- Preparation for Rhinoplasty/Nose Aesthetics Surgery
- The Surgical Procedure in Rhinoplasty
- Follow-up and Recovery Period after Nose Aesthetics Surgery
- Control and Follow-up Process After Rhinoplasty
Frequently asked questions:
1- Which medical specialist should be performing the nose aesthetics surgery?
Nose aesthetics surgery/rhinoplasty is not a process of reshaping the nose only. If the structural problems that do not show from the outside are not fixed during surgery, they may cause physical deformity in the long term, as well as cause intranasal congestion in the reduced nose that was not present before. The nose is a dynamic organ and must be operated with caution. Therefore, the medical specialization of the surgeon is not as important as the knowledge and experience of the surgeon in this field.
2- Why is it suggested that nose surgery is a special surgery?
The nose of each individual is unique in its three dimensions inside and outside. Therefore, it is necessary to make personalized decisions during each surgery. These surgeries are not operations that can be performed with text-book knowledge. The procedure involves careful planning. The surgeon must be able to act outside the plan if necessary and the communication between the surgeon and the patient must be intact.
3- Is difficulty level for each surgery different?
Of course, it is. Sometimes it may be much more difficult to provide the desired correction in noses that do not appear to be very problematic compared to those that have significant malformation.
4- Which technique is the best in nose aesthetics surgery/rhinoplasty: open technique, closed technique or something else?
I tend to use closed rhinoplasty more often in compatible patients or those who especially request this technique and am quite satisfied with it. However, open rhinoplasty should be preferred in difficult noses. Still, similar procedures are employed in both open and closed techniques, although they are presented differently.
5- Is there an age limit for nose aesthetics surgery/rhinoplasty?
We generally prefer women to be over 16 and men to be over 17 for this surgery. However, this is not a very strict rule. Serious problems can be corrected at earlier ages. The recovery becomes slower, the swelling regresses later than usual in older age. The age factor is especially important after 40.
6- Will you be showing me how my nose will look after surgery using Photoshop?
I like to use Photoshop and believe it needs to be used in order to understand the expectations of the patient. However, such programs do not determine how your nose will look exactly after surgery. If that was the case, the best Photoshop users would be doing the best surgeries.
7- I have congestion/deviation in my nose, should I undergo rhinoplasty while having the correction surgery for these problems?
If you are asking this question, you probably already want to have rhinoplasty. If this is what is in your mind, just go with it 😊
8- Which season is more suitable for rhinoplasty/nasal aesthetics surgery?
In the past, air conditioning was not as common, and people were concerned to be exposed to heat after surgery. Unless you will be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme heats and if you can manage without wearing sunglasses, you can undergo rhinoplasty surgery any time during the year.
9- When can I travel by plane after rhinoplasty?
You can ride on a plane the next day after surgery. However, I personally recommend travelling after the removal of the plaster, which will generally be one week after the surgery. Still, if there is a physician to follow you up where you are travelling to, it is okay to board a plane the next day.
10- When can I go back to work after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
You can go back to doing desk work the next day after surgery. Still, if you have to come face to face with people, you will probably want to go back to work after your plaster is removed after the first week.
11- Do you use nasal tampons after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetic surgery? Does it hurt a lot when these tampons are removed?
I do not use tampons anymore, but I do use silicone plaques to support the surgical area. These silicone plaques are very flexible and slippery; therefore, they do not cause pain when removed.
12- Can sinusitis surgery, congestion surgery, bone/cartilage deviation surgery be combined with rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
Yes, it can be done. All problems that need to be corrected or treated inside your nose can be performed in combination with rhinoplasty.
13- What cautions should I take after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
You should not wear glasses for six months after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery. I may allow very lightweight, titanium-framed glasses at early stages depending on your level of recovery. Do not be exposed to direct sunlight for at least three months. You can start light exercises 15 days after surgery. I would recommend waiting for up to one month before swimming because of hygienic purposes. In any case, you must protect your nose from trauma.
14- Will I suffer from a lot of pain after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
To this day, I have never had a patient that suffered from intense pain. Still, it is important to know that no surgery is completely pain-free.
15- What is the duration of the rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery operation?
Indefinite 😊 I always say that because the important thing is the duration to achieve the result, not the duration of the operation. Please don’t bother yourself too much with time.
16- Is general or local anesthesia used to perform rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
The operation is performed under general anesthesia.
17- How important is the pre-operative interview?
I find it very important. During the interview, the patient meets the surgeon, while the surgeon finds the opportunity to understand and evaluate the expectations of the patient. If there is no mutual trust, I suggest you interview other surgeons until you find someone you trust. A patient with hesitations leaves their surgeon in a very difficult position.
18- Can I laugh or brush my teeth after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
Of course. Please do those 😊, but of course without creating too much tension in the surgical area.
19- Should I bring photographs of the noses that I like?
Yes, please. This is something that we actually request as surgeons. However, if you have thick skin, it is not very beneficial to show us examples of noses with thin skin, with sharp edges or other features that are impossible to satisfy.
20- Is there a difference between male and female nose aesthetics surgery?
The female nose is more raised than the male and the angle between the nose and the forehead is softer. The techniques and principles used in male and female surgery are the same, but the dimensions and angles should be different.
21- What is nasal tip aesthetics surgery? What is its difference from rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
We only change the shape of the nose tip in nasal tip aesthetics operations. If you have a smooth, beautiful nose back and you are satisfied with your nose, there is no need to interfere with it. In some cases, even if the nose back looks arched, the problem can be solved just by elevating the tip of the nose. Nasal tip aesthetics surgery is sufficient in such patients.
22- Is it possible to have nasal aesthetics surgery/rhinoplasty without a surgical operation?
There is a considerable number of people who want to have a more beautiful nose without any surgery. There are some methods with certain disadvantages that I will mention below.
23- Nose filling
The nasal arch cannot be removed with nose filling but may be concealed and the nasal tip can be elevated a bit. The nose cannot be shrunk by filling but can be enlarged to provide a more proportionate appearance. The most important disadvantage of nose filling is that it is temporary and needs to be renewed after 6 months/1 year.
24- Nasal tip botox
Botox applied to the nasal tip will provide some elevation to the tip. The main disadvantage of this application is that it is temporary and needs to be renewed after 6 months.
25- Nasal tip elevation with threads
The effect is not permanent and if you decide to have rhinoplasty later, unpredictable risks may arise.
26- How long do swelling and bruising last after rhinoplasty/nose aesthetics surgery?
This depends on the individual. If you have an easily bruising and swelling skin type, there is a great chance it will also occur after surgery. However, with current techniques, I can say that bruising almost never occurs in 80% of the patients. Still, some mild swelling occurs inevitably during the recovery period. Among the causes of swelling is the body’s own effort to heal. After one month, the swelling will regress to a level that can only be noticed by comparing the photos taken afterwards.