Whether your reason for rhinoplasty is functional, cosmetic (to improve appearance) or both — understanding the process and what to expect for your recovery, will help you best plan your surgery. Here are 3 recommendations from the experts at Emory Aesthetic Center to help you decide the best time to have your procedure.
1. Allow time to get comfortable with a surgeon first
It’s important to give yourself enough time to schedule one or more consultations with facial plastic surgeons experienced in performing this procedure. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgeries of the face. Meticulous attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the nose’s anatomy is essential to good results. Take the time to find the right one.
Summer is a popular time of year for cosmetic surgery. If you choose to have your procedure in the summer, you may want to schedule these consultations as early as January or February.
2. Do your due diligence
Once you’ve chosen your surgeon, make sure you’re on the same page about your overall expectations for improvement in function and appearance. Most offices will book surgery a minimum of six to eight weeks out from your consultation giving you the chance to:
- Obtain photos of noses you like to review with your surgeon
- Review your surgeon’s recommendations for your procedure
- Look at your surgeon’s work on past patients
- Seek another opinion
- Get any needed medical clearances
- Stop taking medications before surgery
3. Consider your recovery needs for rhinoplasty
Recovery from rhinoplasty can be uncomfortable. Severe pain is not the norm, but you may experience the following after your surgery:
- Significant congestion
- Mild headaches
- Sore throat
- Bloody discharge
- General discomfort
If a moderate amount of work was done, or if surgery was performed on the nasal bones, you’ll likely have a fair amount of bruising and swelling around the eyes. This won’t decrease significantly until two to three weeks after surgery.
You should plan to take a minimum of two weeks off from school or work. During that time, all physical activity will be restricted. Contact sports of any kind aren’t permitted for six weeks.
If you’re a student, you’ll most likely want to have surgery in the summer when you can take the time you need to heal without disrupting your studies or activities.
If you’re working and have no predetermined downtime, you’ll want to consider the fall or winter. Plastic surgeons will have more availability and you’ll find it easier to recover when you’re generally less active and spending more time indoors.
Emory Aesthetic Center
Your nose’s function and appearance will improve greatly during the six weeks following surgery, but it takes about one year to see final results. Let the highly-skilled facial plastic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center walk alongside you on this journey.