Rhinoplasty 101: What to Expect During Your Nose Job Procedure

The latest statistics show surgeons perform more than 200,000 nose reshaping surgeries (rhinoplasties) a year in the U.S.

Are you considering rhinoplasty? Are you wondering what it entails? Nose jobs are for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic reasons.

Keep reading for a rhinoplasty 101 guide and learn what to expect before, during, and after your nose job procedure.

Before Your Nose Job Procedure

Look for the best plastic surgeon in your area. You’ll do an initial consultation with the doctor. At that time, she’ll ask you about your concerns and goals for the procedure.

Are you unhappy with the shape of your nose? Is it too big or too small in relation to your face? These are all reasons for a nose job.

A deviated septum and breathing issues are other reasons some people opt for surgery. Repair of a birth defect or injury is a common reason people seek rhinoplasty.

The surgeon looks at your nose, the skin around your nose, and your other features. The doctor performs a physical exam and asks about your medical history. It’s important you’re open about your goals and expectations with the doctor.

Surgery Prep

If you smoke, you’ll need to quit 4-6 weeks before the procedure. Smoking constricts the blood vessels which reduces oxygen in your blood and prevents healing. It also increases your chances of infection and blood clots.

Medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen increase your risk of bleeding. Quit any medications such as ibuprofen two weeks before surgery and for two weeks post-surgery.

Stay well hydrated before and after surgery by drinking plenty of water. This helps with your recovery.

During the Nose Job Procedure

What happens during the procedure? The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist puts you to sleep and monitors your breathing.

In some cases, you’ll have local anesthesia and sedation and won’t be completely asleep. It depends on the extent of the surgery.

A nose job is done internally or through an external incision. Procedures vary depending on the reasons for and goals of the surgery. Correcting a deviated septum is different than reducing the size of the nose.

After the Procedure

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, you may or may not stay the night in the hospital. For most people, nose surgery is an outpatient procedure. You’ll go home soon after you wake up from the surgery.

Follow the doctor’s post-surgical instructions carefully for the best outcome. Get plenty of rest after your surgery.

Make sure your head is higher than your chest, even when sleeping. This reduces swelling and makes breathing easier. You may have some drainage that requires a drip pad taped loosely under the nose.

Is Rhinoplasty for You?

Are you considering a nose job procedure? Find out more by visiting a board-certified surgeon and discussing your options.

From smoothing out a bump to helping you breathe easier, there are many reasons for rhinoplasty. Don’t put your life on hold because you’re unhappy with your nose.

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