Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q: What is Rhinoplasty?
A: Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that is performed to alter the size, shape, or structure of the nose.
Q: What are the reasons for getting Rhinoplasty?
A: There are several reasons for getting rhinoplasty, including correcting a deviated septum or breathing problems, reducing dorsal hump, enhancing facial harmony and balance, addressing trauma or injury to the nose, improving the appearance of the nose, and more.
Q: What happens during a Rhinoplasty procedure?
A: During a rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will make incisions either inside the nostrils or on the outside of the nose to access the bone and cartilage that support the nose. They will then reshape the nose as desired, and then close the incisions.
Q: What is the recovery period after Rhinoplasty?
A: Recovery time after rhinoplasty varies, but most people can return to work or school within a week or two after the procedure. The final results of the surgery may not be visible for several weeks or even months, as the nose continues to heal and settle into its new shape.
Q: What are the risks associated with Rhinoplasty?
A: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with rhinoplasty. These may include bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, breathing difficulties, scarring, and unsatisfactory results. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.
Q: How long does a Rhinoplasty procedure take?
A: The length of the rhinoplasty procedure varies depending on the complexity of the surgery, but typically takes between one and three hours.
Q: What should I expect during the initial consultation for Rhinoplasty?
A: During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your nose and discuss your goals for the procedure. We may also take photographs and use computer imaging software to show you what your nose may look like after the surgery. It is important to be open and honest with us during this consultation to ensure that your expectations are realistic and that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Q: What kind of anesthesia is used during Rhinoplasty?
A: Rhinoplasty can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient will be asleep during the procedure, or under local anesthesia with sedation, which means that the patient will be awake but relaxed.
Q: Is Rhinoplasty a painful procedure?
A: Most people report some discomfort and swelling after rhinoplasty, but it is usually well-managed with pain medication prescribed by us. The level of pain experienced can vary depending on the individual’s pain tolerance and the extent of the surgery.
Q: Will there be visible scarring after Rhinoplasty?
A: Scarring after rhinoplasty is usually minimal and not noticeable, as the incisions are made inside the nostrils or on the outside of the nose in inconspicuous areas. However, if the surgery involves more extensive incisions, there may be some visible scarring.
Q: Can Rhinoplasty be performed on teenagers?
A: Rhinoplasty can be performed on teenagers, but it is important to ensure that the individual’s nose has fully developed before undergoing the surgery. We typically recommend waiting until the patient is at least 15 or 16 years old, and ideally until their mid- to late-teens, to ensure that the nose has stopped growing.
Q: How much does Rhinoplasty cost?
A: The cost of rhinoplasty varies depending on several factors, including the location of the surgery, the extent of the procedure, and more. The average cost of rhinoplasty is around 60000 INR to 300000 INR, but it can be more or less depending on individual circumstances.
Q: How long does the swelling last after Rhinoplasty?
A: Swelling is common after rhinoplasty and can take several weeks to fully resolve. However, the majority of the swelling usually subsides within the first few weeks, and the final results of the surgery may not be visible for several months.
Q: Are there any restrictions on physical activity after Rhinoplasty?
A: Yes, it is important to avoid any strenuous physical activity or exercise for at least two weeks after rhinoplasty to allow the nose to heal properly. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for post-operative care, including when it is safe to resume normal activities.
Q: How long do I need to take off work after Rhinoplasty?
A: The amount of time needed off work after rhinoplasty varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual’s job requirements. In general, most people can return to work or school within one to two weeks after the procedure.
Q: Will my insurance cover the cost of Rhinoplasty?
A: In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of rhinoplasty if the procedure is being done to correct a medical issue, such as a deviated septum or breathing problems. However, if the procedure is being done solely for cosmetic reasons, insurance is unlikely to cover the cost.
Q: How do I choose a qualified surgeon for Rhinoplasty?
A: It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in performing rhinoplasty. Researching the surgeon’s credentials, and reading reviews from previous patients can help you make an informed decision.
Q: Can Rhinoplasty change my voice?
A: It is uncommon for rhinoplasty to affect a person’s voice, but it is possible if the surgery involves altering the structure of the nasal passages. However, this is usually only a temporary issue and the voice typically returns to normal within a few weeks after the surgery.
Q: How long does it take to see the final results of Rhinoplasty?
A: It can take several months to a year to see the final results of rhinoplasty, as the nose continues to heal and settle into its new shape. The majority of the swelling usually subsides within the first few weeks, but subtle changes may continue to occur for several months after the surgery.
Q: Can Rhinoplasty be combined with other facial procedures?
A: Yes, rhinoplasty can be combined with other facial procedures, such as chin augmentation or facelift, to achieve a more comprehensive cosmetic result. Your surgeon can discuss the potential benefits and risks of combining procedures with you during the consultation process.
Q: How do I prepare for Rhinoplasty?
A: Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for how to prepare for rhinoplasty, but generally, it is important to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for several weeks before the surgery, stop taking certain medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding, and arrange for transportation and post-operative care.
Q: Will I have packing in my nose after Rhinoplasty?
A: Packing may be used to support the nasal tissues and minimize bleeding after Rhinoplasty. It is typically removed in a day or two after the surgery. So, you should not panic after surgery for your nose being packed and you should breathe through mouth.
Q: How should I sleep after Rhinoplasty?
A: It is recommended that patients sleep with their head elevated at a 30 to 45-degree angle after Rhinoplasty to reduce swelling and prevent any blood from pooling in the nasal area. This can be achieved by using extra pillows or sleeping in a reclining chair.
Q: When can I wear glasses after Rhinoplasty?
A: Patients are advised not to wear glasses for at least four weeks after Rhinoplasty to allow the nasal bones and tissues to heal properly. After that, glasses can be worn with the help of tape or a special splint to avoid putting pressure on the nose.
Q: What is the difference between open and closed Rhinoplasty?
A: Open Rhinoplasty involves making a small incision on the skin between the nostrils to access the nasal structures, while closed Rhinoplasty involves making incisions inside the nostrils. Open Rhinoplasty provides better access to the nasal structures and allows for more extensive reshaping, but can result in more visible scarring. Closed Rhinoplasty involves less visible scarring but may not be suitable for more complex cases.
Q: Will I have a visible scar after Rhinoplasty?
A: Depending on the technique used, there may be some visible scarring after Rhinoplasty. In open Rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the skin between the nostrils, which can result in a small scar. In closed Rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nostrils, which results in no visible scarring. However, the final result also depends on the individual’s healing process.
Q: Will I experience pain after Rhinoplasty?
A: Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort after Rhinoplasty, but this can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. However, it is important to follow post-operative instructions carefully to minimize discomfort and promote proper healing.
Q: Can I see what my nose will look like before Rhinoplasty?
A: We can show you digital simulations of how your nose may look after Rhinoplasty. However, it is important to remember that these simulations are not a guarantee of the final result and the outcome of the surgery depends on many factors, including your individual healing process. So, they are better avoided.
Q: How long do I need to wear a splint after Rhinoplasty?
A: A splint or cast is usually placed on the nose after Rhinoplasty to help support the new shape and protect the nasal structures. The splint is typically worn for about a week, but this can vary depending on the individual case and the surgeon’s preferences.
Q: Can I drive myself home after Rhinoplasty?
A: No, you should not drive yourself home after Rhinoplasty as you may still be under the effects of anesthesia or sedatives. You should arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after the surgery.