Are you considering a nose job, either for aesthetic or medical reasons? If not, should you? The decision to improve your appearance in any way is completely up to you, but rhinoplasty does a lot more than just change the shape of your nose. If you are slightly unhappy with the shape of your nose but feel that plastic surgery may be a bit extreme just to change your face a bit, consider the other benefits of rhinoplasty.
Many people elect to get nose surgery to improve breathing problems. Rhinoplasty can help alleviate – and even cure – snoring, sleep apnea, chronic nosebleeds, sinus headaches, and more. If you have one or more of these issues, you should consult with your doctor. She may refer you to a rhinoplasty specialist.
In addition to improved appearance, better confidence, better sleep and breathing, there are a couple of things to think about when you are considering this kind of surgery. Before you make your final decision, you need to inform yourself on the full cost of the procedure, and you should know what to expect in recovery. First, let’s look at what to expect in costs and recovery. Then, consider all of the benefits you’ll receive. After that, you should have enough information to make an informed decision about your rhinoplasty surgery.
Consider All that Comes with Surgery
Once you’ve gotten a referral from your general practitioner, you should set up consultations with at least two, if not more, rhinoplasty specialists. This surgery is commonplace, but you should still take it seriously. A second opinion is always valuable. When you sit down with your surgeon, he or she will give you a breakdown of what to expect from the surgery, how long the recovery will take, and what it will cost you. Rhinoplasty is often considered an elective surgery and so will not be covered by most insurance. If, however, you are undergoing surgery to open your airways and relieve your sleep apnea, your surgery may be at least partially covered. You should discuss this with your insurance provider, as this can alleviate some of the pain to your wallet.
Do not be shy when you talk to your rhinoplasty specialist, especially about recovery. Recovery from any surgery is a serious matter. With nose surgery, you will need to make check-up appointments with your specialist once a month for the first few months, then once a year thereafter. This is to ensure that your surgery has been a success, that your nasal passages are clear, and that you are happy with your appearance. Follow up visits are a very important part of recovery and should not be ignored. The last thing you want is to take time off of work, go through the pain and stress of surgery, spend what could be a sizeable chunk of money out of pocket, and then let it all fall to pieces.
These are the harsh realities of the medical world, insurance, and your body. You will have to pay some money, and you will not be fully healed when you wake up from surgery. These things take savings and time. However, when you think about sleeping soundly through the night or going on a first date and feeling completely confident in your looks, how do you feel? Just imagining being well rested and feeling great about yourself feels pretty amazing, right? Keep these things in mind when you consult with your specialist. Cost and recovery are temporary issues. Follow-up takes time, but not so much as to make it impossible. Having the nose you want and being able to breathe easily will last you for the rest of your life.