A Step by Step Guide Before Your Rhinoplasty
With interest in plastic surgery, seemingly at an all-time high, we are seeing women from every walk of life, rich or poor, black or white, executive or housewife – all considering having something done! For many of these women, had you asked them 10-15 years prior they would have scoffed at the idea. However, today things are quite different, according to Dr. Richard Swift, the top plastic surgeon Midtown Manhattan has practicing, all this conversation about procedures, whether they be for the face or body, not only drums up business for surgeons, but it also educates women based on certain factors of surgery. The fact is patients, while they certainly respect the opinion of someone like Dr. Swift, being a top rhinoplasty specialist NYC patients simply seem to take first-hand procedure knowledge a long way. While it might seem strange, Dr. Swift can remember many a consultation in which patients simply didn’t want to take no for an answer, in fact even after saying she would have to lose 15 pounds for a certain procedure in order for it to not only be more effective and aesthetically pleasing but so that she there are no adverse health issues for the patient, as can often be the case if patients do not follow directions and follow general protocols. For the most part this warning is mostly for those who are looking to push a body contouring procedure like liposuction too far, to a point that isn’t comfortable for the surgeon themselves – which should mean something because they can earn thousands of dollars by simply doing the procedure, but would rather put the health and wellness of the patient first. When it comes to a procedure like the rhinoplasty however, while there is far less risk to the nose itself. Despite that fact, more surgeons than ever before are agreeing to perform nose jobs, and while the vast majority are fine, often Dr. Swift, as the top plastic surgeon Midtown Manhattan has to offer, would rather a patient pass on such a procedure, or possibly even try and see what the results of a non-surgical nose job which uses fillers instead. Regardless of what the situation is, Dr. Swift will judge your candidacy during your initial consult, in this article we will explain a nose job consult, as well as the other parts of the process and the thinking that goes with each decision a top notch surgeon will make.
· What is a Rhinoplasty?
Otherwise known as a nose job, a rhinoplasty procedure is a facial surgery procedure designed to help patients correct and enhance the size, shape, and positioning of the nose. When it comes to the nose job, there are two main reasonings for this procedure to happen – either for cosmetic purposes to enhance a patient’s appearance and the size or shape of her nose, and the second it for reconstructive purposes, essentially to restore the form and function of a nose, that may not be performing properly, as a result of some type of trauma.
· The Initial Consultation
Like with any other plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Swift, the top rhinoplasty specialist NYC has to offer, will begin the consult by getting to know the patient, as well as their health history and whatnot. Then they will go over the reason for the rhinoplasty and what the patients hopes to achieve as a result, and what she is aware cannot be done through a rhinoplasty. Then they will go through some paperwork and financial details, then it is likely time for a physical examination – in addition, Dr. Swift will also show the patient pictures of other patients before and after images. Once the examination is completed, Dr. Swift will show the patient what he recommends for surgery, from different things like tightening up the nostrils, to reducing the bump on the arch, and even slimming the overall width of the nose down a bit. Once the two parties can come to an understanding together, surgery is ready to be scheduled!
· Are You the Ideal Candidate?
Generally, as the top plastic surgeon Midtown Manhattan has to offer, Dr. Swift will thoroughly explain each and every possible issue that may be corrected as a result of a nose job. In addition, it is important that the patient understands that because the nose is positioned in the direct middle of the face, it can have a drastic affect on the appearance of the other facial features as well, therefore they must understand that as well, and make concessions. The best candidates are those that have any number of the following issues with their nose.
o Dorsal hump: A bump at the bridge of the nose
o Nasal width: A nose that is too wide or too narrow
o Asymmetry: A nose that is twisted or deviated
o Prominent nasal tip: A nasal tip that is round, bulbous, fatty, or disproportionate to the rest of the face
o Drooping nasal tip: The angle between the upper lip and lower nose that is less than 90 degrees
o Post-traumatic deformities: Shape aberrations after nasal injury
o Nasal airway problems: Internal valve collapse and septal deviation
· Prep and the Procedure
The most important thing when you are at this stage in the game, is to simply listen to your surgeon and his or her staff members, as that is the best way to ensure a smooth surgery, and recovery with results that not only match your exact desires, but look even better than they thought without looking overly enhanced and still maintaining that natural appearance. Avoid things like caffeine, soda, alcohol, and all smoking one month before the procedure, it helps aid in the recovery. When it comes to the procedure, there is the open or closed variety. Both approaches involve incisions being made within the internal nostril region, but the open rhinoplasty approach adds an external incision (a few millimeters) on the undersurface of the columella (i.e. the tissue that divides the nostrils). That external cut leaves a permanent scar, albeit not super visible. The skin of the nose is then “undraped” (similar to opening the hood of the car) so that the inner structures of the nose become visible. This allows you to do massive changes to the nose and take things apart more readily and reconstruct the nose. This is necessary for botched or revision [previously operated on] noses, or noses with very difficult anatomy. As the top rhinoplasty specialist NYC has to offer, its important to prepare for the aftercare part, take off work for a week or so, plan out pain meds, and other aspects of aftercare – which, relative to other procedures, is fairly simple for a rhinoplasty.
For more information on all there is to known about surgical enhancement, and more, be sure to contact Dr. Richard Swift today.