Rhinoplasty is among one of the most popular cosmetic procedures there is. But just because it’s popular and widely accessible, doesn’t mean you should rush in. Here we’ll take a closer look at what to expect from rhinoplasty to help you to decide if it’s right for you.
Why Get Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is typically done to enhance the balance and proportions of the face. But it’s not just for cosmetic reasons that people undergo rhinoplasty; some people require it to open the airway and improve the function of the nose. A person may have breathing problems, a deviated septum or even a birth defect that can be corrected with rhinoplasty. An injury can also require that the procedure be done to correct the damage.
Who Is the Best Candidate for the Procedure?
Just like with every medical and cosmetic procedure, you want to be sure you are the ideal candidate for the process. For rhinoplasty, you will want to be over 17 years of age (this is when your nose stops growing). You also need to be in good general physical health and have a bone structure that is well-defined so results can be optimal. You can speak to the Rhinoplasty experts at SpaMedica for more details.
How Long Does It Take?
You may be surprised to learn that rhinoplasty doesn’t take that long to perform. The typical procedure will last about 90 minutes. This of course will depend on the patient and the extent of the work being done.
Does It Hurt?
Pain isn’t something that most people want to rush blindly into, so it’s okay and normal to feel scared about how the procedure will feel. During the procedure itself, you will be under anesthesia so you won’t feel anything. Any pain associated with it will be after the fact, i.e., once that anesthesia starts to wear off.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
This brings us to the aftercare and what to expect. In general, you can expect to feel some pain, discomfort and have swelling during the initial couple of days. Typically, this will all be gone about three to four weeks later. During this time, you may experience minor headaches, bruising and swelling (of the nose and around the eyes), tenderness, difficulty breathing out of your nose, some stuffiness, itchiness on the nose and even a bit of numbness on the tip of your nose.
All of these issues should start to clear slowly over the coming weeks but, if they persist or get worse, it’s best to talk to your doctor.
Rhinoplasty has become a more common procedure nowadays but it should still be seen as a serious procedure that requires research and thought on your part to ensure it is the right procedure for you.