Despite the dazzling effects of a nose job, patients undergoing surgery will undergo some downtime after the procedure. There are a couple of things that patients need to consider before and after going under the knife. Here are the top 10 things that you should think about prior to having a nose surgery:
1. Prepare for some time off work – the procedure would require patients to be off work for a week to ten days. The nose job will leave some bruising, which would need some time to heal. There is some medicine that can help hasten the healing process, however, time off will still be needed for the body to recuperate properly.
2. Be prepared for swelling and some pain – bruising and swelling is inevitable after having a nose surgery. Applying cold compress or ice will minimize the pain and swelling. Patients can also use alternative remedies that can lessen the swelling, aiding in the healing process.
3. The final results of the surgery will show after 12-15 months – although we often see the results on TV, it doesn’t mean that having a nose surgery will yield results quickly in just over a week. The reality is that, depending on the type of procedure, the surgery will take some time to show striking results.
4. You won’t be able to do workouts for a month or more – some health-conscious patients might want to consider this fact before they go under the knife. A nose job will prevent the patients from exercising. The stitches could bleed and could come apart if stressed out during an exercise.
5. You’ll probably experience discomfort in the first few days – the first week after surgery won’t be the most pleasant seven weeks of your life. After the surgery, you will experience some discomfort and will need some treatments to alleviate the pain.
6. Areas around the eyes will be swelling and the nostrils will bleed a bit – it is normal to see some blood after a rhinoplasty. The areas of the nose that have been adjusted will likely bleed in the first week after surgery.
7. Internal and external splints will be removed in the first post-op visit – the surgeon will remove the nasal splints in the first visit after surgery. The outer splints may not hurt when being removed. The internal splints, however, will not be as pleasant. Despite the painful experience, you will now be able to breathe properly as the obstructions will be removed.
8. The nose will look better after the splints have been removed. However, the final result will not be visible until after a year. The swelling will also be significantly reduced. Some patients may have some allergic reactions like chills and fevers. This is not normal, though, and should be consulted with a physician immediately after showing such signs.
9. You need to find the right surgeon – since the popularity of rhinoplasty burgeoned throughout the years, some people are trying to practice the trade without proper credentials. This is why it is necessary for patients to ensure that they are dealing with a legitimate professional who is duly certified by medical boards to prevent any unwanted effects.
10. Imperfections are possible – there is a possibility that the surgery might not have the results that you wanted. However, this can all be fixed with another corrective surgery.