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4 Things to Consider before Rhinoplasty

The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a very personal one. The most common reasons for considering the procedure are either aesthetic concerns or injury related problems that cause difficulty breathing. Before you decide to schedule rhinoplasty surgery, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

1. Someone else's nose may not look the same on you.

Patients often bring photos of celebrity noses that they would like to emulate. The truth is, the outcome of the procedure depends on many factors, including your particular nasal structure, ethnicity, and skin thickness. An exact replica of another person’s nose is unlikely to be achieved, especially if your natural nasal structure is much different than the one in your reference picture. Of course, a surgeon will do his or her best to make the alterations you desire. It is important to be able to communicate with your surgeon exactly what you would like to change about your nose so that he or she can determine if that result is feasible.

2. Surgery may have an impact on the appearance or function of the nose.

Rhinoplasty is a very intricate procedure. Because the underlying structures of the nose hold up the skin, a small interior alteration can easily affect the outer appearance. Someone who wants to correct a deviated septum should be aware that the outside of their nose may change somewhat as well. Likewise, a patient who receives a rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes might experience changes in how difficult or easy it is to breathe. Even the most skilled rhinoplasty surgeons cannot predict the exact results of the procedure, but he or she can review the possibilities and risks that may be unique to your situation.

3. Final results may not come as quickly as you think.

Many are surprised to find out that the healing process for rhinoplasty surgery can take up to a year to complete. The nose may appear aesthetically improved after a few months or even weeks, but the interior of the nose takes a longer time to heal. If you want the final results of your rhinoplasty revealed at an event that is less than two months away, it’s best to think twice before scheduling your surgery.

4. Your surgeon should be experienced.

Before you schedule a consultation with a surgeon, you should look at his or her patients’ rhinoplasty before and after photos to get an idea of the results you might expect. Always ask the surgeon his or her percentage of primary rhinoplasty procedures that required revision surgery. Keep in mind that even with the most skilled surgeons, you should expect a revision rate between 5 and 7 percent.

If you are interested in a rhinoplasty procedure in the Ohio area, contact top rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Shah at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Shah can provide you with the best rhinoplasty results possible. Please call (614) 482-2123 to schedule your initial consultation today.