Did you know that nearly 220,000 Americans seek rhinoplasty every year? It’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, and you can get it at the office of Dr. Gregory E Rauscher, M.D. in Hackensack, NJ. Dr. Gregory Rauscher is certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Furthermore, he was named “Top Plastic Surgeon” by New Jersey Monthly. If you feel self-conscious about your nose, read on to learn more.
Is Rhinoplasty Permanent?
You can feel fairly confident that your rhinoplasty results will last a lifetime. However, you should be aware that exceptions apply. For example, you may need a follow-up procedure one day if you develop nasolabial folds due to the natural aging process, or you may feel like you need BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to restore your ideal appearance. Additionally, a follow-up procedure may be necessary if you are injured severely in a motor vehicle accident or while playing sports.
What Results Can I Expect From My Procedure?
Individual results vary significantly due to the extremely versatile nature of this procedure. This procedure can be used to correct both medical and cosmetic problems. Therefore, the results you can expect depend on the goals you want to achieve. If you feel like your nasal tip is too large or your bridge is too wide, those areas can be reduced in size.
If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your nose because you feel that it is disproportionately small, you can expect the size of your nose to be increased through the grafting of cartilage from donor areas. Depending on your unique case, the ideal donor area may be another part of your nose, your ear, or your rib. You can also expect asymmetry or misshapen nostrils to be corrected with surgery if you are concerned about that.
What Medical Problems Can Be Addressed With This Procedure?
Most commonly, this procedure is used to address a deviated septum. Some of the most common problems associated with having a deviated septum include feeling chronic congestion or pressure in your nasal passages and suffering from dry mouth due to breathing through your mouth all the time. Additionally, people suffering from a deviated septum sleep poorly and often suffer from sleep apnea due to an inability to breathe well through their nose at night.
How Should I Prepare for Surgery?
When you attend your initial consultation in our convenient New Jersey office, you will receive a complete list of pre-op instructions. Some instructions vary based on such factors as what medications you currently take and the type of anesthesia you will receive prior to surgery. One universal preparation instruction is to avoid the consumption of alcohol or tobacco products during the two weeks leading up to your procedure. This helps to ensure your vitals are good.
Another very important preparation step to take prior to surgery is to make sure that you have someone to drive you home and care for you for one to three days. The better care you receive during your recovery, the sooner it will be over. You may feel too tired to get yourself a drink or make a nutritious meal, but you need to stay hydrated and nourished during the recovery process.
How Long Can I Expect My Recovery To Take?
As a general rule of thumb, you will be able to resume all of your usual activities just six to eight weeks after your procedure. However, you should expect it to take a lot longer to recover fully. If you have cartilage harvested from your body and grafted onto your nose, your total recovery timeline will probably be closer to 11 to 13 months.
How Much Time Will I Need To Take Off From Work?
People with office jobs can generally expect to be back to work just five to seven days following their nose job. However, it is vital that you get as much rest as possible during the early stages of your recovery. If you push yourself too hard too quickly, your recovery will take longer than it should. The bottom line is that you should listen carefully to your body and take an additional week off from work if you feel like you need the rest.
What Recovery Restrictions Should I Be Aware of?
We will advise you on all of the recovery restrictions you must adhere to during your initial consultation. To ensure there is no confusion, we will review these with you again once you are alert after surgery, and you are always free to drop us a line or call us if you have any questions during your recovery process. Highlights include:
- Not smoking
- Not drinking alcohol
- Not exercising vigorously
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Rhinoplasty is considered permanent, but changes to your appearance may occur after surgery due to aging or injuries. To find out if this procedure is right for you, contact us now at the office of Dr. Gregory E. Rauscher, M.D. in Hackensack, NJ to schedule your initial consultation. Whether you are concerned about the appearance or functionality of your nose, we can correct your concerns quickly, safely, and effectively.