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how bad is the rhinoplasty?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Need more informatio: If asking about post-surgical course, rhinoplasty is usually only mildly uncomfortable. Head elevation, proper cold compresses, and gentle surgery are mild-moderate on discomfort scale for most patients. Use of the latest platelet concentrates during rhinoplasty further lessens the discomfort. There are several form of rhinoplasty, some with more surgery for airway function. May increase recov.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Can't be that bad: Any surgery carries risk. However, considering that it is consistently one of the top five most requested procedures, it cannot be that bad. Discuss the risks, alternatives, & benefits with a qualified surgeon.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Rhinoplasty can be done for many different reasons. The pain would be greater if the nasal bones are broken and reset. If only cartilage reshaping is performed, discomfort should be mild.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Usually not too bad: Rhinoplasty is almost always done as an outpatient. The pain is usually minor and after a week is usually minimal. It is rare to need nasal packing placed in the nose so you can usually breathe well after the surgery. Outside bandages come off in a week and bruising usually fades in 7-10 days. Most swelling is gone in a few weeks but it may take up to a year for all swelling to resolve.
Dr. Clark Schierle
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Rhinoplasty Surgery: Like any surgery, there is a degree of pain and suffering involved that is part of the recovery process. Rhinoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient and most people report a speedy recovery and are very satisfied with their results. Only your doctor can give you a more accurate answer about what to expect from your specific procedure.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not bad: Most people take one week off work after the surgery. The pain is not severe. The results can be life changing!
Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Recovery not bad: The recovery after rhinoplasty is typically not considered painful. Patients typically take a small amount of pain medications.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Rhinoplasty is good!: This procedure is used to reshape the nose. Most patients report their pain after septorhinoplasty to be easily managed by their pain meds. Most patients only need that medicine x 3-4 days. The large complaint is nasal congestion, swelling and stuffiness. Icing helps reduce swelling. Discuss with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, he can give you more specific details.
Dr. Donald Yoo
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Surprisingly good: Most patients are very pleasantly surprised with the recovery after rhinoplasty. The most uncomfortable aspect is probably the limited breathing the through the nose the first week after surgery, but the pain is usually far less than what patients anticipate.
Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Facial Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Rhinoplasty: Rhinoplasty generally takes between 60-150 minutes, during which time the surgeon reshapes and often improves the function of the nose. It can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia, and there is generally no significant pain during or after the surgery. Most patients complain of a stuffy nose for a week and bruising for 2 weeks. Most patients are back at work in 7-10 days.
Dr. Jeremy White
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Not bad: Not bad, but this depends on your pain tolerance and how much work was done. Patients tend to recover quickly.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Positive experience: A rhinoplasty blends your nose with your facial features. Properly performed, there is barely any discomfort. A lovely nose does not stand out but is harmonious with the face. The top, sides and tip are sculpted to achieve a nose that is yours but improved. www.artofplasticsurgery.com.

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Ive heard there is a nonsurgical alternative for rhinoplasty. How does this work?

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Injectable Fillers: Injection rhinoplasty is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure utilizing injectable fillers such as restylane, (dermal fillers) juvederm, Radiesse or artefill. It works best to straighten or to improve the look of noses with bumps or dips, but is not useful to issues related to the tips of noses. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and results can last months to years, depending on the filler used.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get rhinoplasty when you have a cold?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Wait for the OR: As a surgeon the first rule is minimize risk. Having a cold means that you are not in perfect health. The cold can affect your breathing, irritate your lungs and airway. You should not have anesthesia when you are sick. It may be inconvenient but it is much safer.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
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Any systemic infection is a NO NO to having any kind of surgery. Please re schedule when you are better.
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A member asked:

What is anrhinoplasty?

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Dr. Aaron Segal
Family Medicine 19 years experience
"Nose-job": Rhinoplasty is plastic-surgery intended to repair or reconstruct the nose. "anrhinoplasty" is not a real word.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long will recovery time be for a nosejob?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Post surgery: It depends on your overall health. More medical or complex medical issues, the longer is the recovery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to fully recover from a cosmetic rhinoplasty?

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Dr. Sunil Ummat
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Up to one year: Although most doctors say that the healing from a rhinoplasty is over in 6 months, it can take up to a year to fully recover.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on "fully recover." Pain after rhinoplasty is not severe, and most swelling and bruising is gone in 4 weeks. The nose is sensitive if touched at that point, but not much more. After 4 weeks, there are some subtle changes in the nose, but most of the healing is done.
Aug 12, 2012

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