Nose Jobs Tips: 10+ Things to Know about Rhinoplasty

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Having rhinoplasty is a big decision to make and it’s always great when a patient has thoroughly researched and has a good understanding of what to ask about and also what they need to definitely avoid. However not everyone has the time to thoroughly research or know where to look for the right information as everywhere claims to be providing the right info anyway. I wanted to make it a little easier for people to get to know rhinoplasty and what you can expect from the procedure in the UK. Below is an introduction to some of the things you need to consider when thinking about having a nose job or nose reshaping procedure.
Be realistic. There is a lot you can do – you can reduce, increase and generally change the shape and size of your nose but there are limitations. Techniques have raced along with the technology available but there is a limit. Aim for a nose you’ll be happy with because the ‘perfect’ nose is unrealistic.
Ensure you ask how your surgeon will reduce risks. For instance, you need to accept the risk of needing a revision surgery should complications arise but ensure you know how the medical team lessen such risks.
Choose your plastic surgeon very carefully. It’s often said that rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult plastic surgeries to perform, requiring considerable skill and experience to minimise risk and maximise results. You want to be working with a surgeon who wants to achieve a natural look suited to your gender identity, a nose that’s also in harmony with the rest of your face. You might want a drastic change but they will hopefully help you understand what can and what should be done to ultimately help you.
Ask the surgeon questions, ask to speak to previous patients and make sure you see before and after pictures.
Results take time. Swelling is one of the biggest issues for patient post-procedure. It may seem like the swelling will never go away but be patient. It can take many months for the full result to show. Allow 12 months to see the majority of the final result (around 80+%).
Results aren’t entirely dependent on the surgeon’s skill and techniques, you are as well. That means no smoking! It’s very important to reduce risks where possible. A healthy lifestyle in the lead up to and after the procedure will limit the risks. It’s not a part of your body worth gambling on. Also often the ideal candidate would be quite young and have a smooth clear complexion, good skin, firm nasal cartilage and good health overall. Don’t worry if you’re not, most aren’t, but be prepared to understand results can’t be predicted entirely by the surgeon. There is always an element of uncertainty. How your body responds and heals is largely up to your body.
Ensure your surgeon is experienced in treating people with your issue and ethnicity. Make sure you see evidence.
Make sure you have a good plan that allows for a contingency plan or plan B. Things can change. While we recommend a comfortable 7-10 days off work following a primary rhinoplasty, you may decide you need a few more days or make arrangements to work from home. However you might not need that long so be prepared to surprise yourself and respond to your surgeon’s advice and how you feel. While some things, like exercise (it increases blood supply and therefore potential swelling and bruising as well as increasing risk of infection from sweat), are off limits for many sensible reasons you may take less or more time to be able to do other things. Be prepared to make time for additional follow-up appointments with your surgeon.
Avoid going abroad to save money. Every procedure has risks and you need to be able to afford to go back to the clinic for follow-ups, especially if a risk becomes a reality. If you’ve travelled abroad on the promise of a cut-price offer, you may end up paying a lot more ultimately. Be careful. Only go abroad for cosmetic surgery if you want/need a specific clinic/practitioner.
Is there Aftercare? Make sure you know exactly what is covered in the quoted price. Ask what will happen if something goes wrong. Another reason why it’s important to research. Lots of clinics offer aftercare but it’s not always clear what that means as there is no set agreement in the industry.
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London Plastic Surgeon