A nose job, sometimes called rhinoplasty, is such a popular procedure that it accounts for over 20% of all cosmetic procedures performed every year. We offer this procedure at the office of Dr. Gregory E. Rauscher, M.D. in Hackensack, NJ because we understand how important your nose is in making your face attractive. We also understand the importance of an optimally functioning nose. Here’s what you need to know about this procedure.
Does a Nose Job Look Natural?
Yes. The results of a nose job will look completely natural. What your nose will ultimately look like depends on your goals. However, this procedure is often sought to achieve the following results:
- Improved symmetry
- Bridge bump and hump elimination
- Nostril size or shape improvement
- Nose tip size of shape improvement
- Reangled nose slope
What Preparation Steps Must I Follow?
One of the most important preparation steps you must take in advance of your procedure is ensuring you are hydrated sufficiently. Excellent beverages to drink include sparkling water, tea, and still water. You may want to go without drinking coffee because your caffeine allowance will be restricted. Note, you also should not drink juice with added sugars. If you want to drink juice, you will be better off making it yourself to ensure it is not highly processed.
However, you should keep in mind that you will be much better off snacking on fruit in the 24 hours before your procedure instead of drinking juice. This is because fruits are more nutritious than fruit juices and being well-nourished is another important preparation step. Also, you should keep in mind that you shouldn’t try to achieve nutrition by taking nutritional supplements. You can’t take vitamin E supplements because they may thin your blood.
What Should Be Avoided Prior to My Procedure?
In addition to not taking nutritional supplements that contain vitamin E, there are a number of things you shouldn’t do before your procedure. For example, you shouldn’t take any other pharmaceuticals, like NSAIDs, MAOIs, or fish oil supplements, that may thin your blood. It is also very important that you avoid consuming alcohol or tobacco products before your procedure. Finally, it is crucial that you avoid skin irritation in the days leading up to your nose job.
How Long Will My Rhinoplasty Take?
Depending on the technique used and the scope of the procedure, a nose job may take anywhere from 1.5 to three hours to finish. However, your rhinoplasty may take over three hours to complete if there are a lot of changes that need to be made. There is also a good chance your procedure will take over three hours if you need cartilage harvested from another region of your body, like your chest or ears, and implanted into the nose to augment it.
Also, you should be aware that you will need to be observed after your procedure to ensure that the general anesthesia has worn off sufficiently. How long you are observed for depends on how quickly you wake up from the general anesthesia. Once you’re awake, we will review your aftercare steps with you to ensure you are clear on your post-op responsibilities. Then, you are free to be driven home to recover.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
Your recovery will be mostly over just a week or two after your procedure. You may even be able to go back to work without taking 10 whole days off. However, the amount of time you need to take off from work depends significantly on the nature of your job and the technique used to perform the procedure.
Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that you will be restricted from such vigorous activity as heavy lifting for six weeks. You should also keep in mind that it can take 12 to 13 months to see your final results. Your skin will recover from this procedure quickly if you take good care of it, but it can take over a year for your cartilage to heal and settle fully.
Do I Qualify for This Procedure?
There is a good chance that you will qualify for this procedure if you have concerns about the size, shape, symmetry, or function of your nose. However, it is still imperative that you attend an initial evaluation to verify that this procedure is appropriate for you. You must be prepared to talk about your health history in-depth, and you should be ready to talk about your current health, too.
We will also listen to all of your concerns very closely and evaluate your specific concerns to create a plan of action that will address your goals. We will also advise you on everything you need to do and avoid to prepare for your procedure.
You deserve to walk down every New Jersey street with confidence. A nose job can help you achieve that constant self-confidence in your facial features. The best part is that you can expect with full confidence that the results of your procedure will look completely natural. To find out if this procedure is right for you, contact us today at the office of Dr. Gregory E Rauscher, M.D. in Hackensack, NJ, and schedule an appointment.