At What Point do Rhinoplasty Patients Typically Become "Happy" with Their Noses?

I've noticed that many rhinoplasty patients struggle with identity loss and post-surgery regrets initially, but grow to love their new nose as the healing process continues. Is there a certain timeline you've noticed for this? I'm seven days post-op, fairly swollen and bruised, and trying not to panic. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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Satisfaction with Rhinoplasty

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Satisfaction with ALL forms of Cosmetic Surgery depends on realistic expectations by the person undergoing the procedure. If the patient has unrealistic expectations of what could be accomplished, he/she would be disappointed with all perfectly done procedurs whose results fall short of such expectations. The human nose has multiple qualities and attributes and changing it will impact on all of them, in effect, changing not only appearance but affiliation with a racial / ethnic group and being part of a certain family (IE "Grandpa's nose etc). Rhinoplasty is associated with prolonged swelling lasting as long as a year. At your point of the recovery process, I would not anguish about it or have "buyer's remorse". It is WAY too soon for you to feel this wa. Have confidence in yourself and your surgeon. Dr. Peter lade

Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Image changing versus image rejuvenation

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Rhinoplasty is a surgery with major psychological ramifications. In contrast to a facelift, in which you rejuvenate a person's image to a former recognizable appearance, nose jobs are image changing and when you look in the mirror, you are seeing a person you have never seen before. It can take time and generally the older you are the more difficult it can be assuming a "new identity'. Rarely people need counseling. However, it is not uncoomon to experience feelings of self doubt wtih second guessing your decision. Generally this passes as you incorporate your new desired appearance.  

Enjoying Rhinoplasty Results

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The timing of post-rhinoplasty satisfaction depends on pre-op discussions and education. A patient who has realistic expectations, understands the the healing process and the evolution of the final result will trust their physician and accept the fact that their nose will look worse before it gets better.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Happy Rhinoplasties

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Hi Perp,

"Happy" is very subjective.  Relax and try to be patient, enjoy your recovery time.  Everyone is different.  Know that it will take at least a year for your nose to settle.  Depending upon your rhinoplasty surgeon, your nose should continue to improve over time.  Hope that you love your new nose.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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