Getting a Nose Job: What Happens and How to Prepare

Getting a ‘nose job’ (or rhinoplasty) involves surgery that changes the shape of your nose and/or improves its function. There are medical reasons for choosing to get a nose job, including breathing problems associated with disfigurement of the nose. Many people, however, opt for rhinoplasty solely for cosmetic reasons if they are dissatisfied enough with their nose’s appearance. Whatever your reasons may be, here are some considerations as well as what to expect.

Making the Decision for a Nose Job

The hardest part of getting a nose job is often making the decision to go through with it. The first big step is to meet with a plastic surgeon with years of experience. It is important that the surgeon has technological know-how for plastic surgery procedures, and rave reviews from satisfied customers.

Discuss your goals, as well as what you specifically dislike about your nose/how you would like it to look. Cosmetic surgery can enhance your natural beauty by emphasizing your more flattering facial features. This will help eliminate any unrealistic expectations you may have and could offer knowledge concerning options you possibly didn’t consider. It’s also important to consider your overall health and discuss costs, risks, and recovery time with your surgeon.

woman ready for rhinoplasty

Preparation and Procedure

Next, your surgeon will explain various surgical techniques that could help you get the nose you want. Remember that most insurance plans don’t cover rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons. Follow all of your surgeon’s guidelines for preparing for the procedure carefully, and make sure you are eating and sleeping well before going in for the surgery as well as engaging in regular exercise.

A rhinoplasty usually doesn’t involve an overnight stay, but you will receive either anesthesia. This anesthesia may be general, putting you to sleep, or local, which will only sedate and numb the pain. During the operation, your surgeon will make cuts within the nostrils and, possibly, across the base of the nose. Then, he or she will reshape the inner cartilage and bone.

Recovery for Rhinoplasty

It’s common for those recovering from a nose job to wear a nasal splint for about a week. There will normally be bruising and swelling around the eyes. This typically improves after three days but can last up to two weeks. While very unnoticeable, there is typically slight, residual swelling that can last up to six months. At that point, the new appearance of your nose should be clearly apparent.

If you’re ready to discuss getting a nose job with an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon E. Rast, MD and his associates would love to meet with you to discuss options for your rhinoplasty. Let us offer you guidance, support, and expertise every step of the way.