Rhinoplasty Procedure Explained
Depending on your needs and health level, Dr. Numa may place you under general anesthesia before performing a nose job. Under general anesthesia, you will sleep until the procedure is complete. The surgeon will numb the area around the nose to prevent you from feeling any pain.
Depending on the desired outcome for the rhinoplasty, the surgeon may perform “closed surgery,” without making an external incision, or “open surgery,” which requires making an incision. To prevent visible scarring, the surgeon will make a small incision under the nose where the tissue usually heals well and is socially unnoticeable. These options and your unique treatment plan should be discussed during your consultation with the surgeon.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to go home the same day of your surgery. A friend or family member is required to drive you home after the procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe an antibiotic to take after surgery and can recommend a medication for pain management if needed.
Dr. Numa will not pack your nose, and will use internal splints and a small cast for about one week to protect your nose while it heals. Initially, you may find yourself breathing mostly through your mouth due to nasal swelling. The swelling will improve after a few days, but full recovery may take several weeks.
Will My Insurance Pay for Rhinoplasty?
Health insurance plans generally do not cover cosmetic procedures. However, your insurance provider may cover some of your rhinoplasty cost if the procedure is medically necessary to correct a birth defect or damage from an injury.
Rhinoplasty Before and After