If you are considering a rhinoplasty, you should feel absolutely sure that the procedure is right for you. A nose job can significantly improve your self-image and help you feel more comfortable in social situations but undergoing the procedure is a personal decision that should be taken very seriously. Many people who are interested in rhinoplasty and discuss their desires with a surgeon are surprised to learn about the care, recovery and patience involved. So before you sign your name on the dotted line, be sure you that you are suited for every part of the surgery, before, during and afterwards.
Meet with your surgeon
The only way to determine that a rhinoplasty is right for you is to meet with a board certified surgeon who can assess your qualifications. Typically, candidacy for rhinoplasty will include good general health and realistic expectations. Your surgeon will likely conduct a physical examination, review your medical history and talk with you about the reasons why you would like a rhinoplasty performed. A surgeon will also explain the risks and recovery involved as well as answer any questions you may have. The goal during this initial consultation is to help you make an informed decision about whether a nose job is right for you.
Plan your recovery
Although you may be the only person receiving a rhinoplasty, it’s not unusual for patients to need some help from one or two people as they adjust to their recovery. Assistance with everyday tasks from a family member or friend can make your recovery much more manageable and help you remain comfortable as you heal. Part of feeling calm and collected during recovery is planning a routine before your surgery begins. Proactive measures like taking off work for the week, preparing meals so that you don’t have to cook and rearranging certain furniture so that it’s easier to navigate through your home may not seem like useful tactics but can seriously give you peace of mind and allow you to heal thoroughly.
Manage your expectations
Many people who desire plastic surgery forget that the final results take time to appear. In the case of rhinoplasty, you may be waiting as long as 12-15 months to see the full effects of your surgery. It’s important to set your expectations before scheduling your surgery so that you don’t find yourself feeling frustrated or impatient during your recovery. The swelling of your nose may also ebb and flow as you heal, which can be a cause for concern; however, if you have realistic expectations, you should know that any swelling during the recovery process is normal.
Prepare for your new look
It may seem trivial to mention but you should expect your face to look different during your recovery and once you heal. At first, your new appearance may be jarring for you but in time, you will get used to your new appearance and love the way you look. Before your rhinoplasty, your surgeon will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your nose will look, which will help you become accustomed to your new appearance. Overall, you should be excited for what’s to come when you decide to schedule your surgery.
A rhinoplasty is an exciting procedure that can improve the way you look and feel — just make sure you know what to expect first! If you would like more information on rhinoplasty or to determine whether the procedure is right for you, contact Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.