If you are interested in a rhinoplasty, you may think you are prepared for what the procedure entails. However, rhinoplasty is a very complicated procedure for both surgeon and patient, and it is essential that both are well informed and ready for the surgery. Think you are ready to move forward and schedule some consultations? Take a look at the following aspects of rhinoplasty to see if you could be a good candidate for the surgery.
Because rhinoplasty is a fairly major procedure, the first (and most important) requirement for undergoing the surgery is general good health. There are always risks when undergoing an operation, but being in good health reduces these risks greatly. In addition, good health helps ensure a good outcome and proper healing of the nose following surgery.
While there is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, the nose must be fully mature before rhinoplasty is performed. If the nose continues to grow following surgery, a second surgery or revision rhinoplasty will likely be necessary, as the shape, size, and balance can all change enough to affect the aesthetic and functional aspects of the nose. The nose typically finishes maturing at around age 15-17. At the other end of the spectrum, the only concerns are typically general health in older people and skin quality. There is not one “best” time to undergo rhinoplasty; it will simply be up to the patient and surgeon to determine readiness.
Skin quality changes throughout life, and is generally better the younger the patient is. Age, sun exposure, unhealthy habits, and other factors can influence poor skin quality. Skin quality can affect the operation and likelihood of a good outcome, so it is important for the surgeon to assess the skin quality prior to surgery.
Bad habits such as smoking and excessive drinking can cause problems during surgery and lead to poor healing and unfavorable outcomes. No reputable surgeon will operate on someone who has been smoking in the last few weeks or months, so patients who wish to undergo rhinoplasty must stop smoking and adhere to a healthy lifestyle, at least before the surgery and during recovery.
Rhinoplasty can produce some truly amazing results, including changing the overall look of the face, building up or minimizing the nose, and reconstructing damaged noses. However, the surgery cannot produce miracles, and patients need to understand this fact going in. Imaging software can provide a good preview for patients, but the results will never match the preview exactly. Patients with realistic expectations who communicate with their surgeon are usually quite happy with their results. On the other hand, patients who expect too much will probably be dissatisfied and seek a second surgery.
Rhinoplasty can make huge changes to the look of the face, and many people are not prepared for how drastically different they may look after surgery. In addition, some people who seek rhinoplasty suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), which causes people to worry excessively about a real or perceived physical defect, no matter how small. Unfortunately, rhinoplasty usually does not fix this problem, so individuals with BDD should not seek the surgery. An impulsive decision to undergo rhinoplasty often results in dissatisfaction.
Knowing What You Want
Many patients seek rhinoplasty without knowing what kind of look they want. Though many people seek rhinoplasty to fix a simple problem, such as a deformity, hump on the nose, or wide nostrils, others do not know what they want. This can lead to dissatisfaction following the surgery. Patients should at least have a rough idea of their goals for surgery when they schedule consultations.
Recovery from rhinoplasty is not an excessively long process, but it does require the patient to take about 7-10 days off of work. For people who are in a busy time of life, surgery may need to wait awhile until everything settles down.
Rhinoplasty is an expensive surgery, partly due to its complexity. Skilled rhinoplasty specialists (the only surgeons prospective rhinoplasty patients should consider) usually charge anywhere from $5000-$10000 and up, depending on the area. It is not safe to skimp on surgeon fees, as the results of a poorly-performed rhinoplasty can be disastrous and more costly in the long run. Though most people do not pay for plastic surgery entirely out of pocket at the time of the surgery, prospective patients should consider carefully whether or not rhinoplasty fits into their long-term budget.
Prospective rhinoplasty patients should do research to determine whether the procedure is right for them, choose a surgeon, and learn how the process works. Being as informed as possible helps the entire process go more smoothly.
Remember, only a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty can tell you for sure if you are a candidate for rhinoplasty. It is important to go to a surgeon who will be honest with you about your candidacy and be able to fully answer your questions. For top-notch results in the Boston area, contact Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bentkover has a long list of satisfied patients and specializes in rhinoplasty. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover, call his offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA.