Rhinoplasty: Three Things Patients Must Consider

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a popular procedure with patients thanks in no small part to the huge amount of difference a small change can make in appearances. While a nose job is tempting for anyone who struggles with aspects of their facial appearances, all prospective rhinoplasty patients should understand the procedure and what to expect from it.

Rhinoplasty Changes Your Nose

While your nose is a prominent part of your face, reducing it is size or reshaping your nose won’t change anything about how close together your eyes are or if the size and shape of your lips. Reducing your nose may make your other features more prominent changing the proportions of your face, but rhinoplasty makes changes onto your nose; it is not a means to make changes to your face overall.

Rhinoplasty May Not be Perfect

Rhinoplasty is a combination of surgery and art. The surgeon performing the procedure has tools to make small adjustments to your face in order to present you in your best light, but he may not have the skills to match your nose to a picture you saw in a magazine once. Instead of considering a dream nose, think of what you’d like to change on your own nose to make it more satisfactory – change the tip? Narrow the base? Remove the hump? That way you’re approaching the surgery realistically.

Recovery Takes a Long Time

Surgery to your nose can have a long recovery process. While you won’t be in pain or experience discomfort for more than a few days, swelling and bruising may persist for months at a time. Some swelling, particularly in the tip of the nose, may last up to a full year. The long-term benefits, however, far outweigh the irritation with the longer recovery period.