Any cosmetic procedure can bring lasting changes to a patient’s appearance, especially a nose reconstruction/rhinoplasty. Sometimes referred to as a nose job, this procedure can cosmetically change any undesirable features of the nose. While it may seem like a wish has been granted, there are certain things every patient should know and consider beforehand. Patients will always be advised to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Patt, to determine whether a rhinoplasty or nose job is an appropriate choice.

#1 KNOW What’s Wrong

Though medical and health reasons for rhinoplasty go without saying, before having this procedure, most patient should know what they like about their nose—and what they wish to change. Even if ideas aren’t clear, a surgeon can help an indecisive patient develop feasible alternatives or a realistic surgery plan. Most rhinoplasty recipients have suffered self-image issues for most of their life, and they want a permanent change. The most common alterations include bump removal, symmetric improvements, an increase or decrease in size, and nostril size reduction. Nose reconstruction can change the shape of the entire nose or focus on functionality.

#2 KNOW the Realistic Expectations

Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure, and patients should know what to expect, and be ready to make preparations by planning ahead. A qualified plastic surgeon will walk the patient through the entire procedure, though patients should still educate themselves about the process, risks, and possible outcomes. Once changes are made, the nose must stay bandaged for a few days or weeks. Swelling and bruising is normal, but results will become more apparent over time- after side effects diminish. It’s also realistic to expect that for some patients who have deeper self-esteem issues, a nose job alone may not help change their views about themselves.

#3 KNOW Your Recovery Time

When a patient is thinking of scheduling a rhinoplasty, recovery time is an important consideration. Booking the procedure during vacation or a busy time at work could prove problematic, as post-op care requires time away from work, and a significant amount of rest and relaxation.

Patients that are concerned about making such a big change and commitment should discuss it with their surgeon, who can provide an estimate of how long the recovery period may be- based on the kind of reconstruction that the patient had done.

Procedure success depends largely on the surgeon chosen; and if you’re looking for a doctor, be sure to know these basic tips and develop your own questions before you consult with him or her to make the best choice possible. By knowing what to expect from a nose reconstruction, patients of Dr. Patt, at the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, can set reasonable expectations and ensure they’re satisfied with the results. Schedule your appointment today (281) 649-7170.