Going through rhinoplasty
Look for a surgeon with a state-of-the-art suite and a high rating. When talking with the surgeon, make sure he or she fully understands what you want, but don’t forget to listen to the doctor’s advice — you might need a chin implant instead of a nose job.
Two weeks before undergoing rhinoplasty, you should stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E or herbal supplements, and stop smoking if you smoke. One day before surgery, cut back on salt. Arrange for someone to drive you home afterward. After surgery, you will spend a lot of time breathing through your mouth. This is why you need lip balm and beverages, to keep your mouth from drying out. Don’t do anything strenuous, and don’t blow your nose.
There will usually be swelling and bruising in the nose. The bruising will fade within a week to ten days, while the swelling can last for several weeks. You won’t know exactly what your new nose looks like until the swelling is gone, and not everyone who gets a nose job is satisfied with the results. According to a study published this month in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, an average of 3.3 percent of nose jobs need revision. So the odds are in your favor — but if you’re one of the unlucky ones, you should wait for at least one year after the first nose job.
Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s top rhinoplasty surgeon. He has done only facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs, since 1988. If you live in or near Charlotte and want a nose job, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.