7 Misconceptions About Rhinoplasty Explored
Social media has greatly influenced our perception of beauty. At the same time, demand for cosmetic surgery has skyrocketed. Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, tops the list of popular cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Mithat Ulay specialises in Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Acıbadem International Hospital. In this article Dr Ulay debunks 7 common misconceptions about rhinoplasty.
1.Rhinoplasty Results in Severe Pain: FALSE!
Many fear post-surgery pain due to expected swelling and bruising. However, advancements in medicine and technology have largely eliminated severe pain post-rhinoplasty. As Dr. Ulay puts it, "pain varies based on individual thresholds. Initial mild discomfort can be easily managed with basic painkillers."
2.Swelling and Bruising Linger After Rhinoplasty: FALSE!
Some patients may experience swelling in the nose and bruising beneath the eyes. This is more likely bone work is involved. Typically, these symptoms start to diminish within the first couple of weeks. Various measures can be used to help speed recovery. These include a specialised diet, bruise-alleviating creams, ice compresses, and vitamin supplements.
3.The Nose Tip Sags After Surgery: FALSE!
Gravity can naturally pull down the nose tip over the years. A drop post-surgery can also result from over-removal of cartilage and bone. Dr. Ulay notes, "If too much tissue is removed, the tip may sag over time. This is particularly noticeable after initial swelling subsides."
4.Tampon Removal Post-Surgery is Extremely Painful: FALSE!
Many dread the tampon removal post-rhinoplasty. Traditional methods might have been uncomfortable, but modern silicone tampons are tailored to nasal anatomy. This makes the process nearly painless. These tampons, which also facilitate breathing, typically remain in the nose for about a week.
5.Faces Can Look Unnatural Post-Rhinoplasty: FALSE!
Dr. Ulay stresses the importance of achieving a natural look post-rhinoplasty. He states, "The best procedures are those that remain inconspicuous. The goal is a nose that is harmonious with the face."
6.Breathing Issues Arise After Rhinoplasty: FALSE!
Nasal bone and cartilage curvatures, along with nasal flesh, often lead to breathing challenges. Rhinoplasty is not solely aesthetic; it also addresses deviations and restores nasal functions. Any post-surgical breathing discomfort due to swelling usually subsides within a couple of weeks. Most patients reported improved breathing thereafter.
7.Rhinoplasty Isn’t Suitable for Older People: FALSE!
Age isn't a prohibitive factor for rhinoplasty. If there's a medical need, the procedure can be performed even at an advanced age.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How long is the recovery period after rhinoplasty?
Initial swelling and bruising typically reduce within the first couple of weeks. Full recovery, especially for subtle internal healing, can take up to a year.
2. Can I choose the shape and look of my new nose?
While you can discuss preferences with your surgeon, it's essential to have realistic expectations. The surgeon will aim for a nose that's harmonious with your face and functional.
3. Are there any side effects or risks associated with rhinoplasty?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, though they are minimal with experienced surgeons. Always seek out an experienced professional for the best results.
4. Will rhinoplasty affect my sense of smell?
Temporary changes in smell are possible immediately post-surgery due to swelling. However, for the vast majority of patients, the sense of smell returns to normal as the swelling subsides.
5. Can rhinoplasty be combined with other facial surgeries or treatments?
Yes, many patients opt to combine rhinoplasty with other procedures to achieve balanced results. This typically includes face lifts or chin augmentation. Discuss any desires with your surgeon during consultation.