18 May Everything You Need to Know About Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is any plastic surgery performed on a patient’s nose to enhance their looks. It’s a popular invasive-type of surgery around the world. Sometimes, nose abnormalities are real and other times fancied. Either way, if the individual doesn’t like their nose, they will most likely want to do something about it if they have that option. Rhinoplasty in Singapore has helped to reconstruct many noses for a lot of people. Surgery here is not only popular with Singaporeans either. Nowadays, people from all over the world visit the country specifically to have a “nose job” and other surgeries. The reasons are clear. Singapore has a celebrated history for hosting some of the best plastic surgeons around.
Not all Surgeons are Equal
One of the biggest dangers with plastic surgery is this: what you see might not always be what you get. Any clinic can produce an impressive glossy pamphlet or website. It’s easy to create spiel to praise doctors, facilities and expertise. A lot of people let the “bling” suck them in, without doing any actual research into the facility or its doctors. Not all surgeons are equal in expertise, training or experience. Likewise, not all facilities will practice the latest technologies or have the most updated equipment.
Here are five main points to consider before having any plastic surgery procedure done:
- Know exactly what you want (treatments, expectations, costs, etc.)
- Lean about the surgeons, not only the clinic (important)
- Have a detailed consultation. Prepare all your questions and/or concerns beforehand
- Don’t commit to anything if you have doubts. Don’t rush in; take your time to ponder
- Care about the aftercare. This is as important as the surgery
What They Don’t Tell You About Rhinoplasty
A good surgeon will tell you everything you need to know about your nose job. Any doctor who spends more time “selling” than “informing” is perhaps not your best choice. Millions of people all over the world have their noses altered, and for the most part the majority of them are happy. Those who are not happy have more than likely fallen victim of the following three traps:
1. They went for the lowest price and/or with an inexperienced of unqualified doctor
2. The patient didn’t make it totally clear what they wanted to achieve
3. The surgeon didn’t mention anything about potential limitations at the consultation
These are all small points that can have a huge and detrimental outcome. Patients looking for rhinoplasty in Singapore shouldn’t fall prey to any of these traps. The surgeons here are not only qualified to a high standard, but totally focused on the patients’ needs and aftercare too. Regulations in Singapore are also very strict. Because of this, there is no way for low-cost underground surgeries with unqualified doctors to operate. Some other countries in the region, and indeed the wider world, do not have such tight controls as we have here.
Here are some things that you might not know about your nose or rhinoplasty, but need to:
The “perfect nose” does not exist: You might think it does, and a certain nose might be ‘perfect’ to you, and that’s fine. But in reality, there is no such thing as perfection per se. Your goal should always be one of progress, never perfection. Look at what’s right with your new nose, not what’s wrong with it. Anyone who looks for imperfection will always find it somewhere. It’s important to know of any limitations and to keep your expectations realistic. A good consultation leaves no stone unturned.
You’ll look a bit odd, ugly even, for a few days after surgery: Depending on the type of surgery you had, you may have a splint over the bridge. There might also be some packing inside your nasal cavity and a pad taped below your nose to take up any drainage.
No eye glasses or sunglasses for one month post-op: Again, a good surgeon should go over this kind of thing with you. The reason to keep glasses off is to allow proper healing of your nasal bridge.
Prepare to feel tired and groggy: As long as you take your medications after surgery, there is no reason to feel any pain. However, it is possible that you may feel a little tired and groggy for the first few days. You might not too, but it’s possible and quite normal.
Breathing might be awkward: Depending on the type of rhinoplasty and the extent of the augmentation, you may find your breathing a bit awkward post-op. You will still breathe through your nose of course, but it could feel different to how it was pre surgery. Under normal circumstances, patients soon get used to any changes in breathing. If the doctor doesn’t bring this up at the consultation, you might want to ask them about what to expect.
People don’t notice your new nose: It’s possible that other people won’t notice your new nose. If this happens, don’t worry about it. It is a sign of great surgery. Your nose is enhanced but in a subtle rather than a dramatic way. People may comment on how well you look without being able to pin it down to any one thing. It will be your nose of course, but it’s improved your looks without altering who you are.
Your voice could change: This is an important point. Again, depending on the individual and the type/extent of surgery, you may notice a slight difference in your voice. In a lot of cases this will disappear over time, whereas in other cases it may be more permanent. It’s possible that you could have an improved voice too (change can work either way). If you’re a singer or someone whose voice is part of your work, you will need to consider how any changes might affect you. Be sure to bring this up at the consultation.
You might be shocked, horrified even, when you first see your new nose: The first time the surgeon unwraps and reveals your new nose to you, it could give you the shock of your life. There’s a good chance that it’s not going to be a pretty sight either. Make sure they prepare you for that first viewing. Once again, this type of thing should be discussed during the consultation, but if it’s not, bring it up.
And that’s about it. You’re now up to date on all the basics of rhinoplasty pre-op, op, and post op procedures and expectations. All you have to do now is find the right surgeon to sculpt the nose of your dreams.
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