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How to Make Sure You Have a Successful Rhinoplasty

Posted by: Specialty Care Institute in Uncategorized on January 13, 2022

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your nose? Do you feel like your nose does not fit your face?

These are some reasons that someone may consider undergoing a procedure like a rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to reconstruct and reshape the nose. Keep reading to learn more about rhinoplasty and how to make sure yours is successful!

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that changes the physical appearance of your nose. You may also hear a rhinoplasty referred to as a “nose job.”

The cosmetic procedure can help in many ways. It can improve the angles and shape of your nose, correct a past surgery, and treat breathing problems or an injury.

There are two types of nose jobs: closed and open rhinoplasty.

The primary difference between the two is the type and location of the incisions made by your surgeon. When it comes to open rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon creates a cut in the columella (the area under your tip) that is well concealed.

In closed rhinoplasty, your surgeon will make incisions inside your nose but won’t touch the columella.

As a result, closed rhinoplasty is typically less invasive, enabling you to recover quicker with less scarring. Both options have their advantages, and your surgeon will recommend the most effective method for your goals and individual needs.

The Recovery Process

You may experience some bruising and tenderness under your eyes and on your cheeks for about two weeks after having rhinoplasty. The surgical area will be splinted or packed on the inside for most people.

Your plastic surgeon will cover the outside with a dressing to support the new nose contour and offer protection. Your surgeon will advise you to keep the bandages in place for a week, before removing them together with any sutures.

After three weeks, most patients can start performing light activities and return to work. Every patient is different, so how quickly you heal will depend on your body.

Your surgeon will recommend when it’s best to resume work. Many patients notice gradual results after about a month. This is the time that the swelling starts to subside and tissues heal.

It can take an entire year for the swelling to completely go down and the new shape of your nose to form. The soft tissues in your nose often stay swollen for longer than other parts of your body after you’ve undergone a rhinoplasty.

Do’s and Don’ts of the Recovery Process

You can do several things to make your recovery go more smoothly. Try following these things for the most successful recovery possible:

Do’s

Organize Your Ride to and From Your Procedure

After you’ve had a rhinoplasty, you won’t be able to drive yourself home. Make sure you find someone who can drive you there and back well in advance.

Arrange Your Care

Once you’ve undergone a rhinoplasty, it’s a good idea to have someone who can take care of you for the first day of your recovery—having someone around will be a massive help. They can help with food preparation, assisting with your medications, and anything else you may need.

You’ll be able to spend more time focusing on your recovery and less worrying about your basic needs.

Attend All Your Follow Up Appointments

Check-ups after rhinoplasty at Specialty Care Institute are critical. They enable your plastic surgeon specialist to confirm whether you’re recovering well. Ensure you attend all appointments and follow all instructions your surgeon gives you.

Pay Attention to Instructions

Looking things up online can be helpful. However, you run the risk of getting inaccurate information from the internet.

Only follow the instructions you receive from your specialist for the best results. Make sure you understand and follow your post-surgery instructions exactly as directed.

Before returning home, your surgeon will tell you which medications to take, how and when to take them, and how to care for yourself. These will all minimize your risk of injury and infection while ensuring the best possible outcome as you heal and recover.

Get Plenty of Rest

Make sure you sleep for at least 8 hours. If possible, nap in the daytime as well.

Resting is essential for your recovery. It enables your body to recharge and restore the energy needed to heal itself.

Eat Nutritious Meals

You’ll be required to fast after midnight on the night before your rhinoplasty procedure. One of the best ways to prepare before having a rhinoplasty is to get into the habit of eating nutritious meals three weeks before your surgery.

It’s important to increase your protein intake by including foods like lentils, eggs, meat, and chicken to speed up your recovery. You’ll also want to fill yourself up with vitamins A and C.

Sources of vitamin A are dark leafy greens like kale and spinach. These are incredible immune boosters that can help fight off infections after having any surgery.

You’ll find vitamin C in broccoli and citrus fruits, among other foods. Eating enough vitamin C boosts the production of collagen that connects skin tissue. Also, think about adding foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. They have anti-inflammatory properties that aid with swelling.

Don’ts

Stay Away from Alcohol for At Least a Week Before Your Rhinoplasty

Alcohol lowers your immune system, causes dehydration, and can interfere with your recovery. After your rhinoplasty procedure, consume no more than two drinks daily as you recover.

Drinking more may increase your risk of falling and injuring yourself.

Avoid Smoking

You must stop smoking right before and after your surgery. The nicotine in tobacco prevents proper blood flow, making it harder for your body to heal on its own.

Don’t Ignore Unusual Side Effects

Side effects like slight bruising or redness on your cheeks and under your eyes are typical, but these should disappear within two weeks. You might also feel some soreness, but this should subside in a few weeks.

 An unusual side effect is experiencing any severe pain or discomfort that prevents you from completing simple, daily tasks. If this happens, contact your ENT specialist immediately.

Expert Rhinoplasty Specialists

The rhinoplasty specialists at Specialty Care Institute utilize cutting-edge technologies and time-tested rhinoplasty techniques to deliver personalized outcomes. Our team will listen attentively to your unique needs during your comprehensive evaluation and customize a treatment plan to meet or even exceed your expectations.

Are you interested in a cosmetic rhinoplasty? Schedule your appointment at Specialty Care Institute at one of our many locations to learn more!