Rhinoplasty FAQ

shutterstock_69637726-300x239Rhinoplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure for reshaping the nose, and it is one of the fastest-growing procedures in terms of popularity year over year. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that rhinoplasty can correct everything from difficulty breathing to bumps on the bridge of the nose, bridge width, nose size, and even large or asymmetrical nostrils. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions regarding rhinoplasty surgery:

What Is the Recovery For Rhinoplasty Like?

You will wear a splint on your nose for about the first week after surgery, and will possibly have some bruising or swelling in the first few days. Most patients are back to work within two weeks, and back to their normal exercise routine within four weeks. Your surgeon will tell you exactly when vigorous exercise is acceptable.


What Does the Surgery Involve?

Youll be given general anesthesia for the procedure. An incision will be made in the lining of your nostrils, or alternatively between the nostrils, depending on what exactly youre having done. The surgeon will then remove any excess cartilage or reshape the cartilage you have, close the incisions, and send you to recovery. The procedure usually takes about two hours.


What Are the Risks of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, so it does have risk of complications like a negative reaction to anesthesia, or infection. There is also the risk of scarring, asymmetrical or unsatisfactory results, numbness of the skin, or swelling. Selecting a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is an excellent step to take to reduce these risks, as they have extra safety training and are up to date on the most advanced and safe procedures. Carefully following all post-op instructions also reduces the risk of complications.


Am I A Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Youre a good candidate for rhinoplasty if you are over the age of 16 and a non-smoker who wants to undergo the procedure for personal reasons and not to satisfy anyone else. A good candidate will understand the risks and will be able to follow all post-operative instructions carefully.


When Can I See My Final Results?

As soon as the packing is removed from your nose and the splint is taken off, youll see a noticeable improvement in your noses appearance. The swelling will continue to go down for a few days, and your final results will then be visible.

If you have any questions about rhinoplasty in Northern Virginia or would like to schedule a free consultation, please call our offices at (703) 574-2588.

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