If you’re considering getting a nose job also known as a rhinoplasty procedure, then it’s probably something you have been thinking about a lot. Unless you have had a consultation or if you know others who have had the procedure, it can be hard to know exactly what to expect and in turn, decide whether it is the right choice for you. Here are a few things you should know before you get a nose job.

Have Realistic Expectations

Did you know that opting to get a nose correction to achieve your “perfect nose” might not be possible? Your bone structure may not allow it or perhaps the shape will not suit your face. You can use reference pictures but trust that your doctor is going to know the best route to take and will keep your expectations realistic. They will work with you to come up with something you are happy with before they go ahead with any procedure.

You might not like your appearance straight away

It varies between patients, but you will not see your desired results immediately. To begin with, there will be a lot of bruising and swelling and you will most like have a splint on your nose. If you follow the doctor’s orders strictly, get plenty of rest and take anti-inflammatories then you should start to see the swelling go down after about a week but as mentioned before, it varies from person to person so be patient. Whilst most of the swelling or bruising will be gone within about 6 weeks, it could take up to a year for the final results to be visible!

Things To Know Before You Get A Nose Job

Not Everyone Can Get A Nose Job

It is best to consult a doctor for the specifics, but it is important that you are in good health, and you will be told to quit smoking, or at least stop whilst you are recovering. You also need to have realistic expectations and be flexible with what it is you want; a good doctor will not do the procedure unless they are sure you will be happy with the outcome.

You, Will, Have To Take Time Off

Everyone heals differently but you should allow yourself plenty of time to recuperate before you go back to work. This is not a procedure that you can do in your lunch break and head back into the office. It is typically recommended you take a week or two off work – your doctor will advise you of the healing time as it can also vary depending on the type of procedure you get.

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Things To Know Before You Get A Nose Job

Ask Lots Of Questions

This is not a time to be a polite or just smile and nod. A prospective patient needs to ask their doctor plenty of questions to make sure that they have a complete picture of exactly what is going to happen.

Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients, ask for details about the specific procedure you are going for and how it is done. Ask about any alternative surgeries that the doctor may recommend instead, depending on what your insecurities are there might be a less invasive procedure that will also produce positive results for you.