Rhinoplasty: 3 Things Patients Should Know

Rhinoplasty is one of the nation’s most popular plastic surgery procedures with good reason. The procedure can help to redefine a face nicely and sculpt a face almost instantly by giving the nose a new shape. When considering rhinoplasty, there are certain elements that the patients should absolutely be aware of.

Healing Takes a Long Time

Unlike other procedures where skin is cut and then heals, a rhinoplasty procedure involves the cutting of skin, the trimming of cartilage and even the breaking of bones. This means that the recovery process is considerably longer than you might expect. While you’re able to return to work a week or so after the rhinoplasty procedure, there may be significant bruising and swelling for weeks or months following the surgery. In some cases, the bruising and some swelling may last up to six months before the face is healed completely.

Revision Rhinoplasty May be Necessary

85 percent of patients who have recently had a nose job are satisfied and happy with the results. There are fifteen people in one hundred, however, who opt to have a revision rhinoplasty procedure down the road. This number should indicate that the creation of a new nose is just as much art as skill, and finding the right surgeon initially is critically important to the overall success of your surgery.

Nasal Packing Presents the Biggest Problems

Surprisingly it is not the broken bones or the incisions in the nose that cause the most discomfort for patients. Instead it is the nasal packing that is so uncomfortable for those who have had a rhinoplasty procedure. The nasal packing is present to help stabilize the nose, and can be left in place for several long days. Fortunately, when it is removed, the nose is well on its way to healing.