While rhinoplasties are one of the most popular plastic surgeries among 20-somethings, going under the knife can still seem daunting. We added up with Dr. Mark M. Beaty of Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery (@beatyfacialplasticsurgery) to ask all your burning questions.
Who makes a good rhinoplasty candidate?
A good rhinoplasty candidate is a healthy person with concerns about the appearance of their nose in harmony with the rest of their facial features. A good candidate should understand that there is no one perfect nose and the best individual results will both achieve their aesthetic preferences and enhance other facial features.
How long should patients expect to take off work?
Most rhinoplasty patients will have a protective splint on their nose for one week. Most patients feel well with minimal pain and congestion by a couple of days after surgery. Returning to work depends on job duties and the desires of the patient as lifting and physical activity are restricted for two weeks.
How can rhinoplasty patients expect their nose to look over time?
Over time, the results of a properly done rhinoplasty are very stable. The nose heals into its new position and retains its structure with no significant change as the patient ages. It is important that your surgeon uses a structural approach with attention to preserving the nose’s support mechanisms to insure stable long-term results.
What is the No. 1 thing you want patients considering rhinoplasties to know?
Be aware that while this surgery can be one of the most satisfying and transformative of all facial surgeries, it is a complex procedure and requires an experienced surgeon with an artistic eye and a knowledge of facial balance. Do your research, choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with experience in rhinoplasty and spend time in your consultation ensuring a shared understanding of your goals and realistic expectations.