You might be thinking about having a nose job (also known as rhinoplasty surgery) to repair a birth defect, correct breathing difficulties, or to address cosmetic concerns ranging from a nasal hump to crookedness to on overall look of disproportionate size. There are a variety of changes that can be made to the nose, including altering the bridge, tip, nostrils, and other aspects. Even the most minor changes to the nose can enhance the appearance of the entire face, since the surgery can improve the symmetry and proportions of all facial features in relation to the nose. With this in mind, and with the procedure being so popular, our team at the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery often gets asked about what not to do before nose surgery. Here’s what Portland-area patients should know about rhinoplasty surgery before they choose this procedure.

Remember, you can also find out more about preparation for this surgery during your initial consultation to discuss options.

1. Find an Excellent Plastic Surgeon Known for Rhinoplasty

Not all plastic surgeons are equal, and any form of facial plastic surgery requires a high level of experience, talent, and skill. It’s important that any plastic surgeon have the right experience and technical qualifications, such as board certification.

2. Most People Won’t Notice

Not everyone wants others to know that they’ve had plastic surgery, even though cosmetic procedures have become more openly accepted as the decades have gone by. The great thing about rhinoplasty surgery is that it won’t be as obvious as you might assume. Many patients feel more confident knowing that they’ve had the procedure done, but the results will be very subtle and natural-looking.

3. The Recovery Won’t Be as Bad as You May Assume

It’s entirely possible to have virtually no discomfort during your recovery if you take the right precautions, including taking prescribed pain medications. One of the most common issues is nasal congestion, but once your surgeon removes the gauze from your nose during a follow up appointment, breathing will be much easier. Expect initial bruising and swelling to be obvious, but these will also resolve in time.

Want to know what not to do before nose surgery? Our Portland-based Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery team can guide you on everything you need to know about rhinoplasty to help you get started. Call us at 503-646-0101 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.

Kathleen Waldorf