Rhinoplasty is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure. However, before planning a rhinoplasty, you must consult a specialist that can check and know if you can have the procedure or if you may not be a candidate. If you are a good candidate, here are some things to keep in mind.
How Is It Done?
The rhinoplasty procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia or localized anesthesia in the area and sedation. Since this intervention has been performed for years, the risks of failure are very low, however, it is recommended that it be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.
The procedure is minimally invasive and thanks to the new techniques that are used to reduce pain and edema and bruising that appear are usually few. Generally, after surgery, the patient can return to his or her routine within 7 to 14 days.
Now, there are 2 different techniques to perform rhinoplasty: open or closed. The first refers to a minimal incision in the skin that is located between the tip and the base of the nose, then it is separated from the bone structure and once the intervention is performed, it is placed again with a small suture. In the second, the intervention is performed inside the nostrils, leaving no trace of the operation. Knowing both types now you can get a better idea and know which is the one you like the most.
Tips before Rhinoplasty
It is important to take into account some suggestions or requirements before rhinoplasty:
- Do not smoke at least 15 days before the operation.
- Avoid excessive meals that generate heavy digestion.
- Do not drink alcohol one day before the operation.
- Do not take medication weeks before the operation, in case it is necessary, consult your specialist.
That said, we can now begin with the post rhinoplasty tips. However, it is important to mention and remember that just after the procedure it is very normal that the appearance of the face is swollen or strange, this aspect will not be the same after a month.
Tips after Rhinoplasty
- Avoid blowing your nose after surgery.
- You can apply cold compresses on the skin, only if your surgeon allows it.
- You must follow the treatment of medications that the surgeon indicates.
- Avoid tasks that involve a lot of physical effort for at least a few days.
- Avoid sunbathing after the operation, and avoid the cold.
- Avoid sleeping with your nose directly on the pillow.
- Do not use contact lenses or frames in the first weeks after surgery.
Dr. Enrique Piña Mora is a medical surgeon who graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, specializing in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery by the Mexican Council of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery.