Designing the perfect nose requires the dexterity of a perfect plastic surgeon. Though rhinoplasty is a commonly performed plastic surgery, it is necessary to identify the right surgeon and ask the right questions.
Talk to your surgeon and get answers to these key questions:
How many rhinoplasty surgeries have you performed?
As the adage “Practice makes perfect” suggests, the experience of the surgeon determines the result. You need a surgeon with skill and experience in conducting rhinoplasty surgeries. Also, ensure that the surgeon is certified by an authorized board.
Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
Confirm with your surgeon if the hospital is well-equipped and authorized to conduct rhinoplasty surgery. This is important to ensure that the hospital can handle any complications.
How do you plan the surgery?
Your surgeon will engage in pre-operative planning to assess your nose and other facial features to ensure an aesthetic result. He/she might also use computer software to manipulate your photo to show the look you can expect after the surgery.
What is the cost of the surgery?
Surgery costs depend on the type of surgery required for your nose. Generally, the costs include hospital costs, surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, medical tests, and medical prescriptions. Keep in mind that the experience of the surgeon affects the cost.
What type of anesthesia will be used for the procedure?
Rhinoplasty can be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation. General anesthesia should be administered only by a trained anesthesiologist.
How should I prepare for the surgery?
Your surgeon will conduct pre-operative tests and examine the thickness of the skin inside and outside your nose. Avoid medications before the surgery.
What happens during the rhinoplasty procedure?
During rhinoplasty surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions to raise the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage, and then reshapes the structure based on the requirement.
How long does the recovery process take?
During the recovery period, a splint or packing will be placed inside your nose to support the new structure. Though swelling subsides in a week, wait for a month to engage in vigorous activities. (comp.utm) It takes almost a year to completely see the results.
What are the risks associated with the surgery?
Risks may include:
Difficulty in breathing
Most of the above risks can be managed by your surgeon.
Will I have post-surgery scars?
Post-surgery scars may exist, but are hardly visible. Closed rhinoplasty eliminates the risk of scars but is not suitable for all. Follow precautions as advised by your surgeon to minimize the scars.