Rhinoplasty is also widely known among enthusiasts and patients as a ‘nose job.’ It can enhance your nose’s proportions and facial harmony to improve your cosmetic appeal.
Depending on your needs, your GP may also recommend rhinoplasty surgery as part of your treatment plan to improve your breathing if you have persistent snoring or breathing complications. Dr. Samuel Ho, a board-certified rhinoplasty surgeon with extensive experience in rhinoplasty and related reconstructive procedures, explains what rhinoplasty is, the types of rhinoplasties, and the basics on this page: https://www.allureplasticsurgery.sg/rhinoplasty-nose-surgery-singapore.
What you should know about Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty surgery is a permanent way to modify the appearance, size, or shape of your nose. Therefore, if you are considering having this procedure, it is important that you know the basics of this treatment. This quick guide explores six common rhinoplasty surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) your plastic surgeon may want you to know before consenting to this procedure. Read on.
I. Does Insurance Cover Rhinoplasty Surgery?
There are instances when your health insurance company may provide some cover or reimburse you for rhinoplasty surgery costs. You are most likely to benefit from this if you had a rhinoplasty procedure to improve or correct your breathing if it was affected by a deformity or structural damage in your nose.
Do note that every insurance provider has specific criteria for determining your medical coverage for procedures like rhinoplasty. Therefore, be sure to understand your provider’s terms before proceeding with the treatment if you’d want your insurance to cover the treatment costs.
If you are contemplating rhinoplasty as an option to improve your appearance, you may have to fund your rhinoplasty treatment from your pocket. Most insurance companies do not provide coverage for cosmetic procedures like rhinoplasties.
The insurance companies consider such treatments medically unnecessary. If something goes wrong though, (which is very rare with rhinoplasty provided that you are working with an experienced and knowledgeable rhinoplasty surgeon), you will need an insurance plan that provides cover for cosmetic surgery complications.
II. How do you prepare for Rhinoplasty?
Before scheduling your rhinoplasty surgery, you will need to see your rhinoplasty surgeon to discuss your motivation for this treatment. You will also discuss your expectations and most importantly, your risk factors for potential complications.
During this pre-operative appointment, the plastic surgeon will want to know if you have had any surgeries in the recent past. They will also ask about your medical history with nasal obstructions (if any) and inquire if you are currently on any medications, or have any disorder.
Bleeding disorders like hemophilia, for example, are of primary interest so you will need to provide honest responses as this will help the surgeon determine if this operation is safe for you. Other than the medical history, the doctor will also have you undergo a physical exam which will include an examination of the outside of your nose, the inside, and your facial features.
You can also expect the surgeon to order photographs of your nose taken from different angles. If you are approved for rhinoplasty surgery, the plastic surgeon will want you to avoid any medication that contains ibuprofen or aspirin for 14 days before and after your treatment.
You will also be advised to avoid herbal remedies and OTC supplements as you prepare for this treatment. Finally, you will need to stop smoking when preparing for rhinoplasty surgery (that’s if you are an active smoker). Smoking may slow down your recovery after the operation.
III. Will I Need a Hospital Stay after a Rhinoplasty Surgery?
You can expect to safely leave the facility on the same day after your rhinoplasty surgery. A significant fraction of people who undergo rhinoplasty surgery do not require a hospital stay, so you may also typically expect the same.
The only exception will be if you get worrying anesthesia side effects or any other health complications that would need keen monitoring. In such cases, the rhinoplasty surgeon may recommend a hospital stay.
It is also advisable that you do not drive yourself home after this treatment, implying that you will need someone to drive you home after the operation. For your recovery, you will need to take some time off, around seven days, from most obligations, including school and work.
IV. What will my Nose look like after a Rhinoplasty Surgery?
You will be able to see how your nose may look after rhinoplasty surgery. As mentioned earlier, the plastic surgeon will order different photographs before your treatment.
The plastic surgeon can manipulate these standardized images to give you some hint on how your nose or face may look after the nose job. You can always proceed or cancel the treatment if you are pleased or not pleased with these initial images.
V. Does Rhinoplasty Have Side Effects?
Like any surgical treatment, rhinoplasty isn’t completely risk-free. It has a few side effects so, before proceeding with this treatment, your plastic surgeon will ask you to sign a consent form.
You will need only to sign these forms when you are certain that you have fully understood this procedure and potential complications or risks. The complications are not severe in most cases, though, so you shouldn’t fret. Here are some of the potential rhinoplasty side effects that your rhinoplasty surgeon will want you to understand before this treatment.
- Infection: If you’re working with a board-certified rhinoplasty surgeon, you shouldn’t get an infection unless you do not follow the aftercare guidelines as advised by the doctor
- Slight swelling and discoloration around the nose
- Mild redness or scarring
- Breathing complications
- Varied sensations like discomfort, numbness, or itchiness
- Adverse reactions to the anesthesia used during your treatment
- Nasal septal perforation which is also pretty rare
VI. Can you die during Nose Surgery?
The risks of dying from a rhinoplasty surgery if you are treated by a board-certified rhinoplasty surgeon are almost non-existent. This risk may most likely be due to adverse reactions to the anesthesia if it does happen. There may be a need for an allergy test if you have a history of allergic reactions.
Rhinoplasty isn’t a simple operation but the changes that it promises can give you wholesome change in the way your nose functions or looks. To learn more about rhinoplasty or schedule a preoperative appointment, give us a call to help you pick a date for your consultation.
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