If you consider yourself a good candidate for a rhinoplasty, there are certain steps you can start taking to get the process underway. For those of you who don’t know, a rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure – also referred to as a nose job – that involves the restructuring of the nose.
A rhinoplasty is not for everyone, but for those of you who don’t like the appearance or functionality of your nose it could be the way to go. Before you undergo the procedure, you need to choose a rhinoplasty surgeon that you are comfortable with and get all of the vital information. During your initial consultation, these are the top questions you should ask your plastic surgeon.
Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?
First and foremost, you should get a professional opinion on whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Typically as long as you are healthy, a rhinoplasty is possible. But you also want to make sure you are only undergoing the procedure if you have put some thought into it. With any surgical procedure, there are potential risks involves so make sure you understand those risks.
What are the steps involved in a rhinoplasty?
You will always start the process by consulting with a rhinoplasty surgeon. He or she will determine if you are a good candidate and also explain everything you need to know. Once the best route for the procedure has been determined, you can undergo the surgery.
A rhinoplasty is considered an invasive procedure using what is called the “closed” technique. This means that incisions are made on the inside of the nasal cavity. During less common and more difficult “open” rhinoplasties, there is also an incision made on the skin between the nostrils.
How long will surgery last and what is recovery time like?
Depending on the patient and the conditions of the nose, the procedure can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 4 hours. It all depends on the complexity of the surgery, but your surgeon should have a good idea of the time frame ahead of time.
The recovery time can also depend on each individual patient. In general the recovery period should take about one week. Swelling and bruising will definitely take place and should start to get better around the 5th day. This is also when the external splint and surgical stitches are removed. Everything should be completely back to normal within 2 weeks of the surgery.
Are there any risks involved in my procedure?
Just like any invasive surgical procedure, there are potential risks involved in a rhinoplasty. This is unlikely to happen, but there is always a chance of infection, scarring, septal perforation, or nosebleeds.
Will insurance cover my cosmetic surgery?
This is something you’ll have to check into with your insurance provider. Generally speaking, cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance plans. If your rhinoplasty is meant to help with breathing problems, however, there is a chance that it will be covered. This all depends on your provider and individual policy.