What to Expect Before and After Your Rhinoplasty (aka: Nose Job)

Rhinoplasty, more commonly called a “nose job,” is one of the top five surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States. Each year, more than 200,000 men, women, and teenagers undergo surgery to change the shape of their noses. In fact, rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic surgery for American teens. 

If you wish your nose were thinner, shorter, or had less of a bump, rhinoplasty performed by the expert team at Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas, can transform your nose and bolster your self-image. Like most cosmetic surgeries, a nose job is a very personal decision, so if you’re considering this type of procedure, take a few minutes to learn what you can expect before and after rhinoplasty. 

Rhinoplasty can revise your nose in both form and function

Most people want a nose job so their nose appears more symmetrical and in proportion with the rest of their facial features. But did you realize that rhinoplasty can also improve how well you breathe? 

You might not like the size or shape of your nose, but if you have a deviated septum that’s causing an obstructed or partially obstructed airway, a nose job can help correct this problem, as well. These internal structural defects occur as a result of heredity or injury. 

A nose job not only can improve your appearance, but also can help you breathe easily, for example, which allows you to sleep better. Simply put, when your nose is in better alignment, it functions better.

Step 1: Consultation

Because a nose job is a highly individualized procedure, your doctor at Renaissance Plastic Surgery begins with an in-depth consultation in which you discuss your goals regarding the appearance and function of your nose. Your doctor may show you before-and-after images of revised noses or digital images of what your nose will look like after surgery. 

Rhinoplasty can resolve more than one issue at a time, including some of the most common nasal problems, such as:

Your plastic surgeon also talks to you about your health history during your consultation, including any medications you take, past surgeries, existing health conditions, and if you’re a smoker. Smoking can impede your body’s ability to heal after surgery.

Additionally, teens generally should be at least 15 years old for girls and at least 17 years old for boys to ensure that their noses have stopped growing and reached full maturity.

At any age, you should have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of your nose job. While the surgery can certainly boost your self-confidence and help your face appear more in proportion overall, rhinoplasty isn’t a magic solution that resolves deeper body image issues. 

Step 2: Surgery

Your doctor may recommend closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty means the incisions are inside your nose. Open rhinoplasty means that in addition to interior incisions, you also have an incision across the columella — the tissue between your nostrils. 

Open rhinoplasty gives your surgeon more access to make changes within your nose, such as removing or repositioning cartilage. Your doctor at Renaissance Plastic Surgery recommends the type of surgery that works best for your nasal revisions. 

Rhinoplasty surgery may take 1-3 hours to complete, and it’s typically an outpatient procedure. You’re under anesthesia while it takes place so you don’t feel any pain; you’re asleep and comfortable the whole time. 

Step 3: Recovery

When you wake up after rhinoplasty surgery, your nose is bruised and swollen. Most people experience these symptoms as mild to moderate discomfort. Often, you can take over-the-counter pain-relievers to manage your pain. Our team explains which medications can help keep you comfortable in the first few days after your nose job.

You may also have bruising under your eyes, so it’s a good idea to make plans to stay at home and rest for a least a couple days after surgery. You’ll likely have splints inside your nose and bandages outside your nose as you recover. You must avoid strenuous activity — like jogging, swimming, or heavy lifting — for a few weeks to give your nose time to heal. 

Something else to consider is that you may not be able to wear your glasses immediately after surgery and in the days following. We advise you when it’s OK to do so; in the meantime, you can wear contact lenses if you have them. 

Anything that puts pressure on your nose could interfere with healing and the new shape of your nose. Although swelling subsides within a few weeks after surgery, it can take up to a year for your new nose shape and contours to fully define themselves. 

If you’re curious about rhinoplasty, the first step is to schedule a consultation. Give us a call at 972-378-3870, or request an appoint using the book online feature.

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