A rhinoplasty procedure can be very extensive, so if you are considering it for cosmetic purposes only, you need to make absolutely sure that you are not only a good candidate, but you are also well educated on the surgery. You will need to tell your doctor exactly what you want to see improved so that both of you will be on the same page.
There are several indications that you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. For example, if you believe your nose is too wide when viewed from the front, the tip of the nose plunges or droops, or it is crooked or asymmetrical, then you should seriously consider the procedure. However, you need a very specific idea of how you want to look afterwards so that your expectations can be realistic.
When you speak with your doctor, he or she will wan tot know about your medical history. Be as honest as possible, even if you think his or her questions really do not have anything to do with the procedure you are about to have performed. You'll be asked about previous surgeries, what type of medication you are taking, and many other things. He or she will want to know if you use nasal spray on a regular basis, and whether or not you have allergies that cause a great deal of nose stuffiness.
You will then undergo a thorough, yet painless, examination of your nose. The doctor will study the size and shape of your nose, as well as the quality of your skin. Do not be surprised if the physician also recommends that you have worked done on your chin to make it either more or less prominent. This will help greatly in making your facial structures more balanced.
It is very likely that the cost of your rhinoplasty will weigh into your decision. However, your doctor will have to first conduct the examination, and then devise a surgical plan before you will receive any sort of estimate. Most insurance plans will cover rhinoplasty in instances where it is performed to help with a breathing problem, but not for aesthetic reasons. You will have a detailed discussion with your doctor regarding any financial questions you may have once the examination has been concluded.
Every surgical procedure carries with it some risk of complications. You may experience numbness afterwards, and you may develop a hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin) that may have to be taken out. If you need revisions to the procedure, you will need to have further surgery. However, you can minimize risks by following your doctor's instructions at all times.