It may well be the case that, for many years now, you have been growing increasingly unhappy with how you look, either due to a change in your appearance due to environmental factors or simply because your confidence has started to diminish.
Now, undeniably, confidence and happiness in oneself comes and begins from how you feel on the inside. However, in the case of struggling to breathe properly due to the size or shape of your nose, or indeed feeling increasingly low when looking at photographs or in the mirror due to your nose shape, something physical can be done.
With that being said, here is everything you need to know about rhinoplasty surgery.
Your Initial Consultation
First and foremost, once you have booked your initial consultation with your chosen qualified and accredited cosmetic surgeon, you have started on the road to having your nose reshaped or restructured and your confidence in how you look is restored.
An experienced Denver rhinoplasty surgeon will discuss the following topics during this first meeting:
- A detailed assessment of the structure of your face
- Your expectations for the outcome of the surgery
- Any issues of a functional nature or problems with breathing
- Any medication you are taking and your medical history
Your Preoperative Assessment
After you have had all your questions and queries answered, both in your consultation and on follow-up calls, you will be asked when you are looking to book your surgery. Before the surgery, you will be called into the clinic for a preoperative assessment.
During this appointment, you will be asked a series of detailed questions. You may well have time with your surgeon, too, and your medical history may well be delved into in a more detailed way. You may also be invited into the clinic for a blood test (which will not cost any extra), should your surgeon or nurse deem it necessary.
The Day of Your Surgery
On the day of the surgery, you can expect your procedure to last around two hours, from administering the local or general anesthetic to the placement of splints externally around the nose to support the new shape and allow your nose to heal fully.
The operation itself will involve the creation of small incisions within your nostrils (in the case of a closed rhinoplasty) or across your columella (in the case of an open rhinoplasty), followed by the actual reshaping of the bone and cartilage.
Afterward, dissolvable sutures will be inserted to close each incision.
As with any operation, the area on and around your nose will be bruised and swollen, and in many cases, this bruising also extends to the eye area, and this can last for weeks as you heal. After-care for a rhinoplasty includes resting your head with your face elevated to the ceiling, either in bed or else on a supportive chair, avoidance of any strenuous activities such as gardening, for example, and several follow-up appointments with the practice nurse.