What does a typical rhinoplasty consultation mean for patients?
A plastic surgery consultation will give you the chance to meet the right surgeon and discuss him/her what you really want out of your rhinoplasty surgery and how much of this idea you have in mind is accessible through your surgery. Your doctor will discuss your goals with you and will explain what can be achieved in reality.
The Surgeon will take into account your entire face and bone structure to see what type of nose would suit you best. He will give you some computerized picture of your face of how it would look after the surgery. The rhinoplasty procedure highly depends on the individual and result varies person to person!
It’s believed that ideally you want an ear, nose and throat surgeon with training in facial plastic surgery. Someone who only has experience in plastic surgery can make your nose look more beautiful but they may not have any idea of the internal function of the nose. There is no point in having a good-looking nose if you can’t breathe through it.
Surgeons with Double-Board or those who are Board-Certified for cosmetic and facial surgeries would be your best choice since their board acceptance shows they have passed all related test and are aware of all aspect of rhinoplasty procedure.
After he or she is done, the incisions are closed. Your nose may be packed with gauze or other material and a splint or cast may be applied. You will be awakened after the procedure, and after two hours of recovery, you can go home. You must have someone to drive you home since you will not be able, to drive yourself. The packing usually comes out in a day or two and the splint or cast, if you have one, comes off in about 7 days.
Talking to prior patients is another good way of ensuring that you are in a good hand before you really go under the knife! It usually gives you the idea whom you are going to deal with as your facial surgeon and a well-rounded opinion.
Because the back of your nose connects to your throat and stomach, you may have swallowed some blood during the surgery. This can cause nausea, and you may vomit a black-looking mixture within a few hours of surgery. Usually, nausea subsides after you throw up. If you continue to vomit and/or run a high fever, contact your doctor immediately.
The cast on your nose may give you some discomfort feeling and removing the cast could be somehow painful for you. You will need to sleep with your head elevated for several days to a week after your surgery. Bruising and swelling will be present for several days after surgery and your nose will be sensitive for about a month and a half during your rhinoplasty recovery.
You should be really careful not to bump your nose for several weeks after the cast has been removed since your nose is not as strong as it used to be until almost 2 or 3 months after the surgery.
Ice packs or cold compresses can help reduce swelling and discoloration around your eyes. Some people with sedentary jobs go back to work after 3-5 days. If your job, however, requires strenuous activity then it may take as long as 3 weeks to return to work. Most people return to work in about 1 week.
Risk of infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia and bleeding. Even when a skilled surgeon performs your surgery, sometimes your body may not heal correctly or have adverse reactions causing undesired results. It is possible that you will need additional surgery (Secondary Rhinoplasty).
You may lose your sense of smell for a period of time. Visible scarring is usually minimal if the incisions are made inside of the nose, but if an open technique is used, scars may be visible for some time. You may also simply be unhappy with the results. Rhinoplasty has the highest rate of revision of cosmetic surgery.
If you need to stay overnight in a hospital or in a recovery center, it will cost you extra. You can discuss the fee for your procedure with your surgeon since they usually have plans for you to pay the fees. Here may be extra fees for the use of the surgical center or for the anesthesia. Find out what extra fees there will be in advance.
Some portions of some rhinoplasties will be covered by your health insurance if you have documented “breathing difficulties”. You need to contact your health insurer to find out what could be covered. Your surgeon’s office can contact your health insurer, but make sure that you get things in writing from the insurer.
However, there are plastic surgeons who understand African-American rhinoplasty, and how to give you the nose you want without making you lose your heritage in the process. This is true for Asian-American rhinoplasty, as well. The key point to rhinoplasty especially in African-American noses or Asian-American noses is experience dealing with these noses.
Don’t assume that the surgeon must be African-American to have the sensitivity and skill you need. That may be true, and it might not be. You are looking for a surgeon with skill, artistic sensibility, to your needs, and those qualities are not tied to any one skin color. You could see Before/After photos of previous patients to make sure that your choice of plastic surgeon is the right decision.