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Considering Rhinoplasty? How to Ensure the Best Results

Posted November 29, 2023 in Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” has been performed for hundreds of years, with the earliest recorded procedure dating back to Egypt in 3,000 BCE. Initially, rhinoplasty was purely a reconstructive procedure to repair or reconstruct noses affected by injury or illness. But in the late 1800s, the first cosmetic rhinoplasty was performed, and it’s been a growing field in plastic surgery ever since. In 2022, over 45,000 rhinoplasties were performed in the United States, and it remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among both men and women. 

So perhaps you’re thinking about getting rhinoplasty surgery and wondering how to ensure you get the best results from your procedure. Below, we discuss some ways you can help make your rhinoplasty surgery a success.

Profile photos of a woman simulating before and after a rhinoplasty.
  1. Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Rhinoplasty and Facial Surgeries

The best way to find the most qualified plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty is to do your research. Not only should you look at a surgeon’s experience, but more importantly, you should also consider their credentials. 

First and foremost, they should ALWAYS be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the ONLY plastic surgery board certification recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Board certification means that the surgeon underwent rigorous training and testing, and they also engage in continuing education and must recertify periodically.   

Research the surgeon’s experience, including additional certifications, honors, and specialties. For a rhinoplasty, it’s best to find a surgeon specializing in facial surgery, especially maxillofacial procedures. Read patient reviews and look at before and after pictures to get an idea of actual results.   

  1. Make the Most of Your Consultation by Addressing Your Questions and Concerns

Your consultation is your best opportunity to get to know your surgeon, so be prepared to address any questions or concerns you might have. You’ll also want to ensure you have a good rapport with your surgeon and feel comfortable. Some questions to ask include:

  • Does a national or state agency accredit your surgical facility?
  • Do you have hospital privileges? (Hospitals only grant privileges to surgeons who are board certified in the type of surgery they’re performing)
  • Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
  • What type of rhinoplasty will I need—open or closed?
  • What is your revision rate (how often they’re asked to perform rhinoplasty revisions)
  • What are my options if I’m unhappy with the results of my surgery?

You may have other questions you want to ask about preparing for your surgery, the procedure itself, and your recovery, and your surgeon will go over those with you during your consultation.

  1. Assess Your Reasons for Undergoing Rhinoplasty

Like any plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty should be something you’re doing because you wish to change the appearance of your nose. It should never be done to meet someone else’s beauty standards or to look more “conventionally attractive.” Evaluate your reasons for seeking rhinoplasty surgery, and if you’re unsure if it’s the right decision, don’t do it.

  1. Have Reasonable Expectations for Your Results 

When talking with your surgeon, you’ll go over why you wish to undergo rhinoplasty surgery and what you expect from your results. While you may come armed with an idea that you’d like your nose to look like a celebrity or popular influencer, it may look out of place on your face. The reality is that a reputable and ethical surgeon will work with your unique facial structure to create symmetry and a natural-looking result that enhances your look without drastically altering your appearance.

If you want a completely different nose or expect a rhinoplasty will “change your life,” it’s essential to reexamine your reasons for surgery and ensure that your expectations are realistic.

  1. Prepare for the Procedure Accordingly

Your surgeon will give you specific rhinoplasty post-op instructions that typically involve limited movement, monitoring the surgical area, and caring for your sutures. Make sure you’re familiar with and prepared to follow these instructions to ensure proper healing.

Before your surgery:

  • Prepare your recovery area so you can relax as soon as you return home
  • Pick up any prescription medication
  • Have the necessary post-op supplies on hand, including saline nasal spray, extra gauze dressings, and other items your surgeon recommends

Following your surgery:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid any strenuous activities
  • Keep your head elevated
  • Take your prescribed medication as directed

You will have swelling and sensitivity around the surgical area, so keeping your head elevated for at least the first 48 hours will help minimize swelling. Resting in a recliner or propped up on pillows will keep you comfortable, and cold compresses (not ice packs) will also help.

Following your surgeon’s post-op instructions to the letter cannot be emphasized enough. Their instructions come from their extensive expertise and experience, helping to ensure that you have a smooth recovery and that your rhinoplasty results are as beautiful as you expected. Additionally, if you have any concerns or questions about how you’re healing, contact your surgeon immediately.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty in Miami

For the best and most qualified rhinoplasty surgeon in Miami, look no further than Dr. Paul Durand and Careaga Plastic Surgery. Dr. Durand is board-certified by the ABPS and is a member of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, among other prestigious societies. His comprehensive training allows him to deliver subtle, natural results that complement your features and create a more balanced and symmetrical appearance. To schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Durand, call (305) 615-4987 or complete the online contact form.


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