Check out the top five things you should know and need to consider before undergoing a Rhinoplasty treatment.
- Plan to Take Enough Time off and Take It Easy
Generally, you’ll need to take off at least seven to 10 days, but you can minimize the amount of bruising and swelling if you stop aspirin, fish oil and vitamin E at least two weeks pre-operatively. Once the splint after is removed a week post-op, you may consider taking a few days before to returning to work. A lot of patients tend to schedule surgery before the holidays when they know they’ll have some extra time off.
- Does Rhinoplasty Hurt?
You will not have a significant amount of pain. You will have some discomfort and bruising and a stuffiness feeling for the first few days. You will have a splint on. You may have some swelling in your eyes. You may or may not have internal nasal splints. Dr. Matthew Karen, plastic surgeon and Rhinoplasty specialist, prefers not to use packing, as this is very uncomfortable, but this may cause some nasal stuffiness or inability to breathe through your nose. This is normal. The key is to keep the nasal airway clean with regular tap water cleansing of the nostrils to keep the airways open during the post-op recovery.
- What Is Normal After a Rhinoplasty?
It is normal to feel congested and have swelling around the face and eyes, as well as some slight bleeding from your nostrils for the first several days and you may feel tired. All of this is normal. It is very important to not begin exercising for at least three-to-four weeks, especially if you have had nasal or septal surgery. An increased heart rate above 100 may cause increased swelling and even bruising and bleeding
- How Long Will It Take for My Nose to Look Normal?
Your nose will look much better right after the splint is removed, but it may take up to a year to have the final result. You may have some swelling, which will go down over the first several weeks and then a lot of the rest of the swelling will go down over the next four-to-six weeks; the rest may take up to 12 months after your first rhinoplasty. The tip of your nose will be swollen longer than the top of the nose and may also be numb for the first six months.
- Choosing the Right Surgeon for You
Choosing the right surgeon for your Rhinoplasty is most important because Rhinoplasty is the most difficult operation in plastic surgery, as it is a surgery of millimeters and requires significant experience and expertise. Dr. Karen is board certified in facial, plastic and reconstructive surgery. He received his certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also board certified in otolaryngology. After completing his residency, Dr. Karen was accepted to a highly competitive fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Fred Stucker, a world-renowned Rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgeon.