Getting that perfect nose seems like a simple procedure with hundreds of thousands of people opting to have rhinoplasty surgery performed on an annual basis. However, there are a number of myths and misconceptions that the average person needs to understand before going under the knife.
1. The Surgeon
Not just any plastic or cosmetic surgeon is qualified or skilled in providing a rhinoplasty or nose job. It is essential to find a surgeon who not only has the necessary training but is experienced in the procedure and is registered with the relevant medical, surgical and cosmetic surgery boards or associations.
2. Your Expectations
There is only so much that a surgeon can do to change the physical structure of your nose with a rhinoplasty. Make sure that you discuss the results with your doctor and be aware that you may have to lower your expectations. The greater the skill and expertise of the surgeon, the more likely the outcome will be to meet your expectations.
3. Your Budget
Any type of surgical procedure is expensive. However, you don’t need to bankrupt yourself to undergo a nose job. A surgeon in training under the supervision of an expert cosmetic or plastic surgeon can perform the surgery at a fraction of the cost or you can ask your doctor if they can arrange a payment plan.
4. Your Recovery
You won’t see immediate results after the surgery. Your nose will be swollen, red, look misshapen and there may be some initial scarring. You may need to spend a couple of days recovering in hospital, 2 weeks off work and 6 weeks of restricted activity. It can take as long as year to heal totally and see the complete results.
5. Your Anesthetic
A rhinoplasty must be performed under general anesthetic supervised by a qualified anesthetist. However, the anesthetic and procedure can both be performed in the doctor’s rooms and your recovery can be monitored without the necessity of a hospital stay.
6. Your Insurance
Medical insurance will not cover elective cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures. However, if your surgeon can find a medical reason for the surgery to be performed, your medical insurance may cover a portion or the full expense.
7. Your Pain
Under general anesthetic, you will experience no pain during the procedure. During recovery, you may experience some pain but you will be provided with pain medication to alleviate the discomfort.
8. Your Risk
Just like any medically necessary surgery, a rhinoplasty carries certain risks which are mainly associated with undergoing general anesthetic. It is best to ensure that your are in good health and that you inform your doctor of any illnesses or chronic health conditions, whether you are taking any medication or if you have ever had a reaction to anesthetic in the past to minimize the risks.
Additional risks include infection, prolonged recovery or healing time and scarring that should disappear. The risks of a botched surgery are quite rare when performed by a skilled and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon even though the media portrays the procedure as high risk for an unsuccessful outcome.