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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.