Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, with over 350,000 rhinoplasties taking place in the United States each year. Despite its widespread popularity, there are common misconceptions that may deter people from getting one when they may benefit from a rhinoplasty.
Learning the truth about this nasal procedure can help you make a more informed decision. Discover how rhinoplasty may be right for you if you’re looking to alter the appearance of your nose.
It’s Only a Cosmetic Procedure
Some may assume that rhinoplasties are intended to only alter the appearance of the nose. While the procedure can increase facial symmetry and lead to cosmetic or aesthetic improvements, a rhinoplasty can also have functional benefits.
The procedure can help address structural issues that could have developed due to an injury or have been present since birth. A rhinoplasty can help you breathe better, alleviate or resolve issues surrounding congestion and sinus infections, and help address sleep disorders caused by blocked nasal passages.
Rhinoplasty Is Painful
The procedure is performed using general anesthesia, though local anesthesia may also be used, depending on the extent of the procedure. Due to the use of anesthesia, you won’t feel anything during the procedure.. However, you can speak with your doctor to know what you can expect.
While post-operative recovery may be uncomfortable, the initial swelling typically takes around two weeks to go down, depending on what type of rhinoplasty you underwent. The extent of your procedure can help to determine how long of a recovery time you can expect. You surgeon may be able to provide you with a timeline on how long your recovery may take.
Find Rhinoplasty in New Orleans, LA
Despite how popular a rhinoplasty procedure is, it shouldn’t be performed by just anyone. Make sure the procedure is performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Board-certified surgeons have undergone further education and face a high degree of standards in receiving certification.
Dr. Jeffrey James is dual-board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Facial Cosmetic Surgery.
You can work with Dr. James by calling 504-619-8700 to schedule a consultation.