5 Tips for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Planning your rhinoplasty procedure? Starting to feel nervous? Don’t worry! It’s normal to feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety before your procedure, and you’re probably speculating on how you’ll look and feel after your undergo the surgery.

While most people find that the recovery process isn’t as bad as they expected, it still pays to be prepared and set yourself up for a comfortable recovery and a beautiful result. Here are 5 tips for ensuring that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Tip #1: Give Yourself Enough Recovery Time

When you’re planning your recovery period, you may think that you don’t need the full 1-2 weeks of recovery time recommended by most surgeons. However, even if you feel fairly normal after the first few days, it’s important to give your body the rest it needs to recover and heal. Block off at least 10 days for the process. When you’re ready, start resuming normal activities slowly—it doesn’t pay to overdo things. Additionally, you may have some bruising during the first few weeks, which may not have you feeling very social!

Tip #2: Set up a Dedicated Recovery Area

You won’t be able to go about your normal routines during your recovery, so it’s a good idea to anticipate what you’ll need before you need it. The day before your surgery, set up a dedicated recovery area to maximize your comfort and rest.

You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated above your heart initially (to reduce swelling and to keep the nose from shifting), so it’s best to outfit an easy chair with pillows and blankets. If you don’t have a suitable chair, your bed will work as long as you add extra pillows and something to stabilize you as you sleep (such as pillows on either side of you). Make sure you have ice packs ready, along with books, magazines, or other entertainment close at hand. Finally, make sure you have your painkillers close at hand to help control any discomfort.

Tip #3: Plan Ahead for Meals

It’s easy to default to takeout when you’re not feeling well enough to cook, but salty or sugary junk food and takeout won’t cut it when you’re recovering from surgery. You need nutritious food for cellular renewal, and it’s best to prep your food ahead to make sure you’re fueling your recovery properly.

Try make-ahead recipes that can be frozen or refrigerated. That way, when it’s dinnertime, all you’ll have to do is pop a meal into the microwave with no additional hassle. Frozen meals can also often be heated in a slow cooker all day so dinner is ready by evening.

Tip #4: Take Your Meds

While it may be tempting to skip your meds and just suffer through any discomfort, this approach really doesn’t do you any favors. Take your meds according to your doctor’s guidelines, and just make sure you’re not taking more of them than you’re supposed to.

Tip #5: Treat Your Nose with Respect

Your surgeon and his team will work their magic in the operating room, but they can’t be there every step of your recovery to make sure you’re giving your nose every chance to heal properly. A surgery performed by the best surgeon can still end in a poor outcome if the nose is bumped or jostled too much during surgery, or isn’t given the opportunity to heal.

Smoking, drinking, the wrong supplements, overdoing it, or jostling the nose can all have a major negative impact on the healing process. Poor healing can lead to scarring, infection, and a poor aesthetic outcome—not something you want from a surgery that is supposed to help you look and feel better about yourself!

Always Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

The most important tip for any rhinoplasty recovery is to follow your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions to the letter. It is up to you to take care of your nose following surgery, but your surgeon will give you everything you need to succeed. Read and understand these instructions thoroughly before the day of the surgery, and make sure you don’t skip any steps for your care. The instructions are given to you for a reason!

Because your surgeon’s skill will be the biggest factor in your rhinoplasty’s success, it’s important to take your time and choose your provider carefully. A skilled and board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Philip Miller is the best choice for your surgery, since becoming board certified in this field is difficult and requires years of study and practice. To learn more about rhinoplasty with Dr. Miller in New York, NY, call (646) 791-3025 today to schedule a consultation.

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Will Scar Tissue Be an Issue After Rhinoplasty?

How Scar Tissue Can Be ReducedWhen it comes to rhinoplasty, surgery can change the shape, size, and structure of the nose, delivering incredible results for the right patient. Still, any surgery has one major drawback if not handled well: the potential for noticeable scar tissue after you’re healing is complete. Even rhinoplasty surgery, with its well-hidden incisions, can create visible scar tissue. To keep your natural results looking natural and without such scarring, you’ll need to take some precautions.

Why Does Scar Tissue Form?

There is no such thing as a surgery without some scar tissue.  When an incision is made in the skin, the body will create scar tissue to heal the wounds. Scars are formed by dense, fibrous connective tissue that can seal the wound closed. It is the body’s natural way of protecting itself and it is nothing to be alarmed about. Once it is formed, scar tissue can sometimes be remodeled or reshaped with the help of a facial plastic surgeon or other highly trained specialist. For a rare few, the body may also produce too much scar tissue and cause problems with healing.

Where will Scar Tissue Form After Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed in two different ways, using the open or closed approach. In a closed rhinoplasty, or endonasal rhinoplasty, your facial plastic surgeon will limit incisions to within the inside of your nostrils. This method will not leave behind any visible skin incisions. An open rhinoplasty will involve one small incision between the nostrils on the underside of the nose. This approach will allow the greatest access to the nasal tip as well as the lower and middle third of the nose.

When scar tissue forms, it will start at the location of these incisions but can become noticeable if care isn’t taken to prevent this. Patients who do experience the formation of excess scar tissue after rhinoplasty will likely develop it around the nasal tip region. Because this area may appear swollen or bulbous for a time after surgery, you should raise any concerns you have about potential scar tissue with your facial plastic surgeon.

How Can Scar Tissue Be Reduced?

If you do experience problems with the formation of excess scar tissue following your rhinoplasty surgery, there are some things you can do to reduce it and achieve a more natural result. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon about your options, which may include injections of a special type of steroid to diminish scar tissue. In other cases, a revision rhinoplasty can revise the problems caused by excess scar tissue. Adjustments can be made in both surgical and nonsurgical techniques, so start the conversation with your facial plastic surgeon today and take it from there.

Choose an Expert Facial Plastic Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty

To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and what you can do to minimize your own scar tissue, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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How Does Rhinoplasty Affect My Facial Features?

How Rhinoplasty Surgery is PerformedHating your nose is one thing, but changing your nose might seem a little too risky for some. Often times, hesitation over rhinoplasty procedures can be caused by a fear that patients won’t “look like themselves” afterwards. It does seem almost too good to be true that you can fall asleep with one nose and wake up with another! While that’s not exactly true, especially considering your recovery time, the idea of changing the face can be nerve-racking. If you’ve considered rhinoplasty for yourself, you might have wondered how the surgery can change your overall look. Learn more about how rhinoplasty will (and won’t) change your appearance and other facial features.

What Rhinoplasty Will Change

Rhinoplasty surgery focuses on the cosmetic and functional aspects of the nose, though the vast majority of patients seek the procedure for purely aesthetic reasons.  Even so, being dissatisfied with your nose does not always mean you’re also dissatisfied with your other features, such as your eyes, cheeks, and lips. Yet, many rhinoplasty patients appear to have a completely different look after surgery, so it’s easy to make the assumption that it’s not just the nose that is affected surgically.

In reality, rhinoplasty surgery is exclusively performed on the nasal structure, internal and/or external, unless the patient and facial plastic surgeon have agreed to include additional facial surgeries such as a chin augmentation or facelift. The surgery will chance the shape, projection, appearance, size, or some combination of these elements to achieve the desired result. Your eyes, lips, cheeks, and chin will all remain structurally the same.

Why Your Nose Can Change Everything

As mentioned, many patients wonder why changing the nose can have such a dramatic impact on the surrounding nasal features and even the overall aesthetic of the face. Consider that the nose is the central feature of the human face, a sole structure that extends forward from the cheeks, forehead, and jaw to add dimension and definition. From the side, a nose can give the profile its shape and structure, setting the tone for how the rest of the facial features will fit together.

Given this important positioning, the nose can make or break the facial harmony of any man or woman. With a nose too big or small, too crooked or straight, too hooked or flat, the entire perception of the face will change. Altering the nose through rhinoplasty will typically help the other facial features to get noticed, now that facial balance and harmony have been restored. By working with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Miller in New York City, achieving the overall look you want could be as simple as one surgery.

How Rhinoplasty Surgery is Performed

The rhinoplasty procedure can be performed using two different types of incision patterns: open or closed. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are located inside the nostrils and leave behind no visible scarring externally. The range of access is a bit limited with this approach, so it is less often performed. In an open rhinoplasty, on the other hand, an additional incision is placed between the nostrils on the underside of the nose, allowing better access to the nasal tip, lower and middle third areas of the nose. The approach your facial plastic surgeon will use varies greatly on what changes you are looking to achieve through your surgery. Discuss your concerns and personal desires for surgery with your surgeon during a one on one rhinoplasty consultation to get started with the planning of your procedure.

Plan Your Own Rhinoplasty Surgery

To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and what it could achieve for you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Protecting Your Nose After Rhinoplasty

Protecting Your Nose After RhinoplastyRhinoplasty surgery is designed to change a patient’s nasal structure, performed to achieve a specific cosmetic or functional result. The reasons for seeking rhinoplasty surgery are as varied as the noses these patients want changed. Rhinoplasty is an investment of your time, money, and energy into your appearance, self-confidence, and satisfaction. The last thing you want is to ruin your results after surgery. Follow these guidelines to preserve the results of your own rhinoplasty procedure once your recovery period has ended.

Why the Nose Is So Vulnerable

The nose sticks out from your face all on its own without any other features to protect it. Your nose is often the first place you will sustain any facial injury. Athletes are particularly prone to nasal trauma because of contact with other players, accidents with equipment, and falls. Anyone, not just athletes, can sustain damage to the nose. It is a very sensitive and delicate part of the body comprised of fine bones, cartilage, and tissue.

After rhinoplasty surgery, your nose will be extra vulnerable as a result of the changes made to this structure. Your bones, cartilage, and surrounding tissues will be more fragile as they heal, sometimes for up to a year after surgery. Before the nose has fully set, small incidents can result in more dramatic injuries. Even after your nose has set, protecting it can make the difference between preserved rhinoplasty results and a revisit to your facial plastic surgeon.

Think About a Protective Mask

If you are active in activities like soccer, basketball, running, hiking, or anything where you might injure your nose, it might be a good idea to find a way to keep it protected. An accident or injury can happen at any time, but you’ll be especially prone to damage if you’re very active. Wearing a protective mask during the times when you are most at risk for an injury can keep your rhinoplasty results intact.

Wear a helmet when you’re skiing, playing hockey, riding a motorcycle, or participating in other activities where a face mask and helmet are recommended. For other activities like tennis or baseball, a custom-made protective mask can be designed to cover your nose and midface area. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about where to find custom-made acrylic masks or splints made from other, less expensive materials. Specialized nose guards can also be obtained from many sporting goods stores at a reasonable cost.

Stay Out of the Sun

After rhinoplasty surgery, your nose should also be protected from the sun. For a time following your surgery, the changes made to the nasal structure will leave it more susceptible to discoloration and sun damage. Keeping your nose covered and protected from the sun is essential to allowing it to heal naturally. Apply sunblock regularly to the nose and the face alike, remembering to reapply it after you go swimming. Adding a hat or umbrella can increase your protection so plan ahead when you’re heading outside for the day.

Plan a Rhinoplasty Consultation With an Expert

To learn more about rhinoplasty and how you can best preserve your own results, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Your Deviated Septum: Causes, Effects and Treatments

All You Need to Know About Your Deviated SeptumThe term “deviated septum” has become much more commonplace today than ever before. Still, even those who have been diagnosed with a deviated septum don’t fully understand what causes it, what it can do, and how to correct it. Those who have a deviated septum have likely been diagnosed by a primary care physician or ear, nose, and throat specialist, but they may not have discussed the issue with a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Miller. Learn more about this condition and what can be done to reverse it.

What Is a Deviated Septum?

Inside the nose, the nasal passages are separated by a small, delicate piece of cartilage. When this cartilage is straight, both airways are unobstructed and capable of breathing in equal amounts of air. A deviated septum occurs when this cartilage is misaligned. It can result in imbalanced or difficult breathing, sinus drainage problems, and even trouble sleeping. An estimated 80 percent of people have a deviated septum to some degree, many of whom do not know it.

What Causes a Deviated Septum?

Most of those who have a deviated septum are born with it. In other cases, trauma or injury to the nose can result in a deviated septum. Whatever has caused this condition, the symptoms will be the same. If you have experienced any of the following issues, you may have a deviated septum:

  • Chronic nasal congestion, typically with one size being more congested than the other
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Recurring sinus infections
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Facial pain around the nose and sinus cavities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Loud breathing or snoring when sleeping, sometimes causing sleep apnea

How Is a Deviated Septum Treated?

When a deviated septum is causing moderate or severe symptoms, treatment is necessary to achieve some relief. In some milder cases, medication can provide a temporary solution, but the only real way to address the underlying problem is with a special nasal surgery called septoplasty.

A septoplasty surgery is a type of rhinoplasty that focuses on the internal workings of the nose, specifically the correction of a misaligned septum. During this procedure, your facial plastic surgeon makes a small incision to gain access to the inside of the nose. The specifics of your septoplasty will depend largely on what has caused the imbalance of your nasal passageways. In some cases, the cartilage can be adjusted and in other cases, your septum needs to be reduced in size to alleviate the trouble.

After your surgery, you may be sent home with internal splints or other supports to stabilize the septum as it heals. Very minimal swelling or bruising will result if only your septum has been altered during surgery. Many patients opt to make aesthetic changes to the nose as well, making septoplasty a small part of their full rhinoplasty procedure. You should be at least 16-17 years old to be considered for septoplasty surgery to ensure that your nose is fully mature.

Learn More About Septoplasty From a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Septoplasty can greatly improve your breathing and sinus troubles, especially if you are considered a good candidate for the procedure. To get more specific information on how this surgery can help you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20 years and has the experience and knowledge to offer the best results to his patients.

A recognized rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery conferences. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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What You Need to Know About Male Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on male and female patients alike by facial plastic surgeons across the world. While women still comprise a greater number of rhinoplasty patients, the number of men seeking this surgery is on the rise. If you’re a man considering rhinoplasty, here are some quick facts to know as you plan your consultation and surgery.

How Are Male Patients Assessed as Candidates for Rhinoplasty?

Before you can schedule a rhinoplasty surgery, your nose must be fully mature. If your nose is still growing, you will have problems with your results changing over time. Once your nose is set in its adult shape and size, rhinoplasty can make life-long changes and achieve the results you want to see. Nasal maturity usually occurs in the teen years, typically around 15 to 17 years old for male patients.

Beyond your age and nasal maturity, all patients of rhinoplasty should be in good overall health without any conditions or lifestyle factors that could delay healing. You should also be a nonsmoker to avoid potentially harmful complications during and after surgery. Finally, you should have a reasonable expectation for your own rhinoplasty results to ensure your satisfaction at the end of your recovery period. If you’re not sure if you would make a good candidate for rhinoplasty, meet with an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Miller to get his or her opinion.

Do Differences Exist Between the Male and Female Nose?

Every nose, every patient, and every rhinoplasty is unique, but there are some characteristics shared among men and others shared among women. Most noses are similar in structure, but preferences in outcomes usually differ.

On average, male patients also tend to have thicker and more vascular skin. As a result, careful measures must be taken to penetrate the skin of the male nose without causing excessive bleeding or fluid retention after surgery.

Finally, many men considering rhinoplasty may have injuries from sports activities, childhood accidents, and other injuries. A higher percentage of male patients have deviated septums, past breakages, and other problems as a result, including breathing issues. For this reason, many male rhinoplasty surgeries will work to alter the appearance of the nose while improving its function at the same time.

How Are Male Patients Psychologically Affected by Rhinoplasty?

Men who are approaching the rhinoplasty process may have different psychological considerations than female patients. It is not as common a procedure among men, especially for cosmetic reasons, and that can lead to doubts, embarrassment, and other negative emotions. As a male rhinoplasty patient, it’s important to focus on the benefits you will receive from your surgery, including an improved appearance and boost of self-confidence because of your new look.

Plan a Rhinoplasty Consultation With an Expert

Both men and women can benefit from the changes possible through rhinoplasty. To get more specific information on how this surgery can help you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery conventions. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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There’s No Shame In Rhinoplasty

Being Proud of Your Rhinoplasty ResultsFor a long time, rhinoplasty surgery has ranked among the top most requested procedures for men and women. For just as long, rhinoplasty patients have been afraid to reveal their surgical results to friends and family.

Despite the many advances made in rhinoplasty techniques and medical technology, a stigma still surrounds “nose jobs.” Even this term seems to undermine the value that can be found in refining or reshaping the nasal structure. If you’re planning a rhinoplasty surgery or have been a patient recently, it’s time to be proud of the well-crafted results of your nasal surgery and stop being ashamed.

Why Does the Stigma Exist?

The stigma of rhinoplasty is tough to trace back to its roots. It seems that everyday women and Hollywood starlets alike have gone to great lengths to cover up rhinoplasty surgeries from their loved ones and the public eye. Many patients choose subtle changes to achieve their results without drawing too much attention. Others use other methods to distract from their nasal changes, like a new hairstyle or makeup look. We’re so happy to reinvent ourselves through our fashion, our careers, and even our personal lives, but not through a helpful cosmetic surgery like rhinoplasty. Where does this come from?

Only speculation can answer this question. Some of the possible reasons could include:

  • Social rejection for anyone who changes what nature has given us.
  • Familial rejection because of changes to hereditary nasal characteristics.
  • The idea that surgery is a “cheap” way to “buy” beauty.
  • Jealousy of others who have not sought the procedure for themselves, either because of fear or financial difficulty.

What Are Your Reasons for Surgery?

There is an obvious disconnect between the reasons patients seek rhinoplasty surgery and the reasons they are judged for it. The vast majority of prospective rhinoplasty patients are looking for a way to balance their facial features, improve their self-confidence, reverse damage from a previous nasal trauma, resolve functional problems, or just achieve the nose they’ve always wanted to have. These reasons are genuine and very personal. Ultimately, your choice to have rhinoplasty surgery is yours alone and those who would judge you cannot truly know your motivations. Consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to create the right surgical plan that can help you to create facial harmony among your nose and other features.

How Can You Be Proud of Your Rhinoplasty Results?

The choice is up to you whether you will hide your results or embrace these beautiful changes. A rhinoplasty surgery can boost your self-image and end years of hiding from the camera, avoiding mirrors, and listening to the insults of others. Rhinoplasty can resize a nose that is too big or small, reshape a pointy or bulbous nasal tip, remove a bump or hump from the nasal bridge, and much more. Some of these aesthetic concerns can interfere with your happiness, self-worth, and other areas of your life.

If you’re not sure how to tell others about your rhinoplasty surgery, consider these helpful tips:

  • Talk about your surgical plans ahead of time with your loved ones, individually or as a group.
  • Don’t be too specific about the details unless you are asked.
  • Be open about your motivations for surgery so they understand how much thought has gone into this personal choice.
  • Be sensitive that your family members might be insulted if you talk negatively about nasal features you share. Stick to the basics and don’t offend them, especially if they’re opting not to make surgical changes of their own.
  • Don’t be defensive. Not everyone will understand your choice, but remember that it is yours to make. Don’t be pulled into an argument if a loved one doesn’t support your choice initially. Make the decision that is right for you and respect that others will choose differently for themselves.

Even the simplest choices we make in life, from drinking a latte late at night to trying a bold new hair color, can stir reactions in those who care about us. Trust that your loved ones will ultimately be there to support you in the end. Be proud of the results that you can achieve with rhinoplasty surgery and the happiness you will experience as a result.

Consult With a Rhinoplasty Specialist to Plan Your Procedure

To achieve rhinoplasty results you can be proud of, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Eight Things to Avoid After Rhinoplasty Surgery

What to Avoid After RhinoplastyWhen a rhinoplasty procedure goes according to plan, the results can be dramatic, satisfying, and very positive for the patient. Once you’ve left the operating room to head home for your recovery, maintaining these new changes and actualizing these results are all up to you. To smoothly recover from your rhinoplasty without any complications, unwanted side effects, or delays, you may have to follow some very strict guidelines. Read on to learn more about the things you must avoid to achieve the rhinoplasty results you truly desire.

Your Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

After your rhinoplasty surgery has been completed, you’ll be sent home with a long list of instructions, pain medications, and a friend or family member to act as your chauffeur for the day. You’ll likely be feeling a little bit disoriented, drowsy, and maybe dizzy or nauseous after your anesthetics have begun to wear off. Take your prescribed pain medication as directed during this time and don’t miss your doses trying to be tough or brave; your recovery relies on your body being rested and relaxed, so don’t create stress by being uncomfortable.

Get plenty of sleep during the first few days of your recovery, allowing your body to heal your nose and face properly. You should expect to feel some swelling and tightness, see some redness and bruising, and experience some pain and discomfort. If your symptoms change at all, worsen suddenly, or become concerning to you, contact your facial plastic surgeon for assistance. Above all else, follow your surgeon’s instructions for your best healing results. Avoiding the following items will also help to ensure that your nose looks its best when your recovery has ended.

#1 – Avoid Any Strenuous Activities

During your rhinoplasty recovery, you must not engage in any strenuous activities like high impact exercising, heavy lifting, and anything that involves vigorous movement. There are several reasons to avoid these activities. For starters, the excess blood flow to the face can increase swelling and even put you at risk for bleeding. The sweat can compromise your healing process as well. Finally, vigorous or strenuous activities can put you at risk for damage to the nose. When your nose is healing from surgery, the bones are often not set and more susceptible to damage, breakage, and shifting.

#2 – Don’t Blow Your Nose

Allergies, colds, and the flu virus are difficult to contend with any time of the year, but they can be downright dangerous soon after your nasal surgery. For the weeks leading up to your surgery, steer clear of anyone who appears to be ill and wash your hands regularly. Don’t be afraid to carry hand sanitizer around or Lysol your work area to make sure you’ve killed all those germs. Catching an illness before surgery can delay your procedure or, if symptoms show up after surgery, to blow your nose or start sniffling. Don’t be tempted, since your nose will be very swollen, sore, and easily affected by such activities.

#3 – Stay Out of the Sun

During the first weeks and months after your recovery, especially once your bandages have been removed and your nose is healing nicely, you may be tempted to spend a day out in the sun. Be careful if you do, since sun exposure can burn the nose, create discoloration at any incision sites where scar tissue is present, or increase your risk for certain complications. Cover up with a hat or some heavy-duty sunscreen, as long as your facial plastic surgeon gives you the all clear beforehand.

#4 – Put Down Those Glasses

If you wear glasses regularly, you’ll need to try out contact lenses for a little while to allow time for your nose to heal properly. Glasses rest on the bridge of the nose, often leading to indents on the softened cartilage and tissue. While your nose is still healing, you’re best served by setting those glasses aside for a bit.

#5 – Don’t Bump, Hit, or Touch Your Nose At All

After rhinoplasty surgery, you’re going to be curious about what your new nose feels like, but it’s not a good idea to touch it, push on it, or poke it at all. Not only will it probably hurt a lot, but you could misalign the bones, reshape the cartilage, or undo your results in some way. To keep your nasal shape safe from contact, avoid these activities:

  • Any exercises, especially those that are high impact.
  • Throw-and-catch games or other activities where an object might come in contact with your face.
  • Playing sports.
  • Pulling clothes over your head. Instead, stick to button-front shirts and pajamas.
  • Carrying or lifting items.
  • Playing rough with children or pets.

Basically, try to keep your nose safe and protected from anything that could cause an injury. Of course, sometimes accidents do happen that are beyond our control. If you have any problems after your rhinoplasty surgery, talk to a facial plastic surgeon about what steps you can take to reverse the damage or plan a revision rhinoplasty procedure.

#6 – Don’t Lie Flat. Ever.

Lying flat on your back might be comfortable for some, but it’s a dangerous activity for rhinoplasty patients. With the head at the same level as the heart, the blood flow to the face and nose will be increased. This can encourage excess bleeding, increased swelling, and even greater pain and headaches. Prop your head up with a pillow or sleep in a reclining chair at an angle.

#7 – Don’t Wear Any Makeup, Yet

Makeup is a great way to cover up the post-surgical bruising around your nose and eyes, but you can’t head straight for your cosmetic bag when you get home. Applying makeup to the healing skin and incisions can cause complications and increase your risk of infection. Steer clear of the concealers, powders, and other makeup until you are considered healed enough to use them. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon for more information on your healing timeframe.

#8 – Do Not Smoke or Drink Alcohol

Smoking and drinking alcohol are dangerous activities for any patient healing from surgery, including rhinoplasty. The nicotine in cigarettes can restrict the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to very low levels that prohibit proper healing. Alcohol can interfere with your medications and thin your blood, promoting excess bleeding. To be safest during your recovery, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least three weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery.

Consult With a Rhinoplasty Specialist for Your Procedure

To achieve your best results and get the right advice for a smooth recovery, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He or she can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Could Weight Loss Affect Your Rhinoplasty Results?

Your Nose and Weight ChangesRhinoplasty surgery concentrates completely on the nose and how it can affect the appearance of the patient’s face overall. Most patients don’t consider the effects that weight loss and weight gain can have on the face and the nose.

But they might want to because changes to your body aren’t isolated from other parts of it, not even from the nose.

If you’re thinking of rhinoplasty surgery or you’re a past patient, think about the effects that your weight could have on the appearance of your improved nasal structure.

Your Nose and Weight Changes

The nose is made of bone, cartilage, and skin, so fat cells aren’t present in its makeup. Because there are no fat cells, gaining or losing weight does not have a direct impact on the shape of your nose and the results of your rhinoplasty surgery. While many patients worry that they can gain weight in their noses, this just isn’t possible.

With that said, however, the nose is really just a part of the face as a whole. Because of this, changes in your weight could impact your facial proportions, overall balance, and your profile. If fat collects around your chin, for example, your side profile will definitely be affected, causing your nasal structure and chin to be out of balance. While your rhinoplasty results won’t directly be affected, maintaining your weight after surgery can definitely benefit the way it looks for years to come.

The Effects of Weight Change on the Face

Gaining and losing weight can greatly affect your face’s appearance. When the body gains weight, it often stores it in the fat cells beneath the chin and around the jaw and neck. Some men and women may even look “puffy” in the cheeks as a result of increased weight. Conversely, losing weight can change the appearance of these areas as they become more refined, thinner, and more pronounced. Some patients discover high, defined cheekbones. Others may experience loose, sagging skin once the fat cells have shrunken around the chin and neck. However it changes, the face will definitely appear different as a result of weight fluctuations.

Weight Loss After Rhinoplasty

A big change to your appearance can often inspire you to make another, which may explain why some rhinoplasty patients commit to proper diet and exercise to lose weight after surgery. It’s always a good idea to take care of your body and maintain your health, but don’t aim too high too fast. Some facial plastic surgeons advise that rhinoplasty patients should take their weight loss slowly. Concentrate on proper nutrition as you recover from surgery and afterwards. The extra weight will naturally come off at a safe pace that is easier to maintain over the long term and healthier for your body.

Start the Rhinoplasty Conversation Today

Talk about your plans for weight loss with a rhinoplasty expert to make sure you won’t have to worry about how it affects your results. Plan your consultation today to get answers to your rhinoplasty questions. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20 years.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Is MicroRhinoplasty™ Right for You?

Is MicroRhinoplasty™ Right for You?Even if you’re familiar with the rhinoplasty procedure, you may not have heard about its less invasive alternative, MicroRhinoplasty™.

This specialized nasal procedure can be used to help some rhinoplasty patients achieve the results they desire with less recovery time. Depending on the type of changes planned for your nasal surgery, you may be a good candidate for this type of procedure. Read on to learn more about MicroRhinoplasty™ and to determine if it could be the right choice for you.

What Is MicroRhinoplasty™ Surgery?

MicroRhinoplasty™ is a specialized type of nasal surgery that was designed to correct the shape of the nasal bridge without using invasive techniques. Typically, patients of MicroRhinoplasty™ are often concerned with a hump or bump. Noses that are hooked may also be straightened through this alternative technique, depending on the extent of the changes needed to achieve the patient’s desired results.

The procedure itself usually takes about 15 minutes to complete and can be performed under local anesthetic without any discomfort or pain. Your facial plastic surgeon will use an innovative air-powered microsaw that was specially designed for fine, precise reduction of the nasal bone. Through a small incision in the nostril, your surgeon will reduce the bony hump of your nasal bridge one layer at a time. The bridge will be straightened as a result and sculpted to the desired shape.

How Does MicroRhinoplasty™ Compare to Traditional Rhinoplasty?

There are several key differences between traditional rhinoplasty and MicroRhinoplasty™, aside from the length of time it takes to perform these two types of surgery. Here are a few things to note about these options:

  • MicroRhinoplasty™ takes 15 minutes to perform, compared to one hour or more for traditional rhinoplasty.
  • There are no sutures needed to close incisions after MicroRhinoplasty™.
  • Recovery after MicroRhinoplasty™ lasts only a day or so before the patient can return to their activities, versus one to two weeks of recovery after traditional rhinoplasty.
  • Swelling, bruising, and redness after MicroRhinoplasty™ are very limited.
  • MicroRhinoplasty™ does not involve nasal bone fractures like a traditional rhinoplasty might.
  • Only humps and bumps along the nasal bridge can be treated by MicroRhinoplasty™.
  • Traditional rhinoplasty can be customized to resolve many different nasal concerns, including crookedness, pointy or bulbous nasal tips, nostrils that are too wide, and many more.

While the MicroRhinoplasty™ procedure might sound like the best choice by far, it is very limited it what it can achieve for patients. If you’re looking to improve more than just a bump on your nose, consider traditional rhinoplasty and the ability you’ll have to customize your procedure. Work together with your facial plastic surgeon to create the best surgical plan for your needs.

Who Is a Good Candidate for MicroRhinoplasty™?

Prospective rhinoplasty patients who are hoping to correct a hump on the nasal bridge are ideal candidates for MicroRhinoplasty™. Changes made to this area can be concentrated to one portion of the nose, so a full-scale traditional rhinoplasty is not needed. Remember that not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure, especially if your nasal concerns are not related to the bridge of your nose.

To be eligible for MicroRhinoplasty™, or any type of rhinoplasty surgery, you should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for your procedure and results. All rhinoplasty surgeries must be performed after your nose has fully grown and developed. While teenagers can be considered for rhinoplasty surgery, it is essential to make surgical changes to the nose only after it has matured. Consult with Dr. Miller, a facial plastic surgeon experienced in rhinoplasty and MicroRhinoplasty™ procedures, in order to determine your eligibility.

Plan a MicroRhinoplasty™ Consultation Today

Learn more about MicroRhinoplasty™ through a consultation today. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20 years.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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