If someone were to ask you how you feel about your nose, what would you say? The truth is, many people are unhappy with the way their noses look or function. That's why one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the world is rhinoplasty. Also known as a “nose job,” this procedure reshapes the nose to improve its appearance and to enhance facial balance and harmony.
Your nose has a place of prominence on your face -- it's right in the center and is often the first feature people notice when they look at you. It also plays an important role in helping you breathe, taste and smell.
Rhinoplasty can not only fix the appearance of your nose but also how it functions. But before you decide that rhinoplasty is the surgery for you, it helps to understand what makes someone a good candidate for the procedure.
If you're contemplating nose surgery, here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if you're a good candidate.
Since rhinoplasty is usually an elective procedure, it's essential that anyone considering the surgery be in good overall health. Take a few minutes and reflect on your health. Do you have any conditions that aren't being treated or that aren't managed well?
Having chronic conditions, such as diabetes, won't necessarily mean that rhinoplasty isn't right for you. However, it is important that any conditions you have are under control before you schedule the surgery.
Your lifestyle habits can also influence whether or not rhinoplasty is right for you. If you're a smoker, your surgeon will typically require that you quit before the surgery. Smoking can increase your risk of bleeding from surgery. It also interferes with healing afterward.
Your diet and exercise habits can also play a role in determining whether or not you're a good fit for rhinoplasty. If you're in good physical shape and eating a healthy diet, you'll be a better match for rhinoplasty than someone who eats a lot of junk food and who never exercises.
If your health isn't where it should be, don't worry. You can take steps to improve it, by eating better, exercising, giving up smoking or talking to your doctor about any medical concerns. Once you’re in a better place, health-wise, you can move forward with the surgery.
Age is just a number, except when it comes to rhinoplasty. How old you are can determine whether or not your body is physically ready for the surgery.
Reputable surgeons wait to perform rhinoplasty until after a person's nose is fully grown. Although nose maturity can vary from person to person, it doesn’t typically occur until at least age 16. If you're under 16, your surgeon will most likely recommend holding off on surgery until your nose has had time to finish growing.
When considering any type of plastic surgery, it's a good idea to ask yourself why you want a particular procedure. Think about what you want from rhinoplasty. Are you hoping to make your nose smaller or larger? Do you struggle to get a full breath in through your nose and want to breathe a bit easier?
Knowing what you hope to get from the surgery can help your surgeon understand your reasons for wanting rhinoplasty. It can also help them understand if your expectations and hopes are in line with reality. Rhinoplasty can change how your nose looks and how it functions, but it won't change who you are.
We have to be honest: rhinoplasty is a big commitment. You need to schedule at least one consultation with your surgeon before the procedure. Then you need to schedule the procedure itself. Finally, you need to take some time to recover and rest afterward.
Depending on your situation, the initial recovery after rhinoplasty can last anywhere from one to two weeks. After that, you'll be able to get back to work, school and other daily commitments. But you'll want to avoid activities such as exercise and swimming for at least another couple of weeks.
In some cases, being a good candidate for rhinoplasty means getting the timing right. Summer can be the ideal time to schedule a consultation and surgery, as many people have time off from school or work. Before you book your consultation, take a look at your calendar to make sure you have room in your life for the surgery and the recovery time it requires.
Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can talk to you about rhinoplasty and help you determine whether or not the surgery is right for you. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.