When is the Best Time for Rhinoplasty?

When patients meet with us for Nose Job, AKA Rhinoplasty, consultations, they often ask us, “When is the best time to get a Rhinoplasty procedure done?” Technically, any time is fine, but we do notice that fall and late winter/early spring are when our office is the busiest. There are several reasons for this, which we will delve into here in a minute. However, if you are interested in getting a Nose Job, there is one thing we can tell you for sure: Now is the right time to do your homework, learn all about the procedure, and make appointments for consultations so you can choose the best surgeon for your procedure. 

You want your Nose Job to be a once in a lifetime event, and that means choosing an experienced Plastic Surgeon who takes a unique approach for each client, and is committed to producing a final product that is exactly right for you!

Now – onto the questions at hand: When is the best time for Rhinoplasty? Only you have the answer to that because everyone’s social calendar is different. The best way to select the right time for your Rhinoplasty is to follow these simple steps.

  • Understand the procedure and recovery. In most cases, a Nose Job will take between 1 and 3 hours, and requires a certain level of sedation. Therefore, you will need to have someone to drive you from the office to your home. Typically, any swelling or bruising will last for about 5 to 10 days. Most of our clients take a full week to ten days off work in order to recover. If you work from home, you may be able to work within 2 to 5 days, depending on how you feel. Every surgeon’s technique is different. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj uses internal stitches, which means they aren’t visible from the outside, and he does not use nasal packing after the procedure, because his technique doesn’t cause the same amount of bleeding and swelling that is associated with other doctors’ procedures. This can greatly reduce your recovery time. Don’t forget: there are things you can do to help improve your surgical outcome and speed up your healing time. Your diet and lifestyle choices have a direct impact on how well your body heals. During your consultation, we can discuss some dietary and supplement options that will help to reduce inflammation and bruising post-surgery. The more you can do to facilitate your own healing process, the sooner you will be able to look fantastic.
  • Get out the calendar. Scan your calendar and look for a three month period with the least amount of public social engagements. Now you can begin to see why early fall and early spring are two of the most popular times for getting a Nose Job. Winter brings a flood of holiday engagements and photo opportunities. Summer is full of weddings, family and class reunions, time spent out in the sun (which is a no-no right after your surgery as your healing tissues should be out of direct sunlight as much as possible), etc. By getting your Nose Job done in the fall or early spring, your brand new nose will be all ready to show off by the time those important events arrive.
  • Count backwards. Do you have an extra special event that you want to be ready for? Are you interested in getting a nose job or other Cosmetic procedure in time for a wedding or family photo? If so, you want to note that date and count backwards a few months. That will allow you time to be completely healed and attend to any complications, should they arise, in time to look your very best for your family, friends, and the photos that will be around for decades to come.
  • How long have you wanted a Nose Job? Cosmetic Surgery is not something that should be decided on a whim or at the request of another. You should be 100% ready to make the change, and have very realistic expectations about the outcome. That being said, don’t wait too long either. If you have been staring at your reflection, day after day, wishing your nose were different, then take control of your life and make it different. Why spend more days suffering over your reflection when you can make a decision, change your nose to the way you want it, and spend every day from here on out loving what you see looking back at you?

Answering these questions will help you to learn when the best time for your Nose Job will be. We’ll be here waiting to make your transformation a reality. Feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, one of New York’s premier Plastic Surgeons. 

How Rhinoplasty Can Correct Medical Problems

Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a Nose Job, is not purely a cosmetic procedure. There are a handful of instances where rhinoplasty procedures are used to correct serious medical problems, most of which are related to respiratory complications. Because these corrective surgeries are the result of a diagnosable medical condition, they are often covered by conventional medical insurance plans. 

Rhinoplasty is used to correct any anatomical nasal abnormalities, to restore healthy respiration, and will correct the nose’s appearance if it has become misshapen due to the nasal obstruction(s). Here are some of the medical problems that can be treated by Rhinoplastic Surgery.

Deviated Septum: The septum is the cartilage and bone that runs down the center of the nose, equally dividing the two nasal cavities. When this center line is even slightly angled, or deviated, it will cause one nasal passage to be larger than the other. If this deviation is great enough to significantly block a patient’s nasal passage, causing breathing complications, they are said to have a deviated septum. In addition to causing daily breathing complications, a deviated septum can also cause sleep apnea and chronic snoring, which compromises a patient’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. Individuals with a deviated septum are also more prone to sinus infections, congestion, and even nose bleeds.

Deviated septums can be caused by heredity, or can be the result of an injury or traumatic accident. Rhinoplasty can be used to restructure and/or shape this important column of bone and cartilage so that it lies at the center point of the nasal passages, and restores normal breath flow.

Overgrowth of the Turbinate Bones: The superior, middle, and inferior turbinate bones are rounded projections that run alongside the nose, down the length of the nasal cavity. Sometimes, these projections grow larger than normal, or they develop small bone growths, which begin to disrupt a patient’s ability to breath freely. Overgrown turbinates can also affect normal nasal drainage, which can cause frequent to chronic sinus problems, including sinusitis.

While overgrowth of turbinate bones can be caused by genetic factors, they are commonly the result of a broken nose. The broken bone will slowly heal itself by filling in the break. If the bone is deviated at all, or the regenerated bone material is excessive, this natural healing process can result in a nasal obstruction that needs to be corrected.

During a Rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will remove overgrowths or projections and make any anatomical corrections necessary to restore a healthy nose anatomy.

Nasal cysts or tumors: Sometimes, excessive tissue growth results in benign sinonasal tumors. These can crop up in the nasal cavity. Similar to previous nasal obstructions we’ve discussed, these tumors can obstruct airflow and can increase a patient’s chances of getting sinus and respiratory infections. They can also become uncomfortable. There are several different types of these tumors:

  • Nasal polyps (occur in the lining)
  • Hemangioma (an overgrowth of blood vessels)
  • Inverted papilloma (a wart-like growth)
  • Fibrous dysplasia (overgrowth of bone tissue)
  • Osteoma (bony tissue tumor)
  • Angiofibroma (an overgrowth of both fibrous tissue and blood vessels)

Rhinoplasty can be used to remove these growths and repair any damage that may have occurred as their result.

Complications from previous nose job: Sometimes, complications or
excessive scarring from a previous Rhinoplasty can cause nasal
obstructions that complicate breathing. During this corrective
Rhinoplasty procedure, the doctor will repair the  post-surgical
complications while maintaining the desired nose shape.

If you suffer from a nasal complication that may require Rhinoplasty, please contact Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, and make an appointment for a consultation. He will advise you as to which Rhinoplasty procedure will be best for you.

What to Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a Nose Job, is a surgical procedure used to reshape the nose. For some clients, the procedure is used for purely cosmetic purposes such as repairing profile issues, decreasing its size, or improving the shape. In other cases, it is medically necessary in order to improve a client’s ability to breathe. 

If you are interested in Rhinoplasty, chances are you are curious about what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. This guide will help to educate you, and prepare you for your procedure. It can also bring up important questions or concerns you can discuss with the surgeon during your private consultation.

Step One: The Initial Consultation

The first step in getting a new nose is having a face-to-face, private consultation with the doctor. In addition to listening to your concerns, Dr. Slupchynskyj will take face measurements, ask questions about your medical history, and take photos that will be used as a reference. This will give you an opportunity to get to know the doctor better, and decide the size and shape of the nose best suited for your natural face proportions. You may also be instructed regarding pre-surgical recommendations, including medications and supplements that should be avoided prior to surgery in order to reduce the chances of complications. If you are a smoker, we recommend you cease smoking for at least two weeks prior to surgery to reduce your chances of surgical complications and to facilitate your healing process.

Step Two: The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Depending on the results of your consultation, you will receive local anesthesia in order to keep you comfortable during the surgery. Once you are fully sedated, the doctor will begin making an incision to access the nose cartilage and bone. In most cases, these incisions are made on the inside of the nose to hide the scarring.At this point, the doctor will remove excess bone and/or cartilage, or he may need to add tissue, in order to build the nose according to your specifications. He may use tissue from your body or synthetic filler material, to complete the contouring.If you have a deviated septum, it will be corrected during this phase. Your nose will be straightened and the surgeon will reduce projections that obstruct your breathing. A nasal “cast” may be applied over the nose.  This helps to protect and also retain the nose’s new shape as it heals and are usually only necessary for the first week.

Step 3: Recovering With Your New Nose

It is completely normal to experience a little discomfort for the first few days. Some patients experience minor swelling and bruising in the upper face, yet some do not. Swelling begins to resolve after the first three days and even moreso after the first week to two weeks.  

We recommend that you keep your head elevated, and as still as possible, for the first several days. You should not participate in strenuous activities for several weeks. Healing is a complex process, so it can take up to a year before your nose will be completely restored to its new, permanent shape.

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