Rhinoplasty

rhinoplasty dallas txIt is a sad but true reality that many people are unhappy with their noses. Men and women of all walks of life find themselves wishing for a less prominent facial feature. An option that provides a change, a renewed sense of self, and a better self-image is a rhinoplasty. Every single day, nose jobs give patients their desired look.

What a Rhinoplasty Addresses

When the team at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery discusses nasal concerns that could solicit a rhinoplasty, they prioritize noses that are misshapen, bulbous, small in nostril flare (or large in flare), and even those that protrude out and away from the face at an uncommon length. Whatever the concern, the right plastic surgeon can inform you if a nasal surgery will address it. Most noses can withstand rhinoplasty and have a quick heal time.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is a type of surgical procedure designed to proportion one’s nose on their face correctly. It is often used to correct impaired breathing troubles patients may be experienced due to a defect in the overall structure of the nose itself. When successful, the surgery will reduce nose size, nose width, and nose profile. The tip can be fixed, should it be bulbous or hooked, for example.

Your surgeon will begin the procedure by administering general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty is a closed procedure, which means the incisions will be hidden within the nose. Alternatively, an open procedure may be required, where the incision is made across your columella – the narrow strip of skin between the nostrils. By using one of these two incisions, the surgery can successfully reshape the entire structure of your nose by removing excess bone or cartilage in the immediate area. Additional cartilage grafts may be used to provide a more cohesive appearance once completed.

The Cost of a Nose Job

In most cases, a nose job addresses a cosmetic concern. However, in some cases, it addresses a medical one. Depending on your particular case, your health insurance may cover the cost, if it is medically necessary. However, if the procedure is self-pay, you can consider a few financing options. In short, there is no need to wait to get the nose you want.

A cosmetic surgeon who has your needs in mind will work with you, not against you, in financing your nose job. We at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery understand that a rhinoplasty isn’t just a trivial surgery; it is a life-changing procedure that brings out a new version of you.

What Next?

Considering a nose job? The first thing you need to do is research. Read up on how the procedure normally takes place, ask your surgeon what the normal healing time is for the type of rhinoplasty you want to receive, and communicate with your friends and family about aftercare.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopkins and the team at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery treat your rhinoplasty with the utmost respect and dedication to the desired outcome. Anything less than this wouldn’t have earned us the reputation we stand by. 972-298-6641

After Rhinoplasty

After a rhinoplasty, you can expect some temporary swelling around your eyes and nose. You may experience some slight bruising, as well. Your surgeon may place a splint inside your nose, to aid in the healing process. Everyone has a different recovery process; however, many patients experience intermittent swelling in the first year after a rhinoplasty. This occurs as your nose shifts, and the new structure becomes permanent. Do not hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions about recovery, even before they begin the procedure.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty is designed to reshape the nose. The procedure is often used to help facilitate better breathing habits or simply for cosmetic reasons. In either case, the recovery period is fairly straightforward. After the operation, your surgeon will insist on rest and relaxation for a time. Recovery varies from patient to patient. You can help speed the process along by taking care of yourself and following all of your surgeon’s directions.

After the surgery, it’s normal to experience a puffy feeling around the eyes and nose, which will be bruised and swollen. The bruising and swelling will dissipate after a few days. Cold compresses can help minimize the swelling and reduce further discomfort. It takes around 10 to 14 days for swelling and bruising to cease altogether. Furthermore, you’ll want to keep your head elevated and still for the first few days. It may be several weeks before you return to everyday life.

How Long Does It Take to Recovery from Rhinoplasty?

After a rhinoplasty, we recommend that you take up to two weeks off work. If your career relies upon physical appearance (model or actor), you may want to plan ahead and schedule your surgery for three months before camera time. For most people, two weeks is plenty of time to heal before returning to work.

In the first week, you’ll wear a cast over your nose. You may feel slightly congested and puffy during this time. Furthermore, you’ll most likely experience swelling and bruising. These symptoms will dissipate over time. In the second week, your sutures will dissolve or be removed. The bruising and swelling will have either improved drastically or completely disappeared. You can return to your normal routines, including exercise and work. Your nose will continue to heal for the next year, especially at the tip. However, the majority of your healing will be complete within a matter of weeks or months.

What Should I Not Do After a Rhinoplasty?

It’s vital to take care of yourself and your appearance after rhinoplasty surgery. You may think the recovery will be a breeze. You may have read stories from other former patients who took a vacation or held down the fort at home. However, every patient has a different recovery experience.

Your surgeon will recommend rest for a few weeks after the procedure. Some patients return to work and normal activities within two weeks. Again, everyone is different. First and foremost, avoid strenuous activity. Yes, this means skipping the gym for at least two weeks. Next, try not to blow your nose. We know this is a challenging task. However, blowing your nose can loosen your sutures and cause blood vessels to burst. Lastly, try to avoid taking a hot shower. Your cast must remain dry for the entire week after surgery.

How Do I Reduce Swelling After Rhinoplasty?

Every patient experiences some level of swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty surgery. Swelling is completely normal, so don’t freak out. Your face may even feel slightly puffy and uncomfortable. Thankfully, you can do a few things to reduce swelling:  

  • Keep Your Head Elevated – After your procedure, try to keep your head elevated and as still as possible. This will encourage fluid to drain downwards and away from your healing nose.
  • Drink Water – After surgery, drink plenty of water. It’s important to remain hydrated, as you’re more likely to release fluids.
  • Avoid Hot Water – It’s vital that you avoid hot showers, baths, or spas. The steam will make your swelling worse and cause your cast to fall off too soon.
  • Avoid Salt – Salty foods, such as chips or pretzels, cause your body to retain fluids. Instead, consume plenty of leafy greens and foods rich in Vitamin K.

Do you have questions about the post-op period after a rhinoplasty? Contact J Hopkins Plastic Surgery today at 972-298-6641; we’re happy to help.

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