As cosmetic surgery continues its upward flight in popularity, rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most popular procedures. According to the (ASAPS), which collects statistics each year, rhinoplasty was the third most popular procedure for men in 2007, with only liposuction and eyelid surgery being done more often. In 2006, it was the second most popular procedure for both men and women combined, with only breast augmentation being done more often for women.

Since we breathe through the nose, and oxygen is essential for life, rhinoplasty is often done for non-cosmetic reasons as well as for cosmetic reasons. When there is a hereditary condition which makes it hard to breathe, or somewhat harder, such as a deviated septum, nose surgery can correct that. And if that person would like a nicer shape to their nose, some cosmetic work can be done at the same time. Improvements in the nasal shape can create enormous changes in the facial shape and appearance.

Your facial growth would need to be completed, so you would need to be at least 13 years old. Good general health is important. If you are a smoker, you would be asked to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after your rhinoplasty, because nicotine constricts blood vessels, especially on the skin, and that would interfere with healing.

As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, you would need to have realistic expectations for the outcome. Nobody is physically perfect, and even the best cosmetic surgeon cannot necessarily give you a perfect nose. In any case, fashions change as to what constitutes a beautiful face, and rhinoplasty is not a reversible procedure.

Preparation for Your Rhinoplasty

Your cosmetic surgeon would have you get some lab tests done, and a general medical evaluation. He would ask what medications and health supplements you are taking, and might want to adjust those. You would need to refrain from taking any aspirin, and any anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements, because they tend to thin the blood, and could increase bleeding.

Your cosmetic surgeon will talk to you ahead of time about how the procedure will be done. He or she will give you any prescriptions ahead of time, so you can have them filled and ready on hand for your recovery period. You and your surgeon can discuss methods of anesthesia, and what you should do the night before and the morning of your surgery. You will probably be PO after midnight? which means you should take nothing by mouth after midnight, based on the assumption that your surgery is scheduled for 8 a.m. the next morning.


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