Rhinoplasty (most commonly known as a nose job) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. Because the procedure deals with a delicate and central area of the face, it’s important for patients to fully understand what to expect from the procedure. In this blog post, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah shares important tips every patient should know before getting rhinoplasty.
Check Your Plastic Surgeon’s Credentials
For the best results, your plastic surgeon should be trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery. These surgeons have the skill and requisite knowledge to successfully perform cosmetic nasal surgery as well as reconstruction of nasal deformities. Your plastic surgeon must also be certified by the American board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to govern plastic surgeons. In addition, it is wise to look at before and after photos of the surgeon’s past work. Each plastic surgeon approaches rhinoplasty differently; therefore, not all plastic surgeons yield the same results. You may find that you prefer one doctor’s technique more than another’s.
Be Open with Your Plastic Surgeon
Depending on your aesthetic concerns and goals, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining rhinoplasty with another procedure, such as eyelid or chin surgery. Combining procedures may result in a more balanced facial appearance. It is important to be transparent with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. The more you share, the better your plastic surgeon can design a treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns. To help you get a better idea of what your results will look like, Dr. Sayah uses a computer imaging program in which your personal images can be morphed to show you an approximation of what you will look like with your new nose.
Follow the Doctor’s Pre-Op Orders
Once you have scheduled your surgery, it will be time to prep for the big day. Your plastic surgeon will give you a list of detailed instructions to follow before your surgery. This will include when to discontinue taking certain medications and when to stop smoking. Take the time to read over these guidelines carefully. If you’re unclear on one of the guidelines, ask your doctor as soon as possible. Feel free to read Dr. Sayah’s most frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty.
Prepare for Your Recovery
Preparing for your post-op care ahead of time can help make the recovery process as smooth as possible. Ask someone to drive you home after surgery and to help get you into a comfortable position on the couch or in bed. Have plenty of liquids, soft foods and your prescription medication ready and nearby. Consider enlisting the help of a loved one for the first few days of recovery. Immediately after surgery, your nose will be swollen and bruised, and strenuous activity should be avoided. Having a loved one to help with chores, errands or childcare can help make your recovery a more comfortable one.
Interested in learning more about rhinoplasty? Schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sayah today. Please call his Beverly Hills practice today at (310) 905-8405.