Who wouldn’t want to look and feel beautiful? Every one of us would really want to feel pretty and look at ourselves and believe that we are attractive. Some who are not blessed to feel contented with what they physically have would go the lengths of trying different cosmetic surgery procedures just to enhance their assets or improve their flaws. For instance, those with bumps or asymmetry on the nose would search far and wide to find the best rhinoplasty surgeon who can deliver the best nose job procedure that would alter the way their noses look. But one of their first questions would be, ‘does rhinoplasty hurt?’. Here are just some of the common frequently asked questions about what a patient should expect to feel after rhinoplasty surgery.
Does rhinoplasty hurt? : Your nose job procedure
You may have seen it in documentary or reality TV shows where women who underwent rhinoplasty would be covered with bandages all over their faces. That sight could be a bit scary if you ask me. So the initial impression of people when it comes to rhinoplasty (or any facial cosmetic surgery for that matter) is that it is painful, and we can’t blame them. However, it is still best to know what happens during the procedure so you will not be blind-sided about the cause of any discomfort that you may expect to feel if, after reading this, you would still wish to push through with the surgery.
In rhinoplasty, your surgeon may choose between two techniques, the closed or open rhinoplasty procedure. They both use the same internal incisions in order for the surgeon to access the nasal structures that need to be altered. Their difference is that the open technique also includes one small external incision located in between the nostrils near the base of your nose, this is used to fully visualise the insides of the nose in cases where major modifications are needed. After the reshaping and resizing of cartilages and bone, your surgeon will carefully close the incisions using absorbable sutures the dissolve over time. Your nose is then splinted when needed and bandaged to protect and support the nose as you go home and recover.
Does rhinoplasty hurt?: Your post-nose job recovery period
After your rhinoplasty surgery, you can expect that the splints and bandages will stay for approximately a week until the bleeding stops and the shape of the nose is stable. While wearing these contraptions, you can expect to feel pressure inside your nose, as well as stuffiness and swelling. It may also be difficult to breathe but the discomfort should still be tolerable and would not cause you to become restless and lose sleep. Common complaints that patients report during their first-week post-rhinoplasty, aside from the earlier-mentioned swelling, difficulty breathing, stuffiness, and discomfort, include tenderness along the incision sites, loss of sensation on parts of the nose (particularly the tip), moderate facial bruising that extends to the circles of the eyes, on and off blood mucous discharge, and headache. Each patient may complain about different levels of discomfort during the first few weeks depending on their pain tolerance and the extent of their surgery, but you can rest assured that your surgeon will always find a way to address these post rhinoplasty complaints the best way he knows how.
For instance, medications will be prescribed to counter pain and inflammation. Some rhinoplasty surgeons would also prescribe prophylactic antibiotics if they feel that the patient is prone to develop a post-surgical infection. Wound care instructions are to be given to make sure that the incisions heal accordingly and visible scars that would make your rhinoplasty surgery noticeable to other people would be prevented. He will also give you strict orders about work restrictions and activity limitations while you are still on your nose job recovery period. These instructions should be clearly relayed to the patient and strict compliance should be imposed so that further complications and other post-rhinoplasty risks may be avoided.
Does rhinoplasty hurt? : When to call for help
In every surgical procedure, the surgeon would always require the patient to have follow-up consultations so that the integrity of the procedure and the overall health status of the patient are monitored. This will help both the doctor and his patient avoid unnecessary complications after, say, a rhinoplasty surgery. This is also a time and opportunity for the patient to voice out her concerns and questions in regard to the development and recovery of her surgical site, and when she can fully appreciate the final results of her cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure.
There are, however, circumstances where you need to request immediate medical attention during your rhinoplasty recovery period. Every potential client who wishes to undergo a nose job surgery should be aware and educated about what they should do if a complication or adverse effect of the surgery transpires.
We would recommend that if the following situations happen during your rhinoplasty recovery period, call for an ambulance or rush to the nearest emergency department for immediate care.
- Loss of consciousness
- Intolerable difficulty of breathing
- Chest pain
- Coughing out of blood
- Moderate to severe pain that does not go away even after drinking a prescribed potent pain medication
- Pain, swelling, and redness on the back of the knee, calf, or thigh (signs of deep vein thrombosis or DVT)
- Persistent bleeding from incisions (stitches may have come loose or prematurely removed)
- Fever, severe tenderness or discomfort, and purulent drainage (pus) along the nose which may be signs of infection
Still interested in getting your rhinoplasty surgery? Despite all the gory details of what can potentially happen to you if you have a bad nose job, we can assure you that, more often than not, rhinoplasty is indeed a safe and rewarding cosmetic surgery procedure that effectively improves your facial profile. Let our expert cosmetic surgeons help you understand the ins and outs of this surgical procedure so you would know if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty.