Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures worldwide for a number of reasons. First, many people have disliked one or more aspects of their nose for years, often since childhood, and seek cosmetic reshaping to bring balance and harmony to the face. In other cases, people may have suffered an injury or genetic deformity that restricts breathing. Whatever the reasons for seeking rhinoplasty, many people turn to the surgery because of its safety, versatility, and ability to create dramatic improvements to a range of problems, including facial balance and nasal function. However, rhinoplasty is a major procedure that can be daunting for the patient to face. Between booking the surgical appointment and the actual surgery, it is common for patients to have doubts before the big day. Here are some common doubts you might experience before your rhinoplasty, and some suggestions on how to deal with them.
Fear of Post-Op Discomfort
If you are starting to worry about how you will feel following nasal surgery, there are a few things to consider. First, rhinoplasty has come a long way over the years, and painful post-operative procedures such as nasal packing are almost never required nowadays. Second, your rhinoplasty discomfort will last only a few days, after which you will enjoy the benefits of your surgery for a lifetime, once the swelling subsides completely. Finally, your doctor will do his or her best to keep you comfortable following surgery, by prescribing the right medication and giving you tips on keeping yourself as comfortable as possible. The best thing you can do to ease your anxiety on this point is to educate yourself on post-op care and prepare as much as possible.
Possibility for Revision
Rhinoplasty has a reputation for often requiring revision surgery after the primary operation. While rhinoplasty does have a higher revision rate than many other cosmetic surgeries, it is uncommon for a skilled rhinoplasty specialist to produce a result that requires revision. As long as you have chosen the right surgeon, your risk for needing revision should be low.
The cost of rhinoplasty can be intimidating, and the idea of spending thousands of dollars on an outcome you have not yet seen can give anyone pause. Rest assured that good plastic surgeons want you to get your money’s worth, and will do their best to make your expenditure a good value. As long as you are able to make any necessary payments, a good rhinoplasty should be well worth the high price tag.
Going Under Anesthesia
Most people get anxious about going under anesthesia, but as long as you are in good health, there is little chance for complications to arise. During your consultation, your surgeon should have evaluated your overall health, and if your answers to your surgeon’s questions were honest, you should not worry too much about going under anesthesia. A rhinoplasty specialist will not operate on a patient who is not healthy enough for anesthesia.
Having realistic expectations is important, but it is normal to worry that your surgery will not live up to the expectations you have made for your results. Since you cannot know ahead of time how your nose will look after surgery, you will have to put faith in your surgeon’s skill and artistry, and keep your own expectations reasonable. Provided you have chosen a qualified surgeon and know to expect improvement rather than perfection, chances are very good that you will be pleased with your eventual rhinoplasty outcome.
Opinions of Others
If you have faced a lot of criticism from friends and family about your decision to undergo rhinoplasty, then you might be feeling the effects of peer pressure in your doubts about the surgery. It is important to make your own decisions, and avoid letting the opinions of others influence what is ultimately a very personal choice. You should undergo rhinoplasty to please yourself, and no one else.
Doubts, or Excitement?
If you are experiencing more anxiety than just normal nerves and excitement, do not feel obligated to go through with the procedure. You do not want to make a decision you will regret. Speak to your surgeon about your doubts, and do not do anything you are not comfortable with. A reputable surgeon will not pressure you into surgery, but it is important to realize the difference between severe doubts and normal anxiety. Consider your options carefully.
Speak to an Expert
Whether you have been considering rhinoplasty for years, or are just now thinking about your options, the most important factor to your eventual success is an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Choosing a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty for a wide number of patients will help ensure you get the results you seek. For an expert opinion in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA, to speak with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is board-certified and has dedicated over two decades to the art of rhinoplasty. For more information, call either location today to schedule your consultation.