After the doctor determines that a patient is physically qualified for surgery, he or she asks about the aesthetic or health-related objectives. When seeking rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, patients may want to bring in pictures of what they want their noses to look like. An exact replication may not be possible. However, these images will help the doctor create a treatment plan in keeping with the patient's cosmetic goals.
In the initial surgical consultation, patients should discuss their specific needs and aesthetic goals to ensure that these goals are realistic. While rhinoplasty can achieve dramatic results, the procedure will not completely alter a patient's appearance. Rather, it is intended to enhance an individual's beauty and correct minor to moderate imperfections. Fortunately, even small changes can have major, positive effects on a patient's overall appearance.
In the weeks before any surgery, it is important for patients to eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrition will speed healing and minimize the risk of infection. In particular, individuals should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Nutrition supplements are also beneficial. Doctors may recommend specific supplements, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and bromelain.
Patients who are unhappy with their previous nose job results are candidates for secondary rhinoplasty. Whether the nose is deemed too small, too large, or improperly shaped, a skilled surgeon may be able to correct the problem. Patients who experience breathing difficulties following rhinoplasty may also opt to undergo a second procedure. Factors influencing candidacy for revision rhinoplasty include:
Healing rates vary after liposuction. Depending on the amount of fat removed and the number of locations treated, patients may return to work within 24 hours to 1 or 2 weeks after treatment. Those having liposuction of the abdomen, hips, buttocks or thighs are asked to wear a support garment such as Spanx® post-operatively for 1 to 2 days. Patients can usually return to exercise and other strenuous activity within 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from bruising and swelling can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months. The slimmer contour achieved after liposuction can be maintained with a sensible diet and regular exercise.