A number of women and men come to my practice with misconceptions and misinformation about rhinoplasty procedures.
If you’re in Winter Park or Central Florida and considering a rhinoplasty (nose surgery), here are five facts you should be aware of:
- Rhinoplasty can help a person to not only improve the appearance of her or his nose, but often also restores breathing after damage caused by an injury.
- Depending on the desired results, surgeons can hide incisions inside a person’s nose. Known as a closed procedure, this method is a great way to hide any indications of facial cosmetic surgery.
- It’s important to wait until at least 15 years of age to ensure your facial growth is complete. This will aid a surgeon in make the necessary alterations to suit your facial appearance, and help you see your adult-sized nose before deciding on surgery.
- Recovery times vary from one person to another, but people can often return to work within 7 days of surgery. Most people can resume exercise and other activities within a month.
- As long as a person does not incur a major injury or damage the nose after surgery, people can expect permanent results. The normal aging process will help to blend the results with the surrounding facial skin for a natural appearance.
Most nose surgery (rhinoplasty) patients that we see in our Winter Park office typically ask about recovery. When discussing this subject, I often hear misconceptions, such as the length of time it takes to fully heal, or how long bandages or splints need to be worn. In actuality, healing from a rhinoplasty procedure is not as intense or prolonged as some believe.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed in 1 to 3 hours, and patients can typically go home a few hours after their procedure. Most often, a splint will be taped to the nose to help support its new shape, and should be worn for about a week after surgery. While there may be some bruising or swelling after this initial period, it will reduce significantly as tissues adjust to the new shape of the nose.
There are several misconceptions that a bandage or splint needs to be worn for up to a year after the procedure to keep the nose in its proper position, and this could not be more false. While it is true that it may take up to a year for a patient’s nose to fully adjust to its new size or shape, a bandage or splint is unnecessary after the initial period after surgery. The best way to heal fast from a rhinoplasty is to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully and religiously.
As with any plastic surgery procedure, be sure to do your homework when choosing your surgeon. Look for one who is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has many years of experience. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Scott Rotatori today to learn more.