While techniques and risks with cosmetic surgery have vastly improved over the last several decades, elective surgery is something that should be carefully researched and considered before a decision is made. Potential patients must weigh the pros and cons of the procedure, determine the risks and costs, and choose a surgeon who is highly experienced. The results of some of the most popular procedures, such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck, can be covered with clothing if the results are not satisfactory. However, with nose surgery, there is no hiding your final result. Here are a few things to consider before committing to rhinoplasty.
You Will Not Be Able to Mirror Another Person’s Nose
Before you commit to rhinoplasty, you must know that a carbon copy of another person’s nose cannot replace your nose. Every person has a unique nasal structure, skin quality and color, and healing ability, all of which will affect the final result. No matter how skilled and experienced the surgeon, he or she is not able to fully predict the exact final outcome, since some of these factors cannot be seen and understood until surgery begins. We still encourage patients to have a general idea of the results they desire and provide Dr. Morales with pictures similar to their ideal nose. As long as the patient has realistic expectations along with clear communication of the results they hope to attain, the final result should be highly satisfying.
Complete Results Can Take up to a Year to Show
While “lunch-hour” procedures can give you your final results almost immediately, final results with rhinoplasty can take up to a year to show. The nose heals differently and much slower than other parts of the body. Most of the swelling will subside after the first couple of weeks, but a slight degree of swelling can last several months to a year. You will notice a definite improvement in the appearance of your nose after surgery, but the best results may require your patience. Before considering rhinoplasty, you should be sure the results you hope to gain will be worth the wait.
Revision Is Common With Rhinoplasty
Of all plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty and breast augmentation have the highest rate of revision. With breast augmentation, this is because breast implants can rupture or cause complications. Women also may simply want to change the appearance of their breasts as their bodies and preferences change over time. With rhinoplasty, the revision rate is high because of the complex nature of the nose and its ability to heal, even when performed by the most qualified and experienced surgeon. As a precaution, patients should anticipate the need for a secondary rhinoplasty procedure to fine-tune any potential imperfections.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, these points should not deter you from scheduling a consultation. Every patient is unique, and many of the factors of surgery are predictable and controllable. The best way to guarantee the best possible results is to choose a surgeon with experience and expertise in rhinoplasty.
Dr. David Morales is highly skilled in performing the rhinoplasty procedure and can show you before and after photos of his previous rhinoplasty patients during your consultation. To schedule your appointment, please call (214) 827-8407 or fill out our online contact form for more information.