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Rhinoplasty Timeline: From Consultation to Recovery | Stepanyan Surgical Arts Center

With nearly 220,000 rhinoplasties performed yearly, rhinoplasty, or a “nose job”, is one of America’s top cosmetic procedures.

In this article, Dr. Stepanyan and his expert team at Stepanyan Surgical Arts Center discuss the process of rhinoplasty, including consultation and recovery, what rhinoplasty is, why patients consider it, and what recovery looks like so you can have a comprehensive understanding of what to expect during this transformative journey.

Read more about rhinoplasty surgery in Glendale, Pasadena, and the greater Los Angeles area so you can confidently start your cosmetic journey. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Glendale rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Stepanyan by contacting us online or calling 818-551-0088 today.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the nose to improve its appearance and enhance facial harmony. It can alter various features of the nose, including the size, angle, and contour to achieve a look that better suits the individual’s face.

Why Do Patients Consider Rhinoplasty in the First Place?

Patients consider rhinoplasty for various reasons. Some seek it for cosmetic purposes, such as altering the size or shape of their nose to enhance facial harmony. Others may require it for functional reasons, such as correcting nasal obstruction that interferes with breathing.

Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct congenital deformities or injuries sustained from accidents or sports. Whatever the reason may be, rhinoplasty can significantly improve both your appearance and quality of life.

What Should You Expect During the Initial Consultation?

During your first meeting with Dr. Stepanyan, you’ll discuss what you hope to achieve through rhinoplasty. Dr. Stepanyan will do a close examination of your nose and assess your general health to see if you’re an eligible candidate. This session often includes taking photos of your nose from multiple perspectives, and computer imaging may be used to visualize potential outcomes. Use this time to ask any questions about the surgery in order to make an informed decision.

What Pre-Operative Steps Need to Be Taken?

Preparation for rhinoplasty starts well before the surgery day. You may have to undergo specific medical screenings or modify your medication routine prior to surgery. Quitting smoking at least six weeks before and after the surgery is highly recommended. You’ll receive comprehensive guidelines on what to avoid, like certain medications, and when to halt food and liquid intake. Adhering to these instructions is crucial for a smooth and safe procedure.  

How Is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Typically Performed?

Rhinoplasty is generally conducted under general anesthesia. Surgeons use incisions either inside the nostrils or at the nose’s base to access and reshape the inner structures. There are two principal methods: open and closed rhinoplasty.

In open rhinoplasty, a cut is made at the base of the nose, offering more visibility during the procedure. In closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are internal, leaving no visible scars.

The technique used will depend on your individual needs and goals for surgery, and you’ll confirm which exact technique will be used in your surgery with Dr. Stepanyan during the consultation phase of your rhinoplasty treatment.

What Immediate Post-Operative Care Will You Need?

After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a few hours before being discharged. You may need to wear a nasal splint for the first week to protect your nose while it heals.

You might experience swelling and bruising around your eyes, which will begin to improve after the third day. It’s important to keep your head elevated while sleeping and avoid blowing your nose during this time.

How Long Does the Initial Recovery Phase Last?

The initial recovery phase lasts about two weeks. During this time, it’s important to rest and avoid activities that could strain your nose. It’s important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard during the recovery process. Dr. Stepanyan will provide detailed post-operative care instructions and advise you on when it’s safe to resume your normal activities.

When Can You Return to Normal Activities and Work?

You can usually return to work or school within two weeks following surgery. However, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or rigorous exercise for at least three to six weeks.

What Long-Term Results and Changes Can You Anticipate?

In terms of long-term results, rhinoplasty can significantly improve both your appearance and quality of life. The changes made during rhinoplasty are usually permanent, although subsequent injury or natural changes over time could alter your nose’s appearance.

It’s important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery. While rhinoplasty can dramatically improve your appearance, it’s not a “perfect” procedure and there may still be some asymmetry or imperfections. Dr. Stepanyan will discuss all potential rhinoplasty outcomes with you so that you are informed about each step of the process, including your projected results.

How Important Is Following Post-Operative Care Instructions?

Following post-operative care instructions is crucial for a safe, successful recovery and optimal results. This includes taking prescribed medications, attending follow-up visits with Dr. Stepanyan, and taking care of your surgical site.

It’s also important to avoid certain activities that could compromise your healing, such as smoking or exposing your nose to direct sunlight. Make sure to follow Dr. Stepanyan’s instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.

Rhinoplasty in Glendale, CA

Undergoing rhinoplasty is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and preparation. Remember, every patient’s journey is unique, and Dr. Stepanyan partners with you every step of the way to ensure the best, most successful outcome.

If you’re considering rhinoplasty and have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Stepanyan online or by calling 818 551 0088 to start your journey towards a more confident you.  

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