For my patients, I also provide a post-operative packet. This includes arnica and other ointments, gauze and tape, an ice pack, and nasal decongestant spray. If your surgeon does not provide these items to you before or after your surgery, they are all helpful during the healing process. I encourage my patients to get anti-nausea medication for the first few days following surgery as well.
In addition to the financial cost of breast implants, women need to be aware of the emotional cost when asking how much do breast implants cost. Not knowing the status of their implants can take a toll on woman’s peace of mind. Recent survey findings* showed over 98% of women reported feeling concerned about silent rupture, including many women who already had silicone gel implants. When rupture is detected, it can result in feelings of insecurity and anxiety, as they don’t know how long it has been going on or whether they could have found out sooner. Both the worry and reality of silent rupture take a real toll on a woman’s overall well being, yet too many women don’t have all the facts before making a decision about their choice of implant.
This all depends on the initial individual situation of each patient. This is why it is important to have a thorough consultation with your surgeon, tell him/her your specific problem areas and desired outcome and get professional feedback on what is realistic, what can be done and what can be expected. Based on this, you will get an exact price of your surgery.
Case 88: The goals of this septorhinoplasty were to straighten her crooked nose and improve breathing. She also hated how her nasal hump and length brought attention to her irregular profile. In our opinion, the mark of a good rhinoplasty is that the nose should become a background feature, and she’s very happy to have achieved that goal with her Profiles rhinoplasty.
Reported treatments for BIA-ALCL vary from complete implant and capsule (scar tissue around the implant) removal to chemotherapy and/or radiation. In rare cases, deaths have also been reported (though none have been reported in Canada to date). Preventive removal of breast implants is not recommended in the absence of signs or symptoms suggestive of BIA-ALCL. Patients should discuss the risks and benefits of implant removal with their healthcare professional if they have concerns.
Case 25: This patient had what is called a tension nose wherein a convexity on the bridge pushes the tip forward and down. Notice how this also puts tension on the upper lip and appears to tether it from inside. a combination of straightening, improving breathing, removing the hump, and setting the tip appropriately also helps to relax the upper lip and complete the look.
If you don't know what nasal packing is, consider yourself lucky. Nasal packing is gauze placed deep inside the nose, usually to prevent or stop bleeding. Dr Rival uses nasal packing in only about 5% of all his rhinoplasty surgeries. Sometimes in very deviated noses he may place plastic splints inside the nose to maintain a straight septum for 5 to 7 days.
However, it’s not without real risks. A liquid nose job should be done only by a skilled plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, using only hyaluronic-acid-based fillers. Misplaced filler can cut off blood flow and cause skin necrosis (tissue death). If it’s caught quickly, the hyaluronic-acid filler can be dissolved by a doctor, using an injection of hyaluronidase. But because this risk is serious, fillers have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the nose.
Experience, time in the operating room, complexity and sometimes even the surgeon's reputation does not always produce beautiful noses. It is similar to asking the question how much does an artist's painting cost? I could answer this by saying that it depends on the cost of the paint, the canvas, the brushes, the amount of time it takes to paint, the rent costs at my studio, etc. Is this what makes the difference between a da Vinci painting and one by an art student?
While this may not be an option for many, consider asking for a loan from a relative or a close friend. Personal loans may be tempting since they have no bearing on your credit and don’t take your credit history into consideration. But beware; borrowing money from family and friends can put a big strain on your relationships, often ending in irreparable damage, which can make for some awkward Christmas dinners.
When you choose a surgeon with his/her relevant specialty and academic authenticity, it becomes more difficult. Even academic education passed in the best universities does not provide guarantees of surgeon’s skill. In fact, A and B points are necessary conditions but not sufficient. In our country, little attention is paid to scientific know-how of students before selection, and this results in the graduation of surgeons with higher scientific level but lower surgery skill and art. Now, how can we access to this information?!
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