How old do I have to be in order to undergo rhinoplasty?
With rhinoplasty, it’s important that the patient’s nose is fully formed. This typically happens at around 16 years old for girls, and 18 years old for boys. If the nose is fully grown earlier and Dr. Doshi has approved the surgery, then the patient can move forward with rhinoplasty. Anyone younger than 18 years old will need their parents’ or guardians’ consent for surgery. In addition to age, the patient’s overall health, both mental and physical, will be assessed before deciding if rhinoplasty is safe.
Is rhinoplasty painful?
Thanks to Dr. Doshi’s conservative, cutting edge techniques, most clients don’t find rhinoplasty to cause undue discomfort. On occasion, clients may require nasal packing to control postoperative bleeding, and this can be bothersome. However, any packing is removed within 48 hours. Dr. Doshi will ensure that you receive the proper pain medications after surgery to keep your recovery process on track.
How long will it be before I can resume my normal activities?
Most clients can resume their normal schedules within 3-5 days after surgery, bearing in mind that they will still have some swelling and bruising to contend with and they may have to wear a cast for the first week. Most of the swelling will subside within about 3 weeks. During this time, you should try to refrain from strenuous activities that could enhance the swelling or increase your blood pressure.
What will rhinoplasty scarring be like?
Scarring will depend on whether Dr. Doshi performs open or closed rhinoplasty. With closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made intranasally, or within the nostrils where they are completely hidden from view. Open rhinoplasty may be chosen if the client requires more in depth changes to the bridge, tip or nostrils. In this case, a small incision is made at the base of the nose, where it is virtually unnoticeable
What happens if I am unhappy with my results?
Swelling with rhinoplasty can last up to a year after surgery, so it’s important that you give your nose time to achieve its final shape before judging its appearance. Patience is among the hardest parts of undergoing rhinoplasty, because often the beauty of your new nose isn’t apparent instantly. It can be valuable to join online forums that discuss the recovery process, so you can measure your experience against that of your peers. If you are still unhappy with your nose job after 12 months, you can consider revision rhinoplasty.