What is the recovery and downtime?
After a rhinoplasty, it is typical for a certain amount of minor swelling to last several weeks, though some degree of swelling can also last much longer than that. Dr. Wise’s utilizes a technique where he does not pack the nose with gauze. This aids in your recovery and comfort after the procedure. You should expect to take the first week off from work or school following your surgery, and continue to avoid strenuous activity for a couple weeks after that. We will also schedule follow up visits so that Dr. Wise can monitor your healing process and answer any follow up questions you may have.
How long until I see full results?
Once the swelling goes down, you will be able to see improvement in the way your nose looks and functions, but it may take several months before you see the full results of your procedure. You will continue to see improvement in the appearance of your nose over time, but the final results are typically seen about six to 12 months after surgery.
What is a tiplasty?
A tiplasty is a procedure that is limited to alterations of the nasal tip cartilage, as opposed to the bridge, the radix or other parts of the nose.
How can I minimize bruising?
We recommend the homeopathic approach of taking Arnica Montana and Bromelain both before and after surgery to minimize bruising. Bromelain is a natural extract that helps reduce inflammation, and Arnica has been used for centuries to reduce bruising, swelling and pain.
What is the ideal age for rhinoplasty?
Since the nose is still developing in children, rhinoplasty is not usually recommended before that development is complete. The age at which this happens may vary, but it is typically around 14 to 15 for girls and 15 to 16 for boys.
Can smoking affect results after rhinoplasty?
The nicotine contained in cigarettes is a powerful vasoconstrictor, meaning it cuts off blood to your healing tissues. This can not only delay the healing process, but it can also increase the risk of infection. For this reason, we recommend you stop smoking at least four weeks before surgery and wait another four weeks after surgery if you intend to start again.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of a rhinoplasty varies depending on the procedure. Rather than getting a random and anonymous quote from the Internet, you should meet with Dr. Wise in order to weigh your individual circumstances and come up with a personalized quote.
Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?
While cosmetic rhinoplasty is not usually covered by your insurance company, there are some insurance plans that cover rhinoplasty to solve a functional problem such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum or something similar.
Will rhinoplasty help my breathing?
If your breathing difficulty is caused by a deviated septum or other nasal irregularities or issues, then rhinoplasty is often a suitable solution to correct the problem.
Is it possible to change the shape of your nose without surgery?
No, significant change to your nose is not possible without surgery, though little changes can be made using injectable fillers. Dr. Wise is considered an Expert Injector of dermal fillers and has vast experience in non-surgical rhinoplasty.
I had a nose job and I don’t like the result – can I get another rhinoplasty procedure?
Yes, most problems resulting from rhinoplasty can be corrected in a revision procedure. However, multiple surgeries can weaken the structure of the nose, so a revision requires extreme care and a level of expertise with revision rhinoplasty.