Many people would like to improve the size and appearance of their nose, which is why rhinoplasty is one of the top plastic surgery procedures. Here Dr. Erwin Bulan provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty.
Who Is a Good Rhinoplasty Candidate?
Only those whose facial growth is complete are rhinoplasty candidates. Except in rare cases, it is not a surgery for those under age 18. The individual must enjoy good health.
A good candidate has realistic expectations of what rhinoplasty will do. While the procedure improves appearance, which boosts self-confidence, the patient should not think their life will change magically after rhinoplasty.
Smokers are not good rhinoplasty candidates. If you smoke, quit at least six weeks prior to your operation.
How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?
The patient is given an anesthetic, and the surgeon proceeds to operate on the nose using small instruments placed through minute incisions. Much depends on the type of changes required, as some rhinoplasties may involve obtaining cartilage from other parts of the body. Each rhinoplasty procedure is uniquely tailored to the individual patient.
Is Rhinoplasty Covered by Insurance?
Rhinoplasty performed solely for cosmetic purposes is not covered by insurance, but that is not the case when the operation is done to relieve breathing problems or to correct deformities as a result of trauma. The insurance company requires detailed medical evidence of any type of breathing obstruction or trauma, and must pre-approve any procedure.
How Long Is Rhinoplasty Recovery?
Nasal stuffiness due to swelling is a primary side effect of rhinoplasty, but most people experience little pain after the procedure. An over-the-counter pain medication should relieve any discomfort felt in the first few days.
Post-surgery, expect a splint to stay in place for up to a week. That is how long most patients decide to stay home from work. The surgeon then removes the splint, but the nose may retain swelling for up to six weeks. For most patients, the swelling becomes relatively minor after two weeks. When surgery involves the nasal septum, nasal packing or an internal septal splint may be used for the first 48 hours.
The area around the eyes remains discolored for several days, but after that, makeup concealer will hide any traces.
While most people in relatively sedentary occupations can resume work within a week after surgery, it is important to avoid any strenuous exercise for at least three weeks. Those whose jobs involve a lot of physical labor may have to stay home from work longer.
The final result of rhinoplasty is not apparent for a while. Minor swelling in the nose may persist for several months, and only when this swelling subsides are the results complete.
For More Information, Contact Bulan Plastic Surgery
If you would like more information about rhinoplasty and how it can improve your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bulan. Call his New Jersey practice today or contact us online and make an appointment.