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A nose job can significantly help your appearance.

A skilled nose job surgeon knows how to alter your nose in such a way that it both maximizes the aesthetic appeal of your nose and the appearance of your face in general. A nose job can do more than merely improve your nose; it can lend a whole new level of symmetry and balance to your face.

But how exactly does one go about getting nose job surgery, and what are the steps that lead up to the nose job surgery? Many people find the process a little confusing and possibly even intimidating. This page will help you to understand the ins and outs of what happens leading up to the surgery, on the day of the nose job surgery, and throughout the recovery process.

Looking for a Nose Job Surgeon

The first step in moving toward a nose job is to look for a nose job surgeon.

A simple glance in the phone book or Google search will tell you that there are a lot of different doctors out there. However, not all people know that all doctors aren't created equal. And the nose job surgeon with the flashiest ad or the lowest prices may not be the most qualified or best-trained.

It is important to find a nose job surgeon who is well-qualified. Take time to look at the credentials and nose job before and after pictures of the surgeons you investigate. When you have found someone whose results you like and who has sufficient experience, you can set up a consultation with them.

Here on Nose job Guide, we have made this whole process easier. We have a large number of experienced, qualified nose job surgeons on our web site, and you can use our search feature to find surgeons near you.

Your Nose Job Consultation

When you set up a consultation with a nose job surgeon, it is a fantastic way to better get to know the doctor and the surgical staff that could be performing your nose job surgery on you.

It is a good way to learn more about the surgery, to find out what specific nose job techniques could be a good match for you, and to find out the specific cost, recovery time and results that your surgery could have.

Many nose job surgeons offer free consultations to prospective patients. Others charge some amount of money, typically ranging up to about $500. In some circumstances, doctors will charge a certain consultation fee, but will put that toward the price of the nose job surgery if you continue and get a nose job with them. Of course, saving a couple hundred dollars is not worth going with a surgeon that you don't feel comfortable with. It's best to find a nose job surgeon that you truly trust, regardless of whether it costs slightly more or not.

Also, if you have nasal problems which you hope to have corrected in conjunction with your nose job, you may want to check with your insurance company. They may be willing to pay part of your consultation and surgical fees if you can show that the procedures are meant to help solve respiratory problems, improve your breathing and increase your overall health.

When you go to your nose job consultation, you should prepare a few things to take with you. One is a list of medications and supplements that you take and your medical history. The events of your medical history will do a lot to help determine whether or not you are a good candidate for nose job surgery.

There are certain conditions which can prohibit a person from getting a nose job, and certain others which require special precautions. Include in your medical history all serious illnesses and all surgeries which you have undergone. You should probably also include serious conditions that people in your immediate family have had. Make sure that you are totally honest and do not try to withhold anything from your nose job surgeon. Your own health depends on it.

Similarly, there are certain medications and supplements which can interfere with your ability to heal or which can increase your risk of certain complications. If you are currently taking one of these, you may have to discontinue it before the time of your nose job surgery.

You should also have with you some pictures to help give the nose job surgeon an idea of what you do and don't want. It can be helpful in the days before the nose job surgery to find pictures in magazines or other places that demonstrate the sort of nose that you would like. Remember, however, that you need to be realistic. Although you might love the nose of a certain celebrity, you need to remember that part of that celebrity's appeal is the overall balance between her nose and the rest of her face, and that that exact nose on your face could look out of place and strange.

Another thing which you should take with you to your consultation is a list of questions that you have for the nose job surgeon. In addition to any questions that you may personally have, you will probably want to ask questions about the nose job cost, about the doctor's credentials; about how long they have performed nose job or about the nose job techniques that he or she uses. You will probably also want to ask how often patients ask for revisionary surgery and about what the nose job surgeon's policy is on performing revisions.

Some people suggest thinking of your consultation as a job interview for the nose job surgeon. At the consultation, you are trying to figure out whether you want to entrust your appearance and body to this surgeon.

In some cases doctors have computer programs that can simulate the results that can be obtain with surgery.

Make sure that you've found the right surgeon before you set up the appointment for a nose job surgery.

At your consultation, pay attention to how your nose job surgeon treats you, and pay attention to how his staff acts around you. Do they seem to be caring and to listen? Do they treat you respectfully? Do they address your concerns and make sure that you are aware of possible complications and risks? If they do not, you may want to think twice about scheduling a surgery with them.

Leading Up to Your Nose Job

Once you've found a nose job surgeon that you like and have confirmed that you feel comfortable with him or her at a consultation, you will set up a time for your nose job surgery.

The weeks and months before your nose job are an excellent time to prepare for your surgery. In your preparations, be sure to exactly follow the directions that your nose job surgeon gives you.

It is very possible that your surgeon will ask you to take some sort of multi-vitamin in the weeks preceding the procedure. If you smoke, you will be required to quit at least two weeks before your nose job surgery. If your doctor asks you to stop taking any medication or supplement, be sure to do it in the time frame that your doctor dictates.

You will also want to arrange with someone to drive you to and from your nose job surgery, and you will want to find someone to care for you during the first 24 to 72 hours after your nose job surgery. This can be friends, loved ones, or a hired nurse. Be aware, though, that you may need a lot of help, especially during the first 24 hours, and this could wear on a loved one, especially if they have other obligations.

Also, you'll want to prepare your schedule so that you have time to rest and recover. Similarly, you should prepare your home for your recovery by buying some quick and easy snacks and light foods, preparing ice packs, etc.

Also extremely importantly, you'll want to make sure that you fill your prescriptions for antibiotics and pain killers before your nose job surgery. When you're feeling bleary and in pain after a nose job surgery, the last thing you want is to have to try and figure out how you can get your prescription filled so that you can take your medication.

On the night before the nose job surgery, make sure you go to sleep early so your body has plenty of energy in store and is as healthy as possible before the surgery begins. Also, remember that you will not be able to eat or drink anything after 10 PM.

Your surgeon can get you more full and detailed information about preparing for your nose job surgery. Of course, if your surgeon's orders differ at all from the information provided here, follow what your nose job surgeon says.

The Day of Your Nose Job Surgery

When you wake up on the day of your nose job surgery, remember that you can't eat or drink anything.

When the time for your nose job surgery comes, you will be driven to the surgical center where your surgery will be performed. You should probably plan on arriving slightly early to your procedure, since it will increase your level of tension and stress significantly if you are running late. Given that most people have some slight jitters or nerves on the day of a surgery anyway, you don't want to add to your levels of stress.

Most nose jobs are performed in outpatient hospitals. When you arrive, you will be checked in, and you will be put into a hospital gown and bed. At some point, an anesthesiologist will arrive and prepare you to be anesthetized. There should be no surprises at this point; at your consultation, you will have discussed with your nose job doctor exactly what sort of anesthesia would be used. You will either be given general anesthetic or local anesthesia with sedation. Your anesthesiologist will put an IV in you and administer one or the two of these options.

Your Nose Job Surgery Procedure

That's about as far as you'll remember on the day of your nose job surgery, but it's just then that your surgeon's work will start.

During the nose job surgery, he or she will use the technique that you discussed at the consultation, most likely either the closed or the open procedure. During the procedure, the nose job surgeon will work to reshape the nose by adding, removing and reshaping cartilage and bone.

For more information on the exact techniques that could be used, please see our Nose job Techniques page.

The entire nose job surgery usually takes somewhere between one and three hours. Your own personal case could fall well within that time frame, but it could also take significantly longer. Each individual surgery is different, and it is impossible to know beforehand exactly what will happen in any given surgery.

Waking Up After Your Nose Job

When you first wake up after your nose job surgery, you will probably feel disoriented and muzzy, and you may feel some amount of discomfort.

You will have some sort of splint covering your nose. Small tubes will have been placed in your nostrils in order to help drain excess fluid, and depending on the nose job surgeon and the nature of the surgery, there may be some amount of nasal packing in the nose.

There may also be other tubes or devices to help support the nose or help it heal faster. Although you may find some of these things uncomfortable, do not remove anything from your face without getting permission from your surgeon. Remember, your face has just been operated on, and it is still fragile and easily hurt. Even if the things on and around your nose feel uncomfortable, they're probably there for a reason.

Going Home After Your Nose Job

The vast majority of nose job procedures are outpatient surgeries, which means that the patient can go home on the same day as the surgery.

After you have sufficiently recovered, you will be driven home by someone you arranged with. After you get home, you'll mostly want to just relax and take it easy. This will help you to recover. Someone that you have arranged with previously will be with you to help care for you for the first 24 hours after your nose job surgery.

You may still have some extra fluid dripping from your nose at this point. If this is the case, your nose job surgeon may have taped a drip pad below your nostrils to catch this.

You may become nauseous and vomit in the day or two following your nose job surgery. This is common, and usually not problematic. During many nose jobs, the patient swallows some amount of blood, and this can make you feel ill later.

Nose Job Bruising, Swelling, and Recovery

The first time you look in the mirror after a nose job surgery, you may be startled. Don't worry! Relatively large amounts of bruising and swelling around the nose are rather common.

In fact, most people end up with two large, Panda-like bruises around their eyes as well. These will fade with time. Sleeping with your shoulders and head raised for a week or so following your nose job surgery will help to reduce the swelling and bruising.

If you're concerned about bruising, you may want to ask your nose job surgeon about anti-bruise creams. There are a number of homeopathic bruise remedies, such as Arnica, which can be helpful in reducing bruising. However, make sure you discuss these with your surgeon to make sure that they will be okay for you to use.

You will probably want to keep your nose out of the sun for the first couple of weeks, as your nose will be particularly sensitive. After three weeks or so, you can venture out into the sun a little more, but be sure to put sunscreen on your nose. The sunscreen will help to keep the sunlight from changing the pigmentation of the scars and making them more visible.

Within the first week or so, the cast, splints or packing will typically be removed from the nose. When these are removed, make sure you are careful with your nose. You don't want to accidentally bump it. Your nose will be extremely sensitive, so accidental hits will hurt. Also, there is some chance that the impact could actually damage your nose or move it out of alignment. Your nose is still weak, and it needs a chance to fully heal.

After about a week after your nose job surgery, you should be able to return to work and mostly go back to your ordinary activities. However, you should avoid any heavy lifting, and you should wait for about three to six weeks before you return to regular exercise.

Your Nose Job Results

Your levels of bruising and swelling will continue to gradually go down over the course of the next weeks and months after a nose job surgery.

Your appearance will similarly also continue to improve. The time of maximum improvement comes after about six months. At that point, your results are at their best, and they will be, for all intents and purposes, permanent. With increased age, your nose will continue to change, just as the rest of your body (and just as the nose which has not undergone surgery). However, you should be able to enjoy the results of your nose job for many, many years to come.

Nose job surgery gives patients permanent results. Done correctly patients will love their results and be happy with their new nose.

Top Questions to ask your Nose Job Surgeon

  • What are your qualifications?
  • How much experience do you have doing this operation? How many times have you done this nose job?
  • What are the alternatives to nose job surgery?
  • Am I a good candidate for nose job surgery? What results can I expect from nose job surgery?
  • What other medical staff will assist with the nose job? Will you be performing the whole nose job surgery?
  • Where will my nose job surgery be performed?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used during the nose job surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with nose job surgery? What is the complication rate of nose job surgery?
  • Can I see before and after pictures of patients on whom you have performed nose job surgery? Can you provide me with references to patients on whom you have performed nose job surgery?
  • How much will the nose job surgery cost? What is the exact breakdown of fees for my nose job surgery? Will my insurance cover any of these fees?
  • How long will it take me to recover after a nose job surgery? To drive or go back to work? To exercise?
  • Do you have malpractice insurance?

Finding the Right Nose Job Surgeon

Nose Job involves many choices. One of the very most important is selecting a competent and talented surgeon that you can trust. At Nose Job Guide, we would like to make this all-important question a little easier for you.

All of the doctors listed on our site are experienced medical professionals who have been trained in . They operate in accredited medical facilities and fulfill continuing nose job and medical education requirements.

To get started in your search for a nose job surgeon, simply use our search feature. By simply entering your zip code, you can find nose job surgeons in your area.

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