dIf you’ve read up on rhinoplasty or you’ve had one in the past, you are likely aware that swelling is the name of the game after surgery. You’ve probably read that the nose is healed in 1 year after surgery. Very few surgeries are discussed in these terms, making the rhinoplasty healing process unique. I’d like to discuss and offer some additional thoughts on nasal swelling after rhinoplasty and healing process you may find useful in your research on rhinoplasty.
If you’ve just gotten smacked in the face (it happens to the best of us!), it is important to know what to do afterwards. The first and most important thing is to make sure the brain is OK, so it is best to receive a proper emergency evaluation. Keep in mind that the elderly are the most at risk for serious injury. Thankfully, many times the injury is diagnosed as an isolated fracture of the nasal bones. So now what?
You’ve had the best rhinoplasty outcome, but over time even the best may require a revision rhinoplasty. Yes, it is a big undertaking- you have fixed your crooked nose, and now you start to notice your nostril collapse when inhaling, or you notice slight imperfections. Patients naturally have many questions before they go through the process all over again. To make things more difficult, there are lots of information – both good and bad – on the Internet making it nearly impossible to know what to do.
Here are 5 things to consider as you begin your search for a better rhinoplasty outcome:
- No two noses are the same
- No two surgeons are the same
- What are grafts?
- Are there any alternatives to surgery?
- Follow up!