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What should I know before getting a nose job?


On your face, your nose is a rather prominent feature. It can alter the look of the rest of your face and detract from other attractive characteristics when it is crooked, overly wide, or even too small. A nose job, also known as rhinoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery operation that can help change the shape of your nose in a way that balances the rest of your features and the rest of your face. Here are five things you should be aware of before getting a nose job, though.

  1. Request prior procedure before-and-after photos

Your surgeon must have a depth and breadth of experience in rhinoplasty and facial cosmetic surgery. Asking your surgeon about their expertise in this field is nothing to be afraid of.

To have a better understanding of the outcomes and to form an opinion about your surgeon’s surgical abilities, you should look through before and after pictures of patients they’ve previously operated on.

  1. Ask your surgeon several questions

Make sure you choose the best surgeon for your needs when you’re thinking about getting a nose operation.

Ask specific questions prior to any surgical operation, such as if the surgery is a good option for you, the surgical technique they plan to use, and the degree of patient satisfaction.

You’ll feel more at ease knowing that both the operation and the doctor performing it are the best choices for you as a result.

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  1. You must take a minimum of two weeks off from work

One of the most difficult types of facial cosmetic surgery is rhinoplasty, and depending on the degree of the procedure, recovery could last up to two weeks. You’ll have to skip work at this time.

It’s important not to blow your nose because doing so could make the procedure less effective.

Your surgeon will give you painkillers and anti-sickness medicines to help offset some of these symptoms. Rest and sleeping with your head raised will be required of you. You should be able to socialize one week after surgery, at which point your nasal splint will be removed.

  1. The full results may not be available for up to a year

Your surgeon could put a splint over your nose throughout the procedure for support and to stabilize your new form. When your splint is removed, around 1-2 weeks after surgery, you should be able to instantly notice changes in the contour of your nose, despite being swollen.

After surgery, you can experience brief but lingering edema for several months. Your surgery’s ultimate outcome could not be apparent for up to a year, and occasionally longer. During this time, the swelling will slowly go down, and the skin and soft tissues around the nose will tighten and adjust to the new shape.

  1. Set attainable outcome goals

Do not be reluctant to communicate your desires to your surgeon. They’ll let you know if your goal is doable and reasonable. I think that the best results come from keeping your nose’s function and giving it a natural look.

The goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to enhance the appearance of your natural nose. It’s crucial to keep in mind that you shouldn’t strive for “perfection” or assume that you have someone else’s nose.

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