Know if you’re the ideal candidate for a nose job with these five questions
Scientifically known as rhinoplasty, a nose job is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding cosmetic procedures, so the first step is to have a thorough understanding on the kind of cosmetic procedure you want to opt for and the important questions that need to be asked before undergoing it. A nose job is performed for multiple reasons—ranging from correcting a structural deformity, such as a bump or hook, and improving appearance by making subtle changes to nose size and shape to correcting a functional problem like difficulty in breathing due to a deviated septum. A nose job is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures globally. By providing balance and proportion to your face, a nose job mitigates any aesthetic or corrective concerns you may have. The ability to accurately manipulate and restructure the nose to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result, while maintaining or improving functional breathing issues, requires a skill set and expertise that takes many years for a surgeon to acquire. We believe that doing your research and choosing the correct plastic surgeon and clinic is imperative when considering a nose job. Additionally, asking the right questions, as mentioned below, to your surgeon before your appointment will only maximise the results of a nose job and make the whole process reassuring and relaxed.
Question 1: Who is an ideal candidate for a nose job?
A nose job alters the shape of your nose externally for cosmetics and internally for breathing, depending on your concern. Persons experiencing one or more of the following is considered to be an ideal candidate for a nose job:
- Dorsal hump: A bump at the bridge of the nose.
- Nasal width: A nose that is too wide or too narrow.
- Asymmetry: A nose that is twisted or deviated.
- Prominent nasal tip: A nasal tip that is disproportionate to the rest of the face.
- Drooping nasal tip: The angle between the upper lip and lower nose that is less than 90 degrees.
- Post-traumatic deformities: Shape aberrations after nasal injury.
- Nasal airway problems: Internal valve collapse and septal deviation.
Question 2: What are the different types of nose jobs?
There are several types of rhinoplasty, including two types of primary rhinoplasty (‘open’ and ‘closed’), secondary rhinoplasty, and filler rhinoplasty.
- Open: Open nose jobs are for major reshaping and involve incisions made on the vertical strip of the skin. The skin is then elevated for the surgeon to see the nasal anatomy.
- Closed: Closed nose jobs are for minor reshaping where no external incisions are made.
- Secondary: Secondary nose jobs, also called revision nose jobs, are performed to correct problems that persist or develop post a previous nose job.
- Filler: As an alternative to invasive techniques, filler nose jobs involve the use of injectable fillers to restore symmetry and even out the nose.
Question 3: What steps should be taken before the procedure?
Similar to any other cosmetic procedures, some key points should be followed and kept in mind before going in for a nose job. A prior preparation is helpful for both a smooth surgery as well as recovery. To help reduce swelling, bleeding, and bruising, a strict regimen of applying arnica (a homeopathic herb that can help decrease bruising and pain) pre-operatively, as well as avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and smoking one month prior to surgery, is recommended. In addition, blood thinning drugs such as omega 3s and aspirin should also be avoided.
Question 4: How long will the recovery take?
In terms of recovery, it largely depends on the type of nose job, but for both open and closed procedures, downtime is typically a one- to two-week period. For closed procedures, most patients have a rapid recovery within five to six days. For major surgeries, there may be some swelling and discomfort for one to two weeks. Once the cast or splint is removed, the gradual healing process begins which takes up-to one month or more.
Question 5: How should I care for my nose after the procedure?
Following the correct aftercare procedure reduces the risk of post surgery infection and also allows the operated area to heal quickly. Post-operative swelling and pain is a normal occurrence. Gently ice the bridge of the nose and around the eyes immediately after surgery—this aids in minimizing swelling and pain. It is recommended to avoid contact sports for six weeks until your nose has regained its normal strength. It is also recommended to avoid flying for at least two weeks post surgery as it increases swelling and other issues. It is best to not rest glasses on the bridge of the nose until the soreness and swelling subside.
Dr Samer Bassilios Habre will be in Dubai from December 5th to the 12th and will be available for appointments at Biolite. Call 043466641 to book your slot now!