Top 10 Rhinoplasty Questions

One of the most common cosmetic operations performed worldwide is rhinoplasty. Numerous inquiries from new patients are brought on by its popularity.

What is a rhinoplasty, exactly?

A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that modifies the nose’s structure and shape.
A rhinoplasty procedure aims to make the nose seem better (aesthetically), make breathing easier (functionally), or sometimes both.

Who does rhinoplasty surgery?

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has received the appropriate training should perform rhinoplasty procedures. Both facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons typically perform them. However, many otolaryngologists (ENT) surgeons with experience and training also undertake rhinoplasty surgeries.

Who is eligible for a rhinoplasty?

When deciding whether to get rhinoplasty, numerous factors are taken into account, including:

Age: To avoid any potential difficulties and lessen the need for additional surgery in the future, surgeons advise waiting until growth and bone maturity are complete before undergoing surgery. The majority of young women acquire skeletal maturity between the ages of 15 and 17, whereas young men may continue to grow skeletally from the age of 18 until their early 20s.

For aesthetic nasal surgery, individuals must be 16 to 18 years old, as a general rule.
However, some patients receive rhinoplasties as children due to medical need.

Goals and Expectations: Before a consultation for rhinoplasty, take some time to consider your goals and expectations and assess their viability.
It’s a good idea to do some research, but keep in mind to see an expert surgeon for advice and remember to ask questions.

Medical History: Rhinoplasty may not be a possibility if you have a medical history or a condition that would make surgery impossible or raise your risk of complications.
Patients should seek advice from their surgeon and primary care physician if they are unsure about whether rhinoplasty surgery is a good option for them.

Finances: Rhinoplasty is an investment, and costs rise as surgeons get more talented, knowledgeable, and experienced.
Like with any cosmetic treatments, there are prices associated with an anesthesiologist, the surgery facility, postoperative supplies, and medications in addition to the surgeon’s fees and consultation expenses.

How much time does healing require?

Rhinoplasty recovery varies from patient to patient and case to case. Typically, within the first three months following surgery, patients have a 70–80% reduction in swelling. There will, however, be some swelling that lasts for a full year. This might possibly go on for more than a year. This is just the way the nose heals, not a characteristic of patients or doctors. It is significant to remember that according to your surgeon’s detailed recommendations is the best approach to recover quickly.

Can a pregnant woman have rhinoplasty surgery?

No. Patients who are pregnant are not encouraged to have any type of elective surgery.
Ddoctors advise delaying your initial consultation for at least three months after giving birth. Depending on whether a mother is breastfeeding, surgery might need to be postponed even longer.To make sure that surgery is safe for you, especially if you are pregnant, always check with your surgeon, obstetrician, or primary care physician.

Are outcomes prompt?

No! You will have tape and an external splint on your nose just after the rhinoplasty.
In the hours and days following surgery, swelling and minor bruising may then appear.
You’ll start to see the effects of your rhinoplasty after these brief changes in appearance start to fade after a few weeks. But as was already stated, it will take at least a year (12 months) to get your desired outcome.

Are there various rhinoplasty procedures?

Yes! In rhinoplasty surgery, a variety of approaches and techniques are used, each with a different end objective, healing time, etc. For instance, with an open rhinoplasty, the external portion of the nose is where the incision is performed. Additional rhinoplasty options include closed, liquid, tip, and more.

How will having a nose job effect my ability to breathe?

Depending on your rhinoplasty objectives. You might decide to get a rhinoplasty particularly to facilitate better breathing. However, if a trained surgeon does a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, it shouldn’t have any adverse effects on your ability to breathe. In either case, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon will base each surgical choice on your final objective and seek out the most efficient ways to improve your breathing.

How frequently is a rhinoplasty allowed?

Rhinoplasty should only be done once, although occasionally corrections are necessary.
Most surgeons frequently emphasize the necessity to wait a year following rhinoplasty before thinking about a revision rhinoplasty. This is based on data showing how the nose recovers and changes throughout time.

You and your surgeon can discuss the possibility of a revision rhinoplasty after enough time has gone since your initial procedure if you’re still unhappy with the results.
However, it should be the intention that this is not required.

Are nose jobs and rhinoplasty the same thing?

Yes! Rhinoplasty is the formal and acceptable term for a nose job. It is carried out to improve attractiveness, reshape the nose, or solve breathing problems, as was described in answer to question one.

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