Candidacy for Nose Surgery
The best candidates for nose surgery include those who are at least 16 years of age for females and 18 for males and are looking to improve their appearance. Rhinoplasty candidates must also be healthy and motivated regarding their upcoming procedure. Nose surgery can meet certain goals, such as resizing the nostrils, straightening a nose that is crooked, reshaping the bridge and tip, and changing the angle between the nose and lips.
Individuals who are good candidates for nose surgery must meet with a nose surgeon of ours for a consultation prior to the procedure. During the consultation, an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon from our practice will discuss with the patient his or her ideal appearance. To make the process easier, patients should bring pictures from magazines and other sources of noses they find appealing. Our surgeons will then analyze the patient's nose and lend their professional opinion regarding what should be done for their nose job. They will simulate what the patient's new nose will look like after surgery. Our surgeons are also more than willing to address any questions or concerns patients may have during the consultation. We want you to be comfortable and feel you're getting the best rhinoplasty Bakersfield offers. To schedule a consultation with a rhinoplasty surgeon from our practice, contact our Bakersfield facility today.
Preparation for Nose Surgery
Preparation for rhinoplasty should begin weeks before the scheduled surgery. Patients should refrain from taking aspirin and blood thinners, and they should take vitamin supplements to promote faster healing. The day before rhinoplasty, patients should make sure they have all the supplies they will need during their recovery time, such as ice and gauze bandages. Patients should also stock up on easily digestible foods such as soup, crackers, and juice. Patients are advised to wash their face thoroughly the night before surgery to eliminate bacteria, and to refrain from eating anything until after the procedure.
The day of rhinoplasty, patients should arrive at our practice early, wearing loose, comfortable clothing. They should be accompanied by a friend or family member who can drive them home after the procedure. These simple steps can help ensure a successful surgery and recovery period.
Open Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Our surgeons perform open rhinoplasty as their preferred nose surgery technique. The open procedure allows the surgeons to have the most access to nose cartilage and bone. In performing the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision beneath the columella, or the thin strip of skin that separates the nostrils. The surgeon then lifts the skin off the nose and reshapes the cartilage. When the nose has been reformed, the skin is replaced and the incision is closed using stitches. Finally, the surgeon packs the nostrils with gauze to help ensure the nose retains its new shape. For a complete facial makeover, patients can combine other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift and eyelid surgery, with their rhinoplasty surgery.
Nose Surgery Recovery
While recovery from nose surgery takes lots of patience, it is very rewarding in the end. Patients will experience some side effects can last up to two weeks, but prescribed medication and cold compresses should help alleviate any discomfort. Patients are advised to follow all post-operation instructions from their surgeon, which includes staying in bed and keeping their head elevated for 24 hours. Patients are also advised not to blow their nose or bend over for at least a week to lessen any aggravation and swelling of the area. Nasal packing can be removed after a few days, and stitches can be removed after a few weeks.
Although patients can return to their normal routine one week after their rhinoplasty, they should refrain from participating in sports or weight lifting for two to eight weeks. Following the surgeon's post-operation instructions closely will make the recovery process faster, smoother, and more successful. We want you to not only love the results, but experience some of the most comfortable rhinoplasty Bakersfield provides.
Rhinoplasty Results and Benefits
While the results of rhinoplasty are immediately visible, they will continue to settle in over the course of six months to a year. Although some scarring will be visible at the base of the columella, it will be minimal and should fade over time. Our patients are generally pleased with the results of their nose surgery. Rhinoplasty offers patients better facial symmetry and a more appealing nose shape and size. Some patients may also find they can breathe easier with their new nose. Contact our practice to learn more about the benefits of rhinoplasty surgery.