10 Things you should know before a Nose Job

Nose job is a procedure that will help to alter your nose in a way that restores balance to your face. But before you decide to have a nose job, here are 10 things you should know.

10 Things you should know before a Nose Job

Your nose is a pretty dominant feature on your face and it can affect the appearance of the rest of your face.  A nose job, or rhinoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that will help to alter your nose in a way that restores balance to your face and your other features. But before you decide to have a nose job, here are 10 things you should know.

1. You need to choose the right surgeon

Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure which requires skilled hands, one who specializes in cosmetic surgery. Also you must be comfortable with the person altering an important feature of your face. So you should choose wisely in order to achieve an outcome that complements your natural beauty.

2. Ask to see before and after photos of previous operations

Don’t be afraid of asking your surgeon about his or her experience in this area. You should look at before and after photos of patients they’ve previously operated on to help give you an idea of the results, and to help you form an opinion about your surgeon’s surgical skills.

3. Plan to take enough time off

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated forms of facial cosmetic surgery and, depending on the extent of the surgery, your recovery may take up to two weeks. You’ll need to take this period of time off work.

4. Plan for some bruising and swelling

Bruising and swelling is variable so don’t plan your parties and trips for at least 1-2 weeks. The key is to keep your head elevated and minimize your activity. Don’t get your heart rate above 100 for the first 10 days. Apply cold compresses or ice gel to your eyes. Don’t wear glasses for the first 3-4 weeks; contacts are fine after 2-3 days.

5. It can take up to a year before you see the full results

Swelling and bruising will begin to go away after 1-2 weeks, and a good majority of it will be gone after four to six weeks. But for the last bits of swelling to go away and the final results to be visible, it could take up to a year or a little longer. During this time, the swelling will gradually disappear and the skin and soft tissues around the nose will contract and adapt to the reshaped framework of your nose. The key is to be patient.

6. Don’t begin exercising for 3-4 weeks

It is very important that you don’t exercise for at least 3-4 weeks. Exercising may increase your heart beat to above 100 and that can cause more bruising, swelling and bleeding.

7. it’s not just for women

Nose jobs, or cosmetic surgery in general, is not just for women. Men can have the procedure done as well. And it seems more and more men are opting for cosmetic surgery, as the numbers are up over 300% since 1997!

8. Not everyone is an ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for a nose job is one who is unhappy with the appearance of their nose. However, you must be willing to be flexible and have realistic expectations. In order to heal properly, you must be in good overall health and it is recommended that you quit smoking, or at least stop until you are fully healed.

9. Considerations for other procedures

When changing the shape of your nose, it is possible that other features may become out of proportion. For example you may need a chin augmentation to balance out your nose.

10. Have realistic expectations around your results

You shouldn’t be afraid to discuss your wishes with your surgeon. They’ll tell you whether your desire is realistic and achievable. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of your existing nose. It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t expect “the perfect nose”, or expect to have the nose of someone else. You may like a celebrity’s nose but they might have a different bone structure than you and that can lead to different outcomes in your surgery. So you should have realistic expectations from your surgeon and rhinoplastic surgery.

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