Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery carried out on a person to change the appearance of his / her nose, correct breathing problems and alter internal nasal structures. Before deciding to have the cosmetic surgery, it's important to know exactly what the procedure is, how it's carried out and all other aspects involved in surgery. It's also important to know the risks and benefits associated with surgery.
Here are factors to consider before settling on having the surgery:
1. The surgeon: When choosing your surgeon, go for a professional who is qualified. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has a list of professional plastic surgeons who can perform the procedure very well for you. When you find one, go through his / her website and look at the reviews given by former clients. You can even meet him / her in person and discuss the procedure. A good surgeon will even show you how your nose will look after surgery, using imaging software, so you can understand his ideas.
2. Related costs: Try and compare costs between different surgeons. Costs may vary from surgeon to surgeon depending on their skill level, surgical methods to be used and location of the surgery. The total cost of surgery includes the facility, surgeon's and anaesthesiologist's fee.
3. The risks: According to the RS in Australia, risks are quite rare and may only arise in the recovery stage. Risks may include anaesthetic side effects, unpredictable results or occurrence of infections.
4. Recovery: The recovery period may be quite long, ranging from a couple of weeks to even months. This, however, depends on the set of procedures performed by your surgeon. You may experience swelling that may last a month or more. Some patients lose sensitivity on the nose for a long time. The results may take a while to show because of the swelling.
5. Realistic expectations: Try to set only realistic expectations. Some patients set their expectations too high and end up being disappointed when they see the results. Do not expect to have your nose look like that of your favorite celebrity. Rather, follow your surgeon's guidance on what could perfectly fit the anatomical structure of your nose.
6. The techniques: There are two major techniques of conducting surgery: the open, which involves making an incision on the outside to fully reveal internal structures; and the closed, which involves making an incision inside the nostrils. Both require high quality skills to perform. However, closed surgery takes less time to heal and has fewer complications associated with it.
It's important to do further research to know what the surgical procedure is about and what to expect. The factors listed above will make it easier for you to decide whether the procedure is right for you or not.
Remember that this is a surgery, which is a very delicate matter; since, you must be extremely confident about the proficiency of your surgeon. Also involve your doctor in the decision making process. He / she will examine your nose and advise you on what to do, but the final decision is in your hands.