During a consultation for rhinoplasty, a surgeon will examine your nose, noting factors such as age, ethnicity, skin type and thickness, as well as any prior fractures or surgical procedures. Your surgeon will ask what you like and dislike about your nose.
Once your surgeon understands your expectations, together you will set mutual, realistic goals for the surgery. Your surgeon will discuss rhinoplasty options and techniques, with the aim of correction and improvement to achieve these goals. In addition, we will take photographs of your nose to help the surgeon plan the procedure that is just right for you.
Many patients find it helpful to bring a list of questions and a friend or family member to their first appointment.
About the Surgery
Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. This means that patients who do not have significant medical issues, such as sleep apnea, can go home the day of their surgery. You and your surgeon will decide with our anesthesia team what type of anesthesia that is right for you. Most patients will have very small sutures in place and a bandage on their nose for one week after surgery. Therefore, most patients take a week off from school or work but after a few days are comfortable enough to get some light work done at home. Nasal packing is not used after rhinoplasty, but occasionally splints inside the nose are needed to assist in the healing process. However, everyone’s experiences are slightly different and your surgeon will be able to provide you with additional information about what to expect.
The very best way to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. Contact the Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Center at Mass. Eye and Ear today at 617-573-3223.