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.

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