Common Rhinoplasty concerns and how to prepare for Rhinoplasty Surgery


When it comes to rhinoplasty, each patient is different. No two patients have exactly the same concerns or desires. Rhinoplasty a.k.a. a ‘nose job’ is a procedure which enhances facial harmony and the proportions of the nose.

Although it can be done on an outpatient or day care inpatient basis, it is still a surgery and should be taken seriously. Since it is a surgery, there are some guidelines to follow when preparing for it. Here we will address the top rhinoplasty concerns that patients have and how to prepare for the surgery.

  • How to choose the right doctor?

Nose is one of the focal points of your face, hence choosing the right doctor should be crucial. That is why you should always go for a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who is an expert in rhinoplasty. Always ask for  testimonials from patients of several doctors and view before and after pictures of their previous work regarding rhinoplasty. It is great if the Plastic Surgeon has done noses that you like, but keep in mind that the best nose for you may not necessarily be the same as that of someone else and a good Plastic Surgeon will guide you on all the key points for you. If you like what you see then you may have found a surgeon for yourself. Do not go for a particular surgeon just because his / her services are cheap, remember cheap can be expensive in the long run.

  • Is it painful?

Pain or discomfort is always managed by prescribed pain management medication and this is only done when necessary. The discomfort only lasts for a few days after the surgery and your surgeon will also provide you with tips for reducing pain.

  • Is the procedure done under anesthesia ?

Yes, the procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia to manage the discomfort, both in terms of pain as well as anxiety. You will therefore be asleep with anesthesia during the procedure and this is being delivered by a qualified medical professional, in a professional operating theatre environment.

  • Will it appear natural after the surgery?

Concerns about your appearance after a rhinoplasty procedure are quite legit as you would want to look more attractive. The best way of getting good results is by ensuring you choose the right Facial Plastic Surgeon whom you are comfortable to discuss your desired look. The Board-Certified surgeon should also ensure that the outcome looks natural. And having realistic expectations plays a major role in this too. A nose job is not meant to transform your life but to improve your appearance.

  • How long is the recovery period before I can return to work or school?

You should be returning to work/school after about 10 days. Most people won’t notice the change

as it will look natural but some will, so be prepared for the field of questions.

  • How to avoid complications?

There are several things you can do to avoid complications from rhinoplasty surgery. First of all, and at the risk of repeating ourselves, you need to choose an experienced, qualified Facial Plastic Surgeon. If you smoke, you may need to try and stop it well in advance of surgery as smokers do not make good candidates for the procedure. Follow the pre- and post-operative instructions that you will be given by your surgeon carefully. Other things you should avoid to prevent complications include sun exposure and, postoperatively anything that may cause trauma or excessive pressure to the nose.

  • Can I have a nose job if I have breathing issues?

The rhinoplasty procedure can generally improve breathing but in the wrong hands, it can lead to breathing problems. If you have breathing problems before the surgery, you should discuss it openly with your Surgeon as it should be looked at before having the nose job. Pre-existing breathing problems could affect the nose options available to you; as for any other pre-existing conditions, make sure you discuss them openly with your Surgeon.  

Some of the guidelines to follow when preparing for rhinoplasty surgery in Dubai:

  • Get a lab test
  • Stop smoking
  • Inform us of any current medication (if any)
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin or herbal supplements intake

Your plastic surgeon will discuss all of the above and more during your consultation.

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