often goes along with a broken or bumpy nose can cause medical issues as well as aesthetic ones. One area to consider before a rhinoplasty, however is the amount of time that you’ll need to fully recover.

While a small area of your face, a rhinoplasty procedure is a full surgery. The procedure will leave you uncomfortable, and you’ll have plenty of requirements and recommendations from the plastic surgery following the operation. One of these requirements will be the amount of exercise you can, or rather can’t, do following surgery. You’ll be almost completely out of commission for two weeks following surgery and you’ll have additional requirements and limitations for up to six weeks.

For those who enjoy a healthy work-out routine, taking six weeks of can be troublesome, but it will simply represent a balance in priorities during this time. In the first weeks after surgery, you’ll feel the effects of the surgery strongly. If you’re taking the pain medication the surgeon prescribes, it would not be safe to do more than shuffle around your home. After two weeks, the surgeon will likely lift some of his ban on exercise and you’ll be able to get moving again, although without any great intensitiy.

It’s possible walk briskly or even do some yoga or pilates a few weeks out from surgery. Your body will likely feel fine at this point, but your healing nose is still fragile and it may be susceptible to nose bleeds if you push yourself too hard. Save any hard workouts and heavy breathing for at least six weeks following surgery. Any contact sports or dangerous activities that may put the new shape of your nose at risk should be put off for at least six weeks if not indefinitely.

Understanding Nose Job Concerns

Those considering rhinoplasty may have concerns about the surgery and what the process entails. Having concerns about rhinoplasty is only natural, of course, as making even a small change to your nose can change the way your face appears for the rest of your life. Patients should discuss any concerns they may have with the procedure with their  surgeon, of course, and do what they can to understand the procedure prior to their initial consultation so that they are aware of the best questions to ask during the meeting.

Scarring from Nose Jobs

Facial scarring is never appealing, but fortunately, there is little chance of significant scarring from a nose job procedure. The incisions for rhinoplasty procedures are very small and often made inside the nose itself. Incisions made outside of the nose are tiny and located in natural creases of the nose so that they are all but invisible when they heal and form tiny scars. As the scars fade over time, they will be almost completely invisible.

Healing from Nose Jobs

The healing process from a nose job isn’t as painful or as long as many may think. The most discomfort from a nose job occurs when the packing gauze is in place. Once the packing is removed, the nose moves infrequently and with mild pain medication, there is almost no discomfort so long as the head is moved carefully. There will be bruising and swelling following the rhinoplasty procedure, but this can be disguised at least with clever make up tricks.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Since rhinoplasty is much an art as a science, there is always the chance that the nose created during the nose job may not be what the patient hoped for. In this case, the surgeon may return to the nose later in a revision rhinoplasty. Ultimately 15 percent of rhinoplasty patients opt for revision rhinoplasty. To reduce the chances of changes down the road, it is best to work with an experienced and careful surgeon initially.