The Top Five Things to Know About Rhinoplasty

1. Not All Plastic Surgeons Perform Rhinoplasty: Plastic surgeons may train in rhinoplasty, but not all perform 100 or more procedures each year. In fact, more and more plastic surgeons are focusing on specific procedures so some may focus on rhinoplasty and other facial procedures while other plastic surgeons focus on body contouring procedures.

2. Rhinoplasty is not Strictly a Cosmetic Procedure: Plastic surgeons that perform rhinoplasty must consider the functional aspects of the nose as well as the cosmetic aspect of the nose. This is because cartilage may be reshaped, the nostrils may be altered and the tip may be changed- all of which may affect respiratory capacity.

3. Rhinoplasty is Not Very Painful: Other plastic surgery procedures are usually associated with more pain than rhinoplasty procedures. Plastic surgeons have many tools on their armory to help limit pain from rhinoplasty. There may be discomfort from swelling and bruising, but the pain in the recovery period for rhinoplasty is minimal when compared to other procedures.

4. Surgery Results Will Not Be Overwhelming: Though the nose is a focal point for the face, the results of rhinoplasty will not be highly visible to others. People may notice a renewed appearance, but are often unlikely to notice that rhinoplasty surgery has been performed.

5. Rhinoplasty Will Not Replicate a Model’s Nose: Plastic surgeons cannot duplicate models’ photos. It is helpful to bring photos along to a plastic surgery consultation for rhinoplasty. Yet, plastic surgeons will show you before and after photos of people with similar characteristics so you may capture a general image of the expectation you may have for your procedure. Rhinoplasty surgeons develop artistic treatment plans for rhinoplasty surgery.

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