What Should I Expect From Rhinoplasty?

What Should I Expect From Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty operation, commonly called a nose job, does not always involve the exact same steps. The procedure is adjusted based on the particular anatomy and objectives of the patient. It is possible for this procedure to be conducted within the nose or via a small incision at its base, in between the nostrils. Typically the surgeon alters the cartilage and bone beneath the skin. There are a few different methods that can be used for augmentation of the cartilage and bone. Factors include the materials available, the shape of your nose, and amount of the augmentation. If the adjustment is relatively minor, the physician may be able to use cartilage from your ear or elsewhere within your nose for augmentation. If the amount of the augmentation is more substantial, the doctor can use implants, bones from elsewhere in the body, and cartilage from your ribs.

How to prepare for your rhinoplasty consultation

Getting a rhinoplasty procedure is not just about the operation itself. It is also about knowing what to ask and what you need to get out of an initial consultation. A few things that you will want to cover include:

Other possible elements of the consultation are:

You want to use this consultation to its fullest, getting answers to all your questions. Questions you want to ask, organized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, include:

What should you expect from rhinoplasty surgery?

Knowing how to prepare for your consultation is one thing. What about when the actual surgery occurs? It is important to know what to expect, in part simply so that you feel comfortable and are not unnecessarily worried or stressed. These basic guidelines and advice from Johns Hopkins Medicine give you a sense of what a patient should expect from this operation:

It is common for someone who gets a rhinoplasty operation to be back at their job or back in class in a week. Your surgeon’s instructions will be key in expediting your recovery.

It is a good idea to limit certain types of activities during the week directly following surgery. Those are:

What are your unique goals?

Are you considering rhinoplasty? At the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Macdonald uses state-of-the-art techniques and technology to achieve customized results focused on each patient's unique goals and needs. See our before and after photographs.

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