There are things that you are open to talk about with everyone, but there are those that you can only share with your closest girl friends like your plan to get the nose job of your dreams. You are lucky if you have a girlfriend that knows a lot about the subject because after all, you have the “same feathers,” so to speak.
But one thing’s for sure – you can never get enough information on getting surgery and it would be best to consult professionals too. Below are the essentials you need to know before someone touches your nose.
10 Important Things to Know Before Getting the Nose Job
1. Take a Break
After the procedure, you can expect some bruising or swelling to happen and the healing period may progress differently for everybody, which is often around 7-10 days.
2. Expect Bruising and Swelling
As a normal part of a nose job, the bruising and swelling is expected within the first 3-5 days and should be gone within 7-10 days. Just keep your head elevated and try to avoid strenuous physical activity.
3. Think 12-15 Months Ahead
The procedure does not end after you get the nose job. Keep in mind that there is a possibility for the residual swelling to take 12-15 months to completely disappear.
4. No Exercise for the Meantime
Because the nose job is still in its healing stage, avoid exercising within the first 3-4 weeks. This is specifically more important for those who had a nasal or septal surgery. An increase in your heart rate above 100 can worsen the swelling, thus making it longer for you to heal.
5. Sensations After Surgery
Be prepared to feel some amount of pain and a little discomfort after the surgery. There may also be a stuffy feeling within the first few days and while the splint is on. All these are normal, and you must keep the nasal airway clean with regular tap water.
6. Think of them as Normal
Although the signs are alarming by usual standards, it is normal for a patient to feel congested and experience swelling around the face and eyes after the operation. Some bleeding from the nostrils is also expected to happen within the first several days after the procedure. It can also be expected that you might feel tired due to some discomfort and medication side effects.
7. Pain on Your First Post-op Visit
Since there will be some internal and external nasal splints for removal on your first post-op visit, you may be advised to take some pain medication before going to your surgeon. You may not be advised to drive afterwards because it might have side effects that might render you risky to drive. When the splints are finally gone, breathing would be significantly better, but it might swell again for those who got a septal surgery. To keep the swelling down, use a significant amount of saltwater solution to irrigate the nostrils.
8. Time When the Nose Looks Normal Again
Do not be shocked or disheartened, but it might take a year for the nose to look as normal as you would like it to be. Expect the tip of the nose to get swollen longer and numb up to the first six months after surgery. However, it doesn’t mean that you would stay holed up in your room the entire time. Your nose will look presentable, but the results will take almost 12 months due to the healing that have to take place internally. What you need to be concerned about would be complications which could be displayed as redness, fever or chills, and pus coming out of the nose. These need immediate attention.
9. Get the Right Surgeon for You
Being the most difficult cosmetic surgery procedure to perform, you must get the best one to do the job. Look for someone with whom you are very comfortable with and someone who is willing to give you the big picture and not just the words that you would like to hear.
10. There Might be a Revision Surgery
Though not common at all, a revision surgery might be necessary when there is a residual dorsal hump, the tip would still be bulbous, or when there is obstruction of the nasal airway. Ultimately it would be the patient’s decision, but with advise by the surgeon.
The Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon
1. Ask if he is board certified
2. Ask how many procedures the surgeon has done
More than the credentials, it would be important to know how many patients he has had. Demand for before and after pictures of his patients to know the aesthetics of the surgeon.
3. Ask if the surgeon is devoted to rhinoplasty alone
There are some doctors who decide to shift expertise and move to rhinoplasty as the next one. If this is the kind of doctor in front of you, know where his priorities and expertise are.
4. Ask for the last time the surgeon performed rhinoplasty
Like any other skill, rhinoplasty requires constant practice. A surgeon who has not performed it in a while is not the best one for you.
5. Ask for the surgeon’s satisfaction rate from the patients
The satisfaction rate of the surgeon is the best indicator of the surgeon’s expertise. The doctors know this and would usually have a record to show for prospective clients to go over.
6. Ask for revision policies
This might not be the first thing on the patient’s mind, but it would be good to know the contingency plans for the procedure in case something goes wrong.
7. Ask for revision rates
It is smart to be aware of how much you will be charged in case something goes wrong with the procedure.
Ask for the duration of the procedure
It helps to know how long the procedure will take, what is involved, and the important things to expect. It is also important to know the recovery time to be aware if you are healing on schedule.
8. Ask for possible complications
Not to belittle the abilities of the surgeon, you just need to know the complications and the possible ways to avoid them.
9. Ask for the specific rhinoplasty technique
There are different techniques in the market with the different implications and requirements. Know the exact one your surgeon is going to use on you.
10. Silicone Versus Gore Tex
Now that you have basically decided to push through with the rhinoplasty, a crucial element is the material that is going to be used for the implants. Nowadays, you have Gore Tex and silicone as your options. They are used to fit the nasal characteristics of the patient.
Gore Tex is made of fibrillated polymer of polytetrafluoroethylene and has pore sizes in the range of 22um. This lets the tissues grow and has a good track record with the surgeons who have used it.
Even if this was the case, silicone is still the best implant for rhinoplasty because it is the most compatible among all the implants, and it has the ideal qualities to create natural-looking results. One of its biggest advantage is its ability to allow the growth of limited tissues while staying stable. It can also be placed within the tip in a strategic manner to support tip and raise it to the level that is needed. This kind of stability is important in achieving the natural looking nose that you have been dreaming of.
To learn more about getting a rhinoplasty in Australia, book your consultation now with Dr. Andrew Kim of Advance Beauty Cosmetic. Dr. Kim is board-certified and has a long list of satisfied clients. Call us now or simply fill-out our inquiry form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim today!