Patients considering rhinoplasty might have many questions marks in their mind during their research. In this article we have gathered the most frequently asked questions about nose jobs and provided answers to them. In this article answer of questions about nose jobs are prepared by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS.
1. Am I a good candidate for a Nose Job?
Everyone is not a good candidate for a nose job. It is important that the patient is ready in terms of health, mental, and physical.
2. Does my nose tip go down after a Nose Job?
At the beginning of the healing period, it is normal to see the nose a little up than normal. Because of the pressure of the cast that put just after the surgery and the swelling on the nose. However, with the reduction of swellings, the nose will be in the desired form. After the healing phase is completed, your nose tip will not go down. With an experienced surgeon, you will not face any dropping issue after the nose job.
3. Do I experience numbness after a Nose Job?
At the beginning of the post-operative period, It is normal to experience numbness in the tip of the nose, upper front teeth or roof of the mouth. But it is a temporary situation. You will get back the feeling within the healing process.
4. Will I be able to reach the result immediately after the Nose Job?
The final result is not visible immediately. The duration of recovery may vary from person to person, depending on the skin quality and the interventions that done to the patient.
5. Is it possible to make the nose smaller by massage, without a surgery?
It is not possible to make the nose smaller without any surgical procedure.
6. Does my voice change after a Nose Job?
It is not possible to change your voice as there is no intervention to your vocal chords during the surgical procedure.
7. Am I too old for a Nose Job?
For females the age of 17 and for males the age of 18 should be completed. We can say 40 for the upper age limit.
8. Will the shape of my lips change after a Nose Job?
There will be no change if there is no intervention to the lips.
9. Will I experience loss of smell after a Nose Job?
In the first days after surgery, swelling may cause a temporary loss of smell and taste, but the nose will have its normal function as soon as possible. It is very minor probability to experience permanent loss of smell or taste.
10. How to clean the nose after a nose job?
Salty water spray is used to clean inside the nose in the early period after nose surgery. The nose should be washed 5 times a day with the salty spray. This way, mucus does not accumulate in the nose, and old crusts and clots are cleaned. Oily pomade should be applied inside the nose before going to bed. It is not recommended blowing your nose in the early period after nose surgery as it increases pressure inside the nose. Only after the 7th day, by closing one nostril with a finger, the other nostril can be blown. After the first week, patients can clean their nose by drawing normal tap water. However, they should not pick their noses with fingers. On the 7th day and the 2nd month after the nose surgery, nose cleaning should be done gently with cotton buds. The patient may begin to clean his nose normally after the second month of the nose surgery.
11. Can I smoke after nose job?
Smoking should be definitely stopped before nose surgery. Smoking affects healing very badly after nose surgery and might cause asymmetries in the nose. Therefore, one considering rhinoplasty should not be smoking before and after nose surgery and should stay away from smoking areas to avoid passive smoking.
12. When workouts/sports are allowed after nose job?
Workouts are not allowed for 6 weeks after surgery. Light exercises such as walking can be done after the 6th week. In sports that require close contact such as football and basketball and can be hit by the opponent, patients are recommended to do with a mask or do it after they are well recovered. Activities such as swimming and gym can be started after the 8th week. However, this also changes depending on the patient and the details of the surgery.
13. Does swelling and bruising occur after nose job?
It is common for swelling and bruising to occur after nose surgery. However with the current medical progress, utilized Closed and Atraumatic Approach and drug treatments swelling and bruising is minimized. Nevertheless, if the patients have an unknown bleeding disorder, if they have long periods of menstruation, and if their body is very sensitive and the slightest blow can swell and bruise they may get bruised. Another issue is bruising in cases such as taking blood thinning medications 10 days before the nose surgery, consuming alcohol 5 days before the surgery, and drinking water with lemon 2 days before rhinoplasty.
Swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty heal over time, even if nothing is done. Massaging the nose after nose surgery will eliminate swelling faster and accelerate the healing process. If bruising has occurred after nose surgery, homeopathic medicine can be prescribed so that it can be resolved faster. If the bruise has occurred inside eyes, it can be resolved by the eye drops.
14. Do I need to do nose massage after nose job?
Massage is very useful to resolve the swelling earlier after nose surgery. This massage should be advised by the doctor who performed your surgery. It is important to know the interventions performed during the operation while describing the massage. The content of the massage to be performed after the rhinoplasty surgery varies depending on the interventions performed on bone tissue, cartilage tissue, tissue with grafts, incisional tissue, or soft tissue. Therefore, massaging techniques should be determined by the doctor who performed the surgery. The nasal massage, which will be shown separately to the base of the nose, the bridge of the nose and the tip of the nose, can be done for up to 20 minutes a day. This massage can be performed everyday up to 2 months. Since the nose will be the most swollen when we wake up in the morning, morning nasal massage will be beneficial. The nose is the least swollen in the evenings. Thus, massaging your nose in the evenings can make it easier for you to recognize the nose’s true size. With a control examination to be performed 2 months after the nose surgery, it may be desired to continue the nasal massage or it may be limited only to the areas with swelling.
15. What is the physical condition like after nose job?
After the nose surgery daily activities will be restricted. Restriction of daily activities is also necessary for the rapid improvement of wound healing! The restriction will decrease after the 7th day and the patient will gradually reach previous activity performance.
16. Will there be bleeding after nose job?
Bleeding may occur first 24 hours after rhinoplasty surgery. The important thing here is to distinguish whether the bleeding is an active bleeding or old blood flowing out. If it is an active bleeding necessary precautions should be taken. The old blood outflow can be followed only by dressing. Bleeding occurring after 24 hours of nose surgery should be evaluated more carefully. In case of bleeding after nose surgery, the patient is asked to contact his doctor. Nose surgery is an operation that involves taking anesthesia (narcosis). After such an intervention, it is useful to stay under observation in the hospital for the first 24 hours. In situations that may occur after this type of surgery, the fact that the patient is already under observation provides rapid intervention.
17. Will there be pain after nose job?
There is almost no pain after plastic surgery. However, it is very dependent on the person’s pain threshold. If you are someone with low pain threshold, it will be painful after surgery. Patients with normal and high pain threshold describe post-surgery process as being very comfortable.
18. Will there be nasal congestion after nose job?
Post-operative nasal congestion may occur. This is due to the internal swelling of the nose, just like the swelling of the outside of the nose. Nasal congestion will also disappear with the reduction of nasal swelling. The reason for the obstruction that continues despite the reduction of the swelling of the nose is to be determined by endoscopic examination. Pill and spray treatment may be required to control this condition, which is more common in accompanying allergic issues.
19. What is the patient’s psychological (mental) state like after nose job?
Patient’s psychological state after the nose surgery is directly proportional to the preparation made before the operation. If the patient has mentally prepared himself sufficiently before the surgery and realized what to expect and didn’t proceed with the surgery emotionally, in that case he continues with a comfortable psychology after the operation. Pre-operative tension causes psychological difficulties after the operation. Some patients do not actually want to change subconsciously or are afraid to change. This group of patients may not accept the change of shape after surgery. It will be best for both the doctor and the patient to reveal these patients before the operation and not to let them go through operation until they become ready.
20. What is the best scenario after nose job?
Nose surgery performed to address the problems related to the physical appearance of the patient can increase the patient’s self-esteem. Thus, he will become more effective in his social life and more successful in his business life. If the surgery is well planned for a healthy person, performed in good hands, and no postoperative complications are observed, there is no obstacle to avoid this expected beautiful scenario.
21. What is the worst scenario after nose job?
Anything that can cause unhappiness after nose surgery is a bad scenario. The rhinoplasty surgery is an operation that includes general anesthesia and all stages must be carried out meticulously. There may be a prejudice among our people like “Nose surgery is a simple operation.”, but every operation is a surgical procedure which is a difficult process that must be carried out with maximum care. Detailed preoperative analysis is almost the only thing that can be done to minimize postoperative unhappiness. It is possible to see newspaper headlines and news like “He was in a coma after nose surgery.” This is actually something that reveals the importance of a nose surgery. However, it should not be forgotten that it is not nose surgery, but for some other reason, a health issue that did not show up until that time may break out during your surgery and make it seem like it is connected to the operation. Some rare cases may not be detected in preoperative tests. Things that happen 1 in a million or 1 in 100,000 can happen to us. It would not be honest to deny such situations. The work we do is a risky business, and only if the patients are informed about it and have accepted the risks, should be proceeding with the surgery.
We have come to the end of our blog post where we answered to the frequently asked questions about nose jobs like “How to clean the nose after a nose surgery?, Will there be bleeding after nose surgery?, What is the patient’s psychological (mental) state like after nose surgery?” and so on. We have given you detailed information so that you do not have any doubt about the process. If you still have a question mark in mind, all you have to do is to contact us at +90 543 456 36 93 or review our blog where you can find more comprehensive information about rhinoplasty.