Rhinoplasty, known colloquially as a nose job, is the third most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. However, it can also be used for medical purposes. Today, our aesthetic experts at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN are taking a closer look at this procedure, including how long it takes to complete and how long it takes to see the results. Read on to learn more.
How Long Does Rhinoplasty Take?
Rhinoplasty can typically take anywhere from 1.5 to four hours to complete depending on the scope of the procedure and the technique used. Once we have a thorough understanding of the goals you are trying to accomplish, we can give you a better idea on how long your procedure should take.
For instance, if you only have cosmetic concerns, like the symmetry of your nose, your nose job may only take an hour or two to complete. On the other hand, your nose job may take closer to four hours to complete if you have a broken nose or deviated septum. Your procedure will also take longer if cartilage needs to be grafted onto the nose.
How Long Will It Take Me To See My Results?
If an internal approach is taken, you may only have to wait for six months to see the final results of your procedure. On the other hand, if an external approach is taken, it can take over a year for your final results to become apparent. Note, for the most part, it will only take two to four weeks for your skin to heal and reveal the results of your nose job. The long wait for the final results really comes into play when cartilage is transferred to the nose.
How Can I Shorten My Recovery Period?
There are numerous steps you can take to make your recovery period as short as possible. For instance, rest must be one of your top priorities if you want to heal and see your final results as quickly as possible. This means that you should get as much uninterrupted sleep as you can every night and nap whenever you feel particularly tired.
Hydration is also essential for a rapid recovery. If your urine is not clear or very pale, you need to make a concerted effort to get more hydrating fluids in your body. You can drink coffee or tea to hydrate if you get tired of drinking water. However, at the same time, you have to monitor your caffeine intake to ensure you’re not drinking so much caffeine that your blood pressure is affected. Here are some other steps you can take.
Make Protein a Priority
Like rest and hydration, protein is critical for healing as quickly as possible after a nose job. Protein consumption is so important because it contains the amino acids that your skin needs to produce collagen and heal itself. Your body also needs vitamin C to produce collagen, so make sure you’re eating plenty of citrus fruits, berries, and green veggies, too.
Give Your Nose a Break
It is also very important that you do not apply too much pressure to your nose while it is healing. If you wear glasses, ask your ophthalmologist if you can get a prescription for contacts. If you can’t wear contacts, only wear your glasses when absolutely necessary. If you have to wear your glasses most of the day, you should get lighter frames to wear during your recovery.
Also, you should not blow your nose for at least one week post-op. Ideally, you should wait until three weeks have passed since your procedure if you received an external nose job. Use a saline spray to relieve itching.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
To determine whether you are a good candidate for a nose job, you need to come in for an initial consultation. We can’t tell you definitively whether you are a good fit for this procedure until you have advised us on your cosmetic and medical goals. We also need to assess your current condition and discuss your health history thoroughly before we can make a determination.
As a general rule, you will be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are fairly healthy and concerned about the size, shape, or functionality of your nose. However, you will not be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding regardless of how healthy you are. You also may not be considered a good fit for a nose job if you’re a smoker, you have heart disease, or you have uncontrolled diabetes.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Typically, rhinoplasty takes between 1.5 and three hours to complete. However, your procedure may take closer to four hours if you are having cartilage grafted from your ears or ribs. To find out whether you’re a good fit for this procedure, contact us today at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule your initial consultation. If you don’t have several hours to commit to this procedure ask us if a BOTOX liquid nose job would be better for you.