Published October 3, 2014

What to Expect from Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Just as it is with any other cosmetic surgical procedure, people interested in undergoing rhinoplasty surgery are more likely to make the best out of the procedure when they have the proper expectations in mind. Having the right expectations out of a nose job surgery will enable patients to prepare for just about any aspect of the operation from the day of the procedure to dealing with the recovery process which can be a hurdle for some patients.

Now one of the first things that people ought to know about having a nose surgery in Sydney is that it often takes at least 6 months for the results of the operation to become fully apparent. In some cases it may even take as long as 2 years! Hence it is not one of those cosmetic surgical operations with results that are readily apparent after the procedure. On the contrary, the nose can look rather unsightly a few days after the procedure due to the bruising and swelling. Patients simply need to give their nose some time to look amazing! Complications as a result of the procedure are fairly low and in the hands of an experienced and highly reputable surgeon, patients are less likely to encounter any issues that require revision rhinoplasty in the future.

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In terms of results, there are a number of variables that can ultimately affect outcome which again requires a significant period of time to become readily apparent (skin thickness and quality, tissue quality, individual healing process, etc). Although rhinoplasty surgery is regarded as one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the country, people need to know that it is a fairly complex and delicate procedure. As such, there may be times wherein additional surgery is required in order to achieve the desired results. In order to steer clear of disappointments, people need to keep in mind that the procedure has its share of limitations and it would certainly help to know what to expect after undergoing the procedure.

Now during the recovery process, patients can expect to feel some mild to moderate pain and discomfort on the site of the operation. Pain medications may be prescribed to help patients cope with the pain and discomfort for the first few days. Patients may also experience some skin discolouration on the site of the operation which eventually  subsides within 2 to 3 weeks. Know that these experiences are completely normal and present no cause for concern. Of course if any of the aforementioned conditions seem quite severe or persist longer than expected, it would be best to inform your surgeon about the matter as quickly as possible.

A few other things that people can expect when recovering from a rhinoplasty:

• Mild to moderate bruising which typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to subside. Sufficient rest and a daily intake of vitamin C supplements should help expedite the healing process

• Moderate bleeding through the nose a few hours after the surgery. Brisk bleeding is also a possibility particularly for patients who are predisposed to unpredictable spikes in blood pressure cause by anxiety or movement. Such patients are advised to continue taking blood pressure medications and rest in an elevated head position for the first few days after the procedure.

• Breathing discomfort which can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days. The feeling of nasal congestion is the body’s normal response to the internal pressure.

• Some patients may experience a slight asymmetry in both sides of the nose that eventually fades along with the healing process with no aesthetic significance.

So there you have it – a few things that people ought to expect when undergoing a rhinoplasty operation. Would you like to know more about the said procedure or are you interested in undergoing the operation yourself? Call us today on 1300 368 107 to book a consultation with Dr Tavakoli – one of the top experts in Sydney when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.