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Should I Have Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures with very good reason. The surgery itself doesn’t take very long to perform and the worst of the healing is complete in a matter of days. Best of all, the rhinoplasty procedure leaves behind a pretty, straight nose ideally suited for your face – giving you an entirely new appearance to enjoy the rest of your life.

Of course, while there are many terrific perks to a rhinoplasty procedure, it is not a surgery that is suited to every individual. In fact, many individuals are not ideal candidates for rhinoplasty and should discuss the possibilities with a surgeon carefully. The best determination for surgery is what you and your surgeon decide together.

Are You Healthy? 

While weight does not have much to do with rhinoplasty, unlike many other surgery options, there is a concern about overall health with rhinoplasty. Patients who have chronic conditions, who are obese or underweight and those who make unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking or excessive drinking are not ideal candidates for rhinoplasty.

Patients who are taking any form of medication will need to discuss the implications of that medication with the surgeon prior to the procedure to be sure there will not be any interference or problems during the surgery itself and the recovery. Blood thinners and even aspirin are problematic for patients.

Can You Afford Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure which means it is not covered by insurance. The rhinoplasty procedure would need to be paid for out of pocket or financed through a special medical loan. The procedure must be paid for prior to the surgery as well.

The Best Time for Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a major surgery and choosing the best time for rhinoplasty can be challenging. While there is not one season in particular that is better than another for the procedure, there are elements to consider when planning for the procedure.


Price should not be a major concern when it comes to scheduling rhinoplasty procedures. The surgeon offering seasonal discounts may not be the best one for performing your procedure, but there are “off seasons” for plastic surgery. Discounts are more likely to occur in periods away from the holidays and the summer months.

Healing Times

A nose job takes two weeks at the minimum to heal. If you’re trying to enjoy a major sporting activity or even swimming with goggles, you must wait at least two weeks following surgery for light activities and up to six weeks following surgery for contact sports, strenuous athletics or even wearing those swim goggles or mask. Planning a rhinoplasty procedure three weeks before a snorkeling trip would be poor timing.

Likewise, trying to squeeze in a rhinoplasty surgery just a few weeks before your busy time at work will be taking a gamble. There is a chance the surgery date will need to be adjusted slightly or you may need an extra week of healing before you feel ready to head back to the office. Leaving yourself extra time to heal will help avoid disruption to your work activities.

Major Events

Weddings, reunions, important meetings and other gatherings are catalysts for us in changing our appearance. But the swelling from a nose job can take up to six weeks to heal completely. If you’re planning to show off your new appearance at a family event, be sure to plan for a minimum of six weeks recovery time prior to the event in order for the swelling and bruising to disappear completely.