So, you have already chosen a plastic surgeon, marked the date of surgery in the calendar for rhinoplasty and planned a short vacation. That’s all there is to it, isn’t it? Not really. Patients who do not discuss their expectations in detail with a plastic surgeon may miss the most important factor necessary for surgical success the realism of these expectations.
What do “realistic expectations” mean?
The results of rhinoplasty can be obvious or barely noticeable, rhinoplasty can make the nose bigger or smaller, help breathe freely or eliminate the effects of an old injury. The problems solved by rhinoplasty are incredibly diverse, and when the surgery is performed well and correctly, it can change your whole appearance, self-esteem and in some ways life.
However, when you are planning a rhinoplasty, it is important to understand what exactly can be achieved through nose surgery. Each person has different functional and aesthetic facial characteristics that can limit the scope of possible changes. For example, it is not always possible to get an exact copy of a celebrity’s nose, no matter how much you want it, and an experienced plastic surgeon will never promise you this. Sometimes patients who have suffered enough problems in life because of the size of their nose, have completely unjustified and impossible expectations for its future proportions. That is why it is important to have an open mind to your surgeon’s suggestions this issue can only be solved by dialogue.
What changes can be expected from the operation?
Rhinoplasty focuses on the features of the nose that are undesirable for the patient. Nose surgery may include changes in the size and/or shape of the nose, as well as changes in its individual details; the tip of the nose, nostrils or the back of the nose. Crooked nose, potato nose, pointed nose, pointing down or hooked nose-all this can be eliminated with rhinoplasty.
Results of rhinoplasty
It is clear that the surgeon cannot take someone’s nose and attach it to your face. Of course, he will try to do everything to bring the new shape to what you want. But the result of the operation cannot be 100% predictable.
It depends on factors such as the thickness and structure of your skin, nasal cartilage, and bones, as well as how the healing will take place after surgery.
In plastic surgery, as in any other of the surgical branches of medicine, there is no such thing as a perfect result, because each patient and each procedure is unique. Your result may be great, but it may still lag behind the ideal you’re aiming for. Therefore, carefully inform the surgeon about your expectations this is the key to success. When you come together to understand the planned procedure, there will be no surprises when your new nose heals.
Rhinoplasty itself is a very complex and delicate plastic surgery, which requires the utmost level of skill and attention to detail. An experienced plastic surgeon will certainly help you achieve the desired results. However, it is impossible to clearly state the success of the operation in advance, so do not forget to discuss the risks and possible complications after rhinoplasty during the consultation.
What if the results do not match the expectations?
Sometimes even patients with very realistic expectations may be disappointed with the results of surgery for various reasons. If this happens, it does not mean that now we will have to stay with this nose forever. This means only that you will have to face a choice; either leave your nose alone or carry out secondary rhinoplasty. The good and important news is that such cases are very rare. The very good news is that in 99% of cases when dissatisfaction with the results is still present, it takes place in a period of a week to several months.
Often, patients cannot initially accept the fact that the final result of the operation should take time the swelling will come off, the nose will acquire the planned position, shape and size, and then you can fully feel the happiness of the new nose.