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Steps to Ensure the Best Results from Your Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, reshapes or resizes the nose (or does both) to make it more attractive, symmetrical, and balanced

with your other facial features. It may also be done to correct breathing problems. It’s one of the most challenging plastic surgery procedures, requiring precision and skill to re-sculpt the nose for a harmonious facial appearance and healthy breathing function. Here are four important steps to ensure you get the best results from your procedure.

1. Have Realistic Expectations

It’s always important to have realistic expectations for plastic surgery, but this is particularly true for rhinoplasty. Nose surgery can change your appearance in wonderful ways. The procedure builds from the structure of your face, altering the size, shape, and angle of your nose to bring your facial features into harmony. But it can’t turn you into somebody else.

If you like the shape of a particular celebrity’s nose, bring a picture to your consultation with your plastic surgeon. That can be helpful as a way to explain what you’re looking for. But don’t ask or expect the surgeon to match the celebrity’s nose on your face— that’s a formula for disappointment. A healthy and realistic goal is to want a more attractive version of yourself.

2. Choose a Skilled and Experienced Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult cosmetic surgeries to perform. It requires an understanding of the underlying bone and cartilage structure of the nose, skill in paring or building up different parts of the nose for beautiful and natural-looking results, and medical expertise with the airway. It’s also one of the hardest procedures correct later if you choose the wrong surgeon. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in rhinoplasty. Look at the surgeon’s before-and-after pictures and ask questions to understand his or her training, skills, and credentials.

3. Make Good Use of Your Consultation

Your consultation with your surgeon is an opportunity for a two-way conversation. The surgeon will use the consultation to examine your nose to understand its underlying structure and how it might better harmonize with your other facial features. You should use the consultation to describe how you hope to change your nose with rhinoplasty. Bring pictures to show the kind of change you have in mind.

In a good consultation, both you and the surgeon will share your thoughts and listen to each other. The surgeon is the expert on what’s possible and how to achieve balanced, natural-looking results. You are the expert on your hopes for the procedure. The quality of your conversation — how well you communicate and listen to each other — will go far toward ensuring successful results.

4. Take Care of Yourself After Surgery

The surgeon’s job is to perform an excellent procedure. Yours is to take care of yourself and your nose in recovery to ensure good results. So, follow the surgeon’s care instructions closely. Make time to rest. Keep your head elevated. Wear a splint to hold your nose in its new form. Resume physical activities gradually as you heal.

With realistic expectations, the right plastic surgeon, good two-way communication in your consultation, and careful adherence to instructions as you heal, you can expect great results from your rhinoplasty.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty in New Orleans

Dr. Parker Verlago and Dr. Celeste Gary at the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons with special expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose and face. Call us at (504) 533-8848 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.