Are you dissatisfied with your current look? Have you always been discouraged by the shape of your nose and are ready to make a change for a better look and outlook? Maybe your nose was once broken, or you are concerned with a breathing issue you now hope to resolve with nose reshaping surgery? Whatever reasons you may have for exploring the pros and cons of a nose job, or rhinoplasty, you are about to make an important decision. Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon like board-certified Dr. Jules Walters in Greater New Orleans, LA to alter your current look with a rhinoplasty operation is as critical as the procedure itself.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is the medical term for what is most commonly known as a nose job. There are many reasons people may wish to undergo the procedure, but they usually fall into one of two categories: cosmetic or reconstructive. Regardless of your individual motivation for the surgery, Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery in Metairie, LA hopes to inspire your choice by first providing you six facts to consider before you undergo such a dramatically life-changing nose procedure.
1. It’s a personal decision
There’s only one person who can make the decision to get nose reshaping surgery and that is you. And while it may be important to consult beforehand with friends and family about the reasons you now want to change your appearance permanently, at the end of the day, you must feel confident with both your motives and your cosmetic surgeon for it to ever truly be a success. Dr. Walters will always take all factors of your decision into consideration.
2. It’s a common procedure
As far as cosmetic surgery is concerned, rhinoplasty is a relatively common procedure. In fact, according to the 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were well over 200,000 nose-reshaping surgeries performed in 2018 alone. And with Dr. Walters’ impressive education and vast credentials, any apprehension you may have about the surgery will be discussed and eased during your initial consultation.
3. You should have realistic expectations
While Dr. Walters and his experienced team will do their best to provide you visually with the intended outcome via advanced Vectra 3D imaging technology, there are other factors involved with the final result. Rhinoplasty is not just plastic surgery, it’s an art. And the size, shape, symmetry, and structure of your nose, and of what your surgeon can successfully sculpt with it to your ideals, will play an important role in the outcome.
4. There are risks and potential side effects
As with any surgery when the patient is put under sedation, there are potential risks to rhinoplasty. Anything from difficulty breathing and slight scarring to anesthesia-related side effects can occur. Dr. Walters will be sure to discuss with you any hypotheticals before you commit to the procedure.
5. Nose surgery is relatively quick
Even though you will be put under during the operation, the procedure itself doesn’t take more than 1 or 2 hours. Depending on the specifics of what you want done and how fast you rebound out of surgery, patients rarely need to stay overnight. Dr. Walters will thoroughly explain how he plans to proceed during your initial consultation.
6. Ample recovery time is required
It is surgery, however, and you will need to prepare for it accordingly. While overall recovery time is minimal compared to major reconstructive surgeries, you will be required to wear a small cast and protective dressing around the nose following your procedure. Any strenuous activities should also be put on hold for at least two weeks. Most people tend to take a week off from work as well to help ensure plenty of rest is taken for the nose to properly heal. Additionally, some bruising and swelling may occur in the ensuing days after, but will subside naturally over time and continuous rest.
Scheduling a rhinoplasty in Greater New Orleans, LA
Remember: Every individual is different. But if you’re considering getting rhinoplasty to achieve that look and confidence you always wanted, consider Dr. Jules Walters and his experienced plastic surgery team in Metairie, LA. Begin the discussion as to whether this nose reshaping surgery is right for you by contacting us today.