Nose jobs are a popular type of cosmetic procedures
Nose job helps Charlotte, NC residents change the shape and size of their nose. But, before deciding to have a nose job, it is important to know how the procedure works, and what you can expect following surgery. Check out some common questions and answers to help you get started on your rhinoplasty journey.

Q. Why do people have nose jobs?
A. There are many reasons people decide to have a nose job. Some choose to have surgery for cosmetic purposes such as improving their appearance by fixing a perceived flaw with their nose. Others may have a nose job for medical reasons such as to correct breathing problems stemming from a deviated septum.

Q. What should I look for in a surgeon?
A. Once you decide to have a nose job, it is important to find the best surgeon possible. Be sure to ask around for recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers. You should also look for a doctor that is board certified, as opposed to just licensed. You’ll also want a surgeon that specializes in the area you are having surgery on. So, for a nose job, you want to find a facial plastic surgeon with experience in rhinoplasty.

Q. What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?
A. Your doctor will discuss what you should do to prepare for your nose job, but there are a few common things doctors require. You’ll need to be sure you provide your surgeon with a full list of medications you are taking and also stop taking anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin a few weeks before surgery. You should also stop smoking and make arrangements for your recovery time.

Q. Speaking of recovery, what should I plan for after my nose job?
A. Often, people spend so much time preparing for surgery, they forget to plan for what happens afterward. Be sure you have someone lined up to drive you home after surgery, and stay with you for a few days following surgery as well. You will experience swelling and bruising immediately after surgery, but it will go down within a few weeks. However, it can take up to a year for the nose to fully heal after a nose job.

You’ll need to take care not to bump your nose following surgery as well. Avoid putting on makeup and tops that require you to put them on over your head. Be gentle when putting on makeup and lotion as well. Your doctor will advise on specific ways to care for incision areas, and important things to know before your procedure.

Q. Will my insurance cover this?
A. Most insurance companies do not cover a nose job when done for cosmetic reasons. But, it is a good idea to contact your insurance provider to see what they will and will not cover.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Charlotte, NC patients who are considering a nose job should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon and has extensive experience performing nose jobs and revision rhinoplasty. Contact his office today to schedule an appointment.