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Nose Surgery- Rhinoplasty

Nearly half a million people annually consult plastic surgeons to learn
more about how they can improve the appearance of their nose.
The reasons for doing so are endless: some people don’t like the
way their noses have changed with age, others just don’t like the
nose they were born with, and yet others have had injuries or
illnesses that distorted the look of their nose. But no matter the
reason, because the nose is the most prominent feature of the
face, the slightest alteration in it can make a big difference.

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Are you a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty? Find out

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Are You a Good Candidate For Rhinoplasty?

If you are truly interested in facial plastic surgery and want to be a good candidate for the procedure, you need to be in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome. It’s also important to understand the rhinoplasty procedure, which will help you to understand that creating the ideal nose isn’t possible. Surgeons can only make some improvements to the appearance of the nose.

It’s also required that rhinoplasty patients be old enough to have the procedure. Full growth is generally reached at age 15 or 16, so patients younger than that won’t be considered for the surgery, unless they have a medical condition that affects their breathing.

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Rhinoplasty

Whether you’re having surgery done for cosmetic of functional reasons, it is essential that you choose a qualified plastic surgeon to do the job. The surgeons with the highest level of experience have dual professional backgrounds in plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat medicine.

A trained surgeon will first examine the external and internal features of your nose, to get an idea of how rhinoplasty can work for you. During your consultation, your surgeon will explain the potential risks as well as the expectations involved in the surgery.

Understanding the Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty literally refers to the shaping of the nose. The first step in the surgery involves the incisions, which allow the surgeon to access the nose cartilage. Most rhinoplasty incisions are made inside the nose, where they aren’t visible. Then the surgeon will add, remove or rearrange bone and cartilage to give the nose a new look.

Next, the tissue is draped back over the new nose frame and the incisions are closed. The patient will have to wear a splint over the nose until the incisions heal. 

Post-Surgery Expectations for Rhinoplasty Surgery

The nose splint must be worn for up to eight days. You can expect your face to feel puffy on the morning after your surgery. If you need pain medication, your surgeon can prescribe something for you.  You will be instructed not to blow your nose for at least a week after the surgery.

You may also experience swelling in the eye area, which can be alleviated with cold compresses. About a week after the procedure, the splint will be removed along with any nasal dressings.  

Plastic surgery that is done primarily for cosmetic reasons is generally not covered by insurance. However, if you are having rhinoplasty to correct a significant deformity or to improve your nasal function, your insurance carrier may reimburse part or all of the cost. You should talk to your insurance company prior to your surgery to find out what, if any, coverage is available to you.

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