Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which is intended to reshape and alter the external appearance of a nose by changing the size and shape of it. It is considered to be the most popular cosmetic operation in the USA and is commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’. There are two main categories of plastic surgery that are used – reconstructive plastic surgery which restore the natural shape and functioning of the existing nose, and aesthetic plastic surgery which alter the appearance of the existing nose.
Most rhinoplastic surgery takes place under general anesthesia. This helps to ensure that any risks involved with invasive surgery are minimised. During the operation the surgeon will take into consideration a wide variety of factors. These include the shape and function of the existing nose, its color and any irregularities present. The size and position of the existing nose are also taken into account during the procedure.
Before any procedures are undertaken, the plastic surgeon will discuss with you how the changes that are proposed may affect your life after the operation. Some patients have questions about their proposed rhinoplasty and their surgeons will attempt to answer these. Set up an appointment with Washington Plastic Surgery for rhinoplasty surgery.
After the rhinoplasty surgery, some patients will require minor adjustments to their nostrils in order to prevent them from closing too tightly. This is called ‘post-operative care’ and the surgeon will recommend that you follow certain precautions to avoid problems arising in the future.
Once your nose has been altered, you should inform the plastic surgeon at the outset so that he or she can prepare the appropriate documentation. You must inform the surgeon of any allergies you have to the rhinoplasty procedure. Also you must inform the surgeon of any medications that you are currently taking. You may be prescribed a decongestant to counteract any nasal congestion that you may experience.
In order to minimize scarring, the post-operative care is more extensive than that required for any other surgical procedure. You should expect to spend several days at home recuperating from the operation.
Your doctor will instruct you to change your clothing to keep the stitches hidden from view, and for the first day or two you are advised to refrain from wearing your contact lenses and any type of jewelry. During this time you will also be advised to keep your hands and feet elevated to help keep the incisions away from the surrounding tissues. You may also be given an antibiotic ointment to reduce any inflammation that may occur and to decrease the amount of swelling that occurs following the surgery.
After three days the doctor will give you instructions on what to eat and drink during the following two weeks as well as what to do on your next day of life and any additional days of recovery following the rhinoplasty surgery. You will need to take a warm bath on an outpatient basis and your surgeon will provide you with instructions on the type of clothes that you should wear, including footwear, socks and a hat.
If you are not able to sleep after the first night of your recovery, contact your plastic surgeon immediately. He or she may suggest using a humidifier or simply staying in bed until it is time to sleep.
For the first several days of your hospital stay and for several days after your surgery, you will be advised to eat large portions of the hospital diet plus several small meals each day of at least three hours in length to help make up for the lack of daily eating or three large meals per day at night. The goal here is to help to reduce your caloric intake to a safe level.
You will also be advised to keep up with your day to day activities, especially activities that you were previously able to carry out before your nose surgery. Some activities such as exercising, sports, playing games or going out with friends may be limited during the initial week or so but this is fine. Set up an appointment with Washington Plastic Surgery for rhinoplasty surgery.
The hospital diet will consist of four meals a day of four hours each with a two-hour snack. You may be permitted to eat soft drinks, cheese and eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts, yogurt and protein shakes. As your healing progresses, you may be given additional meals and snacks.