Rhinoplasty Before And After

You may expect this that this piece is about before and after photographs but I will leave that area to your rhinoplasty surgeon. I intend to focus on the practicalities of the before and after of the surgery.
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  • It is a good idea to involve your GP from the outset as they may well know the best rhinoplasty surgeon in the area. If it all goes wrong or you develop other medical complications it is to your GP you will be returning at some stage.
  • If your rhinoplasty surgery is for purely aesthetic reasons then your medical insurance company may not pay for it. Best to check before proceeding.
  • If your surgery is to sort out an injury, improve your breathing or sort out a birth defect there is a greater chance that your insurance company will pay the bill and again you need to check this out.
  • If you are under the age of 16 you may be refused surgery on the grounds that your nose is still growing.
  • You need to check that your surgeon is fully qualified and experienced in this are of surgery. Have a read of Rhinoplasty Specialist Surgeons | Otolaryngology a nose job and about the difficulty of Finding Top Surgeons.
  • If you go to the hairdressers and someone wants to wash your hair prior to the consultation with the stylist then my advice to you would be to walk. The exact same principle applies here and if you cannot meet the person who is going to perform the surgery then don't just walk but run. Find out if your surgeon is based in Ireland or just flies in to perform operations and flies off again.
  • If the surgeon is promising you absolute perfection run too. A sensible and experienced surgeon will know that it is not wise to do so and that perfection cannot be guaranteed. Now and then people have revision surgery to iron out further some imperfection from the first time operation.
  • Check out where the surgery will be performed. Quite often a surgeon will have a private clinic and performs the operations in a hospital.
  • Is your surgeon properly insured?
  • If a medical complication related or unrelated to your surgery occurs during the operation what will happen to you? What hospital will you be transferred to for instance and who will foot that bill?
  • Turn up for your consultation with your doctors details and information on your health, medication and knowledge of previous operations and details of any injuries to your nose even if a long time ago. Do you have allergies or breathing difficulties or do you take drugs which may be legal or maybe not?
  • Expect to have your nose measured inside and out and the surgeon to discuss the changes with you and give you an idea of the likely finished result. The surgeon will be looking at your face as a whole and checking how the changed nose will balance with your chin for example.
  • You will be told about your anesthetic and whether you will be a day patient or have an overnight stay. The anesthetic is usually a general one and so you will be asleep during surgery. You will be advised on fasting and taking liquids in advance of the anesthetic.
  • You may be advised to stop smoking in advance of any cosmetic surgery in order to speed up healing
  • Sort out who is going to shop, cook, clean and feed the cat in your first few days after surgery.
  • The anesthetic can effect your co-ordination and even your reasoning skills so you cannot drive, operate machinery, consume alcohol, or sign legal documents for a full 48 hours after surgery.
  • So who is going to drive you there and pick you up, get your prescriptions and take you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours? Remember pain killers can take up to an hour to have an effect so don't wait till you are in agony to think of getting them. You may have to pay for these yourself. Get some lip balm for your lips as they are likely to get dry.
  • Cancel your sporting activities for six or seven weeks.
  • Have lots and lots of pillows in to prop yourself up in bed for a few days. You will be breathing through your mouth. However, you will have to go with the flow and gently wipe drips from your nose. Blowing it or using nasal sprays are not allowed.
  • You are liking to have a splint on your nose for up to 10 days.
  • If you have a heavy nose bleed in that time you will need to return to your surgeon.
  • You are likely to have swelling, bruising and discomfort for up to a month post surgery.
  • Good luck with the operation and I hope that your nose will look beautiful. You may like to read a Squidoo I completed on the subject of whether Friends, neighbours and colleagues could get up your nose.
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    P.S. Someone has submitted a query on how long after rhinoplasty they can start smoking again.

  • Is it possible that if you stop you could remain so?
  • Smoking is ridiculous when you stand back and reflect on the words 'start smoking again'. We were never meant to and our noses old or new are for breathing fresh air into our bodies because our lives depend on it.
  • Best not to ask your surgeon when you can smoke again. You can hardly expect him to seem to be granting permission.
  • There is no one more critical than an ex smoker. I know one well!
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