In the initial days after rhinoplasty, it is important that the changes to the nasal tissue be preserved. After closing the incisions made during surgery, a surgeon will place a splint to help retain the new shape of the nose. In some cases, the doctor may also place pieces of gauze, or nasal packing, inside the nostrils. The material will help reduce bleeding and keep the septum in place. The gauze may cause some discomfort. However, it is typically removed within a few days of surgery, and goes a long toward maintaining the results of surgery.
The patient's medical history and overall health can elevate the level of difficulty of the surgery. For example, if you are suffering from an immune deficiency or a chronic condition, such as uncontrolled diabetes, you instantly increase the complexity of the surgery. This also affects your recovery. You may need more time to relapse and get back to your everyday routine, which might mean you will need to take more medications after the surgery (for a longer time than usual), and potentially more time off work. All that equals more money spent on your behalf.
Smoking does not necessarily disqualify a patient from rhinoplasty, but he or she will need to stop for at least two weeks before and two weeks after the procedure. Additionally, certain medications can inhibit healing. If possible, doctor may recommend safer alternatives. Of course, the doctor also examines the patient's nose. He or she checks skin quality, shape, the amount of tissue, and the condition of the septum.
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