What You Should Know Before Scheduling Your Rhinoplasty
A nose job (medically called rhinoplasty) is a highly versatile plastic surgery procedure that can make a world of difference for your facial aesthetics without people being too aware that you’ve had a procedure. Rhinoplasties give a more natural, proportioned, and often slimmer nose profile to help balance your facial features and give you a symmetrical appearance from every angle.
If you’re deciding to have a rhinoplasty, here’s what you should know about the preparation, procedure itself, and recovery so you are prepared for the journey ahead.
Preparing for Rhinoplasty
The first step in any successful rhinoplasty is an initial consultation with Dr. Christian Paquet in Beverly Hills. During this appointment, he’ll examine your facial structure and listen to the desired changes you’d like to make to your nose. You’ll provide your medical history and any prior surgeries to the face or nose to make sure you’re a good candidate, and you may take photos from multiple angles to use as a reference for “before” vs. “after” surgery.
In the weeks and days leading up to your surgery date, Dr. Paquet will require you to adjust or stop taking blood thinning medications and fast for at least 8 hours before going under general anesthesia. You’ll also need to refrain from alcohol for a few days before surgery and stop smoking for at least 2 weeks if not longer.
The most prepared patients are those who have organized to have a friend or family member help them out with household chores for the first day or longer after the procedure and who have set up a recovery area with the medical supplies and entertainment they want during the period of bed rest that follows a rhinoplasty.
What To Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery
During your rhinoplasty procedure, several different techniques may be used to achieve your desired appearance. For people who suffer from conditions such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates, these medical issues can be corrected in addition to reshaping and re-structuring the nasal tissues to help you breathe better.
Rhinoplasties at Paquet Plastic Surgery are performed under general anesthesia and can involve either a barely noticeable scar across the skin between your nostrils or no external scar at all. Dr. Paquet will recommend the best surgical approach for your given anatomy during your consultation – no one approach is necessarily “better” than the other, just whichever happens to be better suited for your unique goals.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
Recovery from rhinoplasty takes about a week before patients can typically go back to work when they feel more like themselves. You will have bandages and stitches in your nose to take care of and you will be asked to avoid sleeping on your sides or stomach – any sleeping position that could put pressure on the nose – for at least a week.
Common side effects experienced during rhinoplasty recovery include bruising, swelling, pain, bleeding, and other effects from the anesthesia. Residual swelling will remain for up to nearly a year following your procedure but should noticeably improve in about a week.
Rhinoplasty Surgery in Phoenix, AZ
Trust a leading national expert in rhinoplasty for the most natural-looking results and the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Christian Paquet. Rhinoplasties are highly satisfying and highly delicate procedures that can be life-changing for those who finally feel great about the way their face is proportioned. Start the process for your new nose by calling our office or contacting us online today.
“Can’t say enough about our experience with Dr. Christian Paquet. I brought my son to see him for a rhinoplasty, and it has changed his life. His nose is now perfectly straight, without a bump, and looks completely natural. My son is over the moon happy. Dr. Paquet is caring and truly interested in patient care, unlike other doctors we saw that just tried to rush us out. He is extremely professional and makes you feel comfortable. I have already recommended him to everyone. If you are shopping around for plastic surgeons do yourself a favor and stop… and go see Dr. Paquet. I will be back for my facelift in a few years :).”
“Dr. P and his entire office staff were so pleasant and wonderful throughout the entire experience. After my initial consultation I felt completely confident that I had chosen the right surgeon, and now my results prove it. He took time to explain the procedures and discuss all of my option. I was uncertain about surgery at first, but he put all of my doubts and fears to rest. He was patient and never rushed me. I am so grateful for the care that he gave me. He is an amazing surgeon. My eyes look spectacular and I will only be seeing him in the future.”
"I can honestly recommend Dr. Paquet without hesitation. He is not only kind and professional, but he is a perfectionist. He is extremely meticulous and is a true artist. Everybody constantly comments on how great I look, but nobody can ever pinpoint why. Exactly what I want! I am so happy I found a genuinely talented plastic surgeon. I absolutely love my results!"
“Dr. Paquet, thank you for my fantastic nose! I can finally breathe for the first time in as long as I can remember, and my nose looks amazing. It is beyond what I had hoped for. Thanks for being so patient with me and answering my endless questions. I can finally look in the mirror and feel completely happy with my appearance. You’re the best!!”