Like any type of plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is a very personal choice. Dr. John Williams of Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge, with offices in Baton Rouge and Alexandria, Louisiana, is an experienced surgeon who offers these five things you should know about rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job. If you’ve decided to correct a functional or aesthetic issue with your nose — or both — keep the following tips in mind to make the most out of your experience.
1. Rhinoplasty: Procedure is uniquely yours
There is no single set of steps for nose surgery. Rather, Dr. Williams customizes a treatment plan based on your consultation with him and the goals you want to achieve through rhinoplasty. For example, if you want to change the shape of your nose, or remove a pronounced hump, Dr. Williams tailors a surgery to deliver those results, whether you choose a subtle outcome or more dramatic changes.
Ultimately, you want rhinoplasty to allow others to notice how perfectly proportionate your revised nose appears in relation to the rest of your facial features. The goal of rhinoplasty is not to make your nose look like someone else’s. Instead, it’s an individualized approach to helping you look and feel like your best self.
2. Looking better and breathing better
One of the most common types of nose surgeries combines an aesthetic transformation with a functional purpose. You may have a deviated septum as a result of an injury or because of the shape of your nose. When Dr. Williams reshapes a bump on the bridge of your nose or makes the tip of your nose less bulbous, he can also correct the internal structures of your nose so you can breathe more easily.
If you have breathing issues as a result of an obstructed airway, Dr. Williams advises how to best approach correcting this problem as well as providing the aesthetic results you desire in just one procedure.
3. You’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty if you don’t smoke
Smoking interferes with the healing process after surgery, especially when it comes to your nose. If you’re a nonsmoker, in good overall health, and you have realistic goals for the outcome of your surgery, you’re most likely a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
Additionally, the structure of your facial features should be finished growing before you consider nose surgery.
4. Postoperative pain subsides, but the tape stays
After your rhinoplasty surgery, you’ll have some pain and discomfort, especially during the first 48 hours. The pain typically subsides in 3-4 days, but the tape and splint that Dr. Williams places on your nose to support the new shape as you recover remains in place up to 10 days. Then, when you have a follow-up visit about a week after surgery, he may remove the splint and re-tape your nose for another 3-5 days.
While some people are comfortable returning to work or leisure activities after the first week, it’s important to plan ahead to avoid any strenuous activities, flying, or anything that may put pressure on your nose as it continues to heal. You’ll want to avoid blowing your nose, as well.
5. You’ll see results, then more results
Of course you’ll see a noticeable difference in the size or shape of your nose as the swelling subsides and you recover from surgery. However, it takes some time for the new contours of your nose to become completely refined. It’s not uncommon to notice subtle changes in the appearance of your nose in the months following surgery as it heals and adjusts into a permanent difference, which may be the better part of a year.
Since Dr. Williams provides digital imaging of your rhinoplasty results prior to surgery, you’ll have a good idea of the final shape and contours your nose will have after it has completely healed. It’s helpful to keep these images in mind as your nose adjusts to its new, complementary shape in relation to your other facial features.
To learn more about rhinoplasty and to find out if you’re a good candidate, call the office in Baton Rouge or Alexandria, or use the convenient online booking tool to request an appointment time.