5 Things to Consider Before Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a very personal plastic surgery procedure for Houston men and women. After all, your nose is one of the most prominent features on your face. Changing it, either for cosmetic or functional reasons, can either completely change your look if desired, or provide your face with more subtle changes. Among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States, there are several different surgical techniques for this procedure, and no two rhinoplasty surgeries are alike. If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery, here are five things for you to consider before going under.
1. Do You Want Rhinoplasty for Cosmetic or Functional Reasons?
Houston men and women should know that rhinoplasty can be used to resolve a wide array of cosmetic and functional issues. Before you decide to move forward with the surgical process, you need to know whether or not you are looking for a cosmetic change to enhance your face’s appearance or a functional change to make it easier to breathe. It’s even possible that you’re looking for both. Whatever your unique desires are, make sure to communicate them to Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig.
2. How Do You Ultimately Want Your Nose and Profile to Look?
You may know that you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and your profile. But do you know what you would ultimately like them to look like? Having a strong idea of your desired results helps Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig prepare for your surgical plan, stage out their surgical techniques, and perform the operation. Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig recommend that rather than using somewhat vague terms like “rounder” or “narrower,” that you bring in photographs or magazine clippings of noses you wish yours looked like.
3. Are You Considering Rhinoplasty Surgery for the Right Reasons?
Perhaps you are considering rhinoplasty because when you were growing up kids always made fun of your nose. While embarrassment about your appearance doesn’t mean you’re an unfit candidate for rhinoplasty, you should make sure that you’re ready to undergo the procedure for the right reasons. This is why Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig screen their potential plastic surgery patients to confirm they are in good mental health and have realistic expectations for their procedure.
4. Are You Prepared for the Rhinoplasty Recovery Process?
Houston rhinoplasty candidates should know that recovering from rhinoplasty can be a lengthy process. First, recovery typically requires 2 weeks off of work or school. Second, rhinoplasty recovery requires an external and often an internal splint and packing. The internal splint is typically removed a few days after your surgery. Third, there will be swelling with any rhinoplasty, most of which will subside after 6 to 8 weeks post-op.
5. Are You Aware It Can Take Six Months for You to See Your Final Results from Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?
If you’re hoping for a quick fix for your nose, then you may want to learn more about rhinoplasty. While it is a highly effective procedure, most Houston patients don’t begin to see the final results of their surgery until 6 months post-op. This means you’ll need to be patient as your new nose heals and begins to take its new shape.
Consult with Dr. Fusi And Dr. Craig About Rhinoplasty Surgery
If, after reading these considerations, you are still convinced that rhinoplasty surgery is right for you, then we’d love to hear from you.
Call our Houston office today to schedule an initial consultation at (713) 346-9909.