If the shape or size of your nose is making you unhappy then correcting it with a nose job could be the way forward.
Any kind of cosmetic surgery is not to be something done on a whim, and you will need to give a great deal of thought before you embark on it – especially as your nose is right in the middle of your face and any alteration will be very noticeable to everyone else.
The likelihood is that you have been thinking about it for a long time, especially if it is to do with how you are made, rather than any accident that has caused you to be unhappy with your nose. In both circumstances, there is no reason why you wouldn’t be suitable, providing you have realistic expectations, are in generally good health and over the age of 18.
Nose surgery is as individual as we are, and no two procedures will be the same. For example, some people require work to the bones or cartilage inside the nose, whereas others don’t, or in some cases fillers or fat grafts may be used to add volume. Your surgeon will be able to explain in greater detail what will be entailed in your specific procedure, as it will vary depending on what you require.
There are two general techniques used for making the incisions during nose surgery – the Open and the Endonasal approach. When your surgeon uses the open technique, incisions are made on the outside of the nose with a small incision to the underside of the nose, between the nostrils. For the endonasal technique the incisions are made inside the nasal passages. Both techniques have their pros and cons which you should discuss fully with your surgeon beforehand.
A nose job can usually be carried out as an out-patients, so there will be no need for an overnight stay in hospital. Nevertheless, you will not be able to drive after the procedure, and will need to ensure you have someone pick you up afterwards, and to have someone stay with you overnight.
After surgery you may be wearing a nasal splint, which provides support for your nose while it heals, as well as protecting it from bumps, and while you sleep. Your nasal passes are also likely to be packed with dressings, which act as a splint and keep the airway free from crusting. You may find this uncomfortable and breathing through your nose will be difficult, if not impossible.
Swelling and bruising will be likely around the nose, eyes and face. Some cold presses may help to reduce this and to minimize discomfort. You will need to keep your head elevated as much as you can over the following days – and that includes when sleeping – as it will help to reduce swelling.
You will have to limit your activities for a few weeks – including blowing your nose, and being gentle when performing routine activities, such as cleaning your teeth, wearing glasses or even pulling facial expressions. Gradually, you will have less discomfort when going about your everyday business, but it will be 6 weeks before you can engage in any strenuous or vigorous activity, such as sports.
Yes – it can be. Most people can make savings of at least 50% by going abroad, plus they get to have a relaxing holiday.
In Thailand a nose job costs on average $2,500, compared to $8,800 in the US, and in Mexico nose jobs are around $3,000.