Many people are concerned with their nose and wish they could improve its appearance. Others are unhappy because the nose does not do what it is supposed to do and this is breathing well. On the other hand, we usually do not look at a face and say: “Gosh, does she have a gorgeous nose!” but we rather focus on one’s eyes or face in general. An unattractive nose may distract from other pleasing facial features and demand undue attention.
Be in Good Health before Your Rhinoplasty
If you have unsolved or active medical issues you should probably postpone rhinoplasty until you have reached your best physical health. Remember, rhinoplasty is an elective procedure and the best outcome requires optimal preparation. Talk to your primary care physician to determine whether he feels that you are well-prepared for elective nasal surgery. Talk to your rhinoplasty surgeon about your full medical and surgical history, medications and nutritional supplements you are currently taking and allergies to medications.
Be Motivated for Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
Although not everybody seems to believe in the importance of one’s mind, we trust that entering a rhinoplasty in a positive state of mind is important. A combination of mild apprehension and positive energy represent the most natural feelings before a cosmetic nasal procedure. You should feel good about your decision and be well prepared for the surgery and aftercare. Comfort with your rhinoplasty surgeon is crucial as well as he will be the one caring for you. If you feel rushed into surgery or if you are preoccupied with other important life issues, you may want to postpone your rhinoplasty. Have a caring individual with you for the first 24 hours.
Have a Realistic Understanding of Your Rhinoplasty
Undergoing a rhinoplasty is a big decision for you. Although there are well established norms for a pleasing nose, you should understand what an improved nose would mean for you and be comfortable with the results your nasal surgeon is predicting for you. Keep in mind that a pleasing, attractive nose without an operated-on appearance should be the goal but perfection is rarely achievable. A “nose job” requires mastery and if you feel that your desires of a “dream nose” may not be met by your cosmetic surgeon, you should share your concerns with him. Your rhinoplasty surgeon wants to know about your motivation and concerns.
Understand Your Rhinoplasty Preparation and Recovery
Make yourself comfortable with the process of undergoing a rhinoplasty. Your facial plastic surgeon should provide you with detailed written before and after instructions. Study this rhinoplasty information well before your surgery date and contact your nasal surgeon with any questions. Take care of matters that may require you attention before surgery so that you don’t have to worry about paying bills or purchasing gifts during your immediate recovery. Most patients are able to partially re-enter their lives after 7 days but full activity should not be expected earlier than 2 weeks after rhinoplasty.
Young Age and Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty can be performed as early as the face has fully developed which may be between 14 and 16 years of age. Young woman often reach this point somewhat earlier than man. Even of greater importance is the rhinoplasty candidate’s psychological maturity which should have reached a point where he or she fully understands the implications of undergoing cosmetic nasal surgery. Therefore, most rhinoplasty surgeons agree that nasal surgery for aesthetic reasons should not be performed in patients younger than 16.
Rhinoplasty and the Aging Face
As other regions of our face age, so does the nose. Over the decades, the nose becomes longer, droopy and may develop a bump. Sometimes, the changes may contribute to nasal obstruction. These aging related alterations can be addressed with rhinoplasty for the aging nose.
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