Four Things to Consider Before Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Rhinoplasty surgery at ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center is designed to improve the function and appearance of your nose. While this procedure can improve your quality of life, the decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a personal one, and patients should consider all aspects of the process before making any final decisions. Here are four things you may want to consider before undergoing rhinoplasty with our team in Atlanta, GA.

1. Candidates must be cleared for surgery

Rhinoplasty surgery is not necessarily for everyone. Ideal rhinoplasty candidates at ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center are in good general health and have specific goals in mind for their results. For example, some people undergo nose reshaping to improve breathing due to a deviated septum, while others are unhappy with their appearance because their nose is too large, crooked, or has a bulbous tip.

All potential candidates should schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. Our staff will perform a health assessment, ask about your goals, and ensure surgery is the best way to move forward.

2. There are different types of rhinoplasty

ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center develops personalized rhinoplasty procedures for patients. We may recommend either an open or closed technique based on what issues are being addressed.

An open rhinoplasty could give surgeons better access to the nasal structure. Incisions are made just inside the nostrils and around the columella, the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made entirely inside the nostrils.

No matter which technique is chosen, we may remove excess tissue and cartilage as needed or increase cartilage for nose reshaping. The skin is then reformed and draped over the new structure. Our staff may complete the process with sutures inside the nose or the natural external fold.

3. Rhinoplasty recovery does take time

Rhinoplasty patients are carefully monitored before being released home. Bruising and swelling are common, as well as some discoloration under the eyes. Our staff provides detailed information about reducing these side effects through medications and cool compresses. We also recommend sleeping upright to alleviate the swelling. It generally takes 2 – 4 weeks to heal from rhinoplasty surgery before the results become more apparent.

4. Rhinoplasty results are long-lasting

Most people are thrilled with their rhinoplasty results and enjoy their new noses for many years. However, patients should follow all post-operative instructions to reduce their risk of complications and ensure optimal results. We may ask you to avoid the following:

  • Strenuous workouts: Exercise increases blood pressure and heart rate, which could lead to excess swelling.

  • Pressing down on your nose: Keep your hands away from your face to avoid infection and distortion of the results.

  • Blowing your nose: Blowing your nose too hard can disrupt the healing tissue and cause bleeding.

Schedule your rhinoplasty consultation

Nose reshaping is a big decision. Our expert staff at ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center is here to answer any questions you may have about rhinoplasty surgery and recovery. We also help you understand what to expect every step of the way. Call about a consultation, and learn how our team in Atlanta, GA produces safe and successful rhinoplasty results.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.