You probably have heard of a nose job. Clinically referred to as a rhinoplasty, this is one of the most popular procedures in the entire realm of plastic surgery. A nose job is performed to change the size and/or shape of the nose, either because of aesthetic concerns or to correct damage to the nose that occurred during a previous operation or an accident.
A nose job, like any type of surgery, is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Before deciding to undergo a nose job, ask yourself these five questions. Of course, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help you determine whether you are a candidate for a rhinoplasty.
Am I healthy?
Being in good overall health is crucial to any potential surgical procedure, especially elective operations like plastic surgery. Certain pre-existing health conditions can magnify the risk involved in any surgery. In some cases, your plastic surgeon may require that you receive clearance from your general physician before proceeding with a surgical procedure.
Have I considered alternative treatments?
If you are pursuing a nose job for aesthetic reasons, there are non-surgical ways to improve your appearance. Changing your hair or makeup may provide the fresh look you have desired, and many plastic surgeons also can use non-invasive, non-surgical methods such as filler treatments, which are injected into the nose to temporarily alter its appearance.
Why do I want a nose job?
Ask yourself why you want surgery. It’s true that a nose job or any cosmetic surgical procedure can improve your appearance. This often leads to a boost in self-confidence and, with it, a higher quality of life. It is important, however, that you are choosing to undergo the knife for you, and not to impress anyone else. Ultimately, what matters is how you feel about yourself, not what you imagine others may think.
Can I afford a nose job?
Many insurance policies will not cover elective surgeries like a nose job. This can mean an out-of-pocket expense that you need to be aware of and make sure you are able to afford. Many plastic surgeons offer financing and payment plans, but even then, not all applicants are approved for financing. Also, be prepared to make monthly payments until your debt is paid off in full. Do an honest evaluation of your budget to see if you can afford this procedure.
Can I afford the lost time at work and/or school?
Each patient heals differently but, in general, any patient who undergoes a nose job can expect to stay home for at least a week following the procedure, while being advised to rest and avoid strenuous activity. Make sure you can miss work or school during this time, while also arranging assistance with childcare and household tasks.
Can you answer yes to all of the questions above? Then it’s time to take the next step and seek the professional expertise of Preminger Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Contact our office today by calling (212) 706-1900 to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about our nose job procedures or any of our other cosmetic surgical options.
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