While the rhinoplasty is an incredibly common cosmetic surgery with hundreds of thousands of people choosing to have it performed every year, you may not feel as if you know much about it. Our goal at the OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique is to clear up your concerns by providing some of the most common California rhinoplasty Q&A’s here.
Although many young teenagers may feel quite unhappy with the shape or size of their noses, it is best to wait to perform a rhinoplasty until the nose has completely finished growing. While the exact age may differ for individuals, most girls are ready by the age of 15, and most boys are ready by the age of 16. Usually, rhinoplasties are not performed beyond middle age. Therefore, the best age for most people is late adolescence to early adulthood to ensure proper healing.
Open rhinoplasty is the traditional nose job in which incisions are made around the base of the nose as well as in several other areas to reach the necessary tissues and bones beneath the skin. However, with closed rhinoplasty, all of the incisions are made inside the nose so that you are not left with any scars. Obviously, a closed rhinoplasty is the ideal choice in most circumstances, although it may not always be possible.
A California rhinoplasty is nearly always performed as an outpatient procedure, and most patients are able to return to their own homes within a few hours after the completion of surgery. You will be sent home with complete care instructions and a prescription for pain medication if needed.
You will probably wear a nose splint for the first week and notice significant bruising and swelling for two to three weeks. However, you can probably return to work within two weeks if you feel comfortable enough to do so.