Preparing for a Nose Job
Finding the Right Surgeon
Finding the right plastic surgeon to do a nose job may seem like a daunting task, but you just need to know what questions to ask and what to be looking for. You should feel good about your surgeon, as though he or she is listening and understands what you really want. It’s important that your surgeon give you a visual representation of the expected outcome of your procedure so that you know that you’re on the same page in terms of how you want your nose to look after the surgery.
Before forging ahead with a particular plastic surgeon, you need to check out his or her credentials. Plastic surgeons should be board certified and in the case of rhinoplasty, they should also have 5 to 15 years of experience performing this type of surgery. A respectable surgeon will only perform surgeries in accredited medical facilities, and ideally the surgeon that you choose will specialize primarily in doing nose jobs.
Questions to Ask at the Initial Consultation
- Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?
- What are your areas of specialization?
- Do you have special training in doing nose jobs and if so, how much special training do you have?
- Is a nose job a good procedure for me?
- What facility will you use for the nose job surgery?
- What technique will you use for the nose job?
- What are the risks and side effects associated with a nose job?
- How long will it take for me to recover?
- What should I expect during the recovery process?
- What will I look like?
- Are there before and after photos of other patients that I could see?
Preparing for Surgery and Recovery
By preparing properly for a nose job surgery, you can hasten your recovery process considerably. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes in the weeks leading up to the surgery, eat well, and exercise. By taking care of your body prior to surgery, you will diminish the risks associated with the surgery and decrease your downtime.
Most patients walk out of surgery feeling fine, but you’ll still need to have a friend drive you home. Indeed, you should have someone stay at your house for the 24 hours after the surgery as well to take care of whatever needs to be done so that you can rest. By lining up friends or family to help out in the first 24 hours after the surgery, you can get the rest that you need and allow your body to begin the healing process with full force.
Be sure to get all of your medications before the surgery so that they’re ready and waiting for you after you get home. Take your pain medications and antibiotics in a timely manner, on schedule. You may have pain and tenderness as well as a headache and staying on top of medications can help keep discomfort to a minimum.
Don’t blow your nose, though it may be stuffy and bleeding occasionally. Most doctors recommend waiting at least a week after the surgery before blowing the nose. After about a week, most patients are able to return to work and within two to three weeks, patients are able to get back to their daily routine, including exercise.
Keep the surgical dressing inside the nose dry as you’re healing from the procedure. Within a couple of weeks, it will then be time to remove the stitches and dressings so that your nose can begin to function normally again.