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Frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Q&A

How do I find the best rhinoplasty surgeon in the area?

Look for surgeons with good credentials — certification from a board of surgery and many years of experience. Go to the Real Self Web site and read customer testimonials about facial plastic surgeons. When you find one who looks promising, visit their Web site and look for a gallery of before and after photographs of their work.


The best rhinoplasty is probably those who are called upon to improve on the work of other rhinoplasty surgeons. These surgeons do what is called revision rhinoplasty, which is not only more complicated but carries the expectation that this time it absolutely has to be done right.


How do I prepare for rhinoplasty, and is there anything I should do afterward?

Nicotine in your system slows the healing process, so for two weeks before the surgery, stop smoking. Also, don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen.


You’ll need somebody to drive you home from the surgery. After rhinoplasty, try to avoid strenuous exercise and don’t blow your nose. Breathe through your mouth as much as you can. Don’t wear glasses on your nose for the first month after the surgery. If you need glasses, use cheek rests. There will be some swelling and bruising. The bruising should fade within a week to ten days, but the swelling can last for several weeks.


I’m an African-American woman. I’m not satisfied with the shape of my nose, but I’m worried that a doctor will just try to make it look more like a white woman’s. What should I do?

There was a time when this would have been a likely outcome. Fortunately, modern plastic surgeons understand and respect the different standards of beauty among different ethnic groups.


But this illustrates how important it is to be clear and open with your surgeon about the results you want. Some surgeons have computers with 3-D imaging software that they can use to show you the possible outcome of rhinoplasty, based on your stated goals. You can use this to make sure you and your surgeon are on the same page.


Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon

Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte today. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has concentrated on his specialty — facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and are seeking revision rhinoplasty to improve them. If you live in or near Charlotte and want a nose job, schedule an appointment or online consultation with Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon today.

Contact Dr. Sean Freeman at Only FacesCharlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and top facial plastic surgeon, to schedule a consultation to find out what procedure is right for you. Call today.