Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, is surgery to make aesthetic changes to the nose, correct deformities as the result of heredity or injury, or to correct breathing problems. Nose surgery is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures today.
If you are unhappy with the shape or size of you nose, rhinoplasty may be your choice to change the width, size or position of your nostrils or the profile of your nose.
It is important to share with Dr. Bounds exactly what it is you like about your nose and of course what you would like to change. Realistic expectations about your appearance after surgery will ensure that you feel good about the process.
Rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using either local or general anesthesia. The surgery can take anywhere from one to three hours.
After the surgery, your surgeon will usually nasal packing to reduce bleeding.
The first thing you should think about when contemplating nose surgery is what your goals are. Are you considering nose surgery purely for cosmetic reasons or do you have breathing or other health problems that you believe could be improved with nose surgery.
If your goals are purely cosmetic in nature, you should have an idea about what you would like to see for the new you. if there are people whose noses you find attractive, it may be helpful to bring pictures to your consultation with Dr. Bounds to help better illustrate your expectations.
You should be in good health – being a non-smoker is preferable because smoking constricts the blood vessels and proper blood flow after surgery is vitally important for the healing process. you should also avoid alcohol in the week or two prior to your surgery as alcohol can also impair healing.
You may need rhinoplasty to correct defects in the development of your nose or as the result of injury. The majority of breathing problems directly associated with the nose can usually be treated quite successfully with nose surgery.
After your surgery you will wear a splint on your nose for seven to ten days. The splint will help protect your nose by keeping it stable and avoiding any trauma by inadvertently bumping your nose. you may experience some congestion and Dr. Bounds will discuss measures you can take to minimize the discomfort. it is recommended that you sleep on your back for the first six to eight weeks after your surgery to avoid putting any pressure on your nose.
You will usually be able to return to work within one to two weeks. you will experience minor bruising and swelling for two to three weeks after your surgery. The packing applied after your surgery will be removed after a few days.
You are encouraged to avoid activities that could potentially result in bumping your nose or otherwise causing trauma.
You can expect soreness and tenderness of your nose for eight to ten weeks after your surgery. Follow Dr. Bounds’ recommendations closely and don’t hesitate to contact his office with any questions or concerns after your surgery.
There are so many variables involved with rhinoplasty that it is difficult to estimate costs involved without first determining your goals, needs and expectations. we encourage you to call us at 757-496-7373 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bounds to discuss your options and find out if rhinoplasty surgery is right for you.