Know what you want from your rhinoplasty
There’s nothing wrong with getting a rhinoplasty done, but you should be clear in your mind about the reasons for it and what you hope to gain by it. If everything goes right, this is a decision you’ll be living with and looking at in the mirror every day for the rest of your life.
This isn’t to discourage you from having rhinoplasty done, of course. If your nose has a slight hump on the bridge, if the tip is a little full, or if the nostrils are just a bit wider than the corners of your eyes, you can’t help being aware of these things even when other people aren’t, and this can put a hole in your self-confidence.
The important thing is that you take some time to think about why you’re taking this step. You should also talk with your rhinoplasty surgeon about it. A surgeon with a lot of experience in rhinoplasty has seen lots of patients, understands all the possible reasons for getting a nose job, and knows that his or her reputation will benefit more from your eventual happiness than from selling you as much surgery as possible right now.
Planning ahead for your surgery
Look for a surgeon with many years of experience as possible, a state-of-the-art operating facility and many testimonials from satisfied customers. RealSelf.com is a good place to look.Check the before and after rhinoplasty photos of on his or her Web site.
If possible, the surgeon will do the incisions inside the nose so there won’t be any scarring. This is called a closed rhinoplasty. If the surgeon has to make an incision in the outside skin, he or she will probably make it in the skin between the nostrils. This is called an open rhinoplasty.
Make sure you stop smoking and drinking for at least two weeks before the surgery. You should also stay away from aspirin, ibuprofen and certain supplements — your surgeon will tell you which ones. Give yourself time to heal at home without too much heavy work or social contact.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s top rhinoplasty surgeon, certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has devoted his practice entirely to facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs, since 1988. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to make them better. If you live in or near Charlotte and are interested in rhinoplasty, schedule your appointment today or ask for online consultation to get a discount on the consultation fee.