Planning When to Get Rhinoplasty

Many patients wonder what the proper time to get a rhinoplasty procedure might be. Many patients spend a lot of time thinking about all of the specifics of the procedure—what to change and how—without spending much time pondering the time of the procedure. But knowing when to get a rhinoplasty can actually improve your results in certain situations.

When it comes to plastic surgery, timing can be important—so knowing the right time to get a nose job can sometimes mean the difference between a satisfactory result and an exceptional result. There are certainly plenty of variables to balance, including your desired final results and what, specifically, you’re trying to address.

Counting All the Variables

But there are variables beyond the real of surgery as well. It’s important to know what your own variables are going to be. For example, if you’re going to have a busy summer, then those summer months might not be suitable for your recovery period and a delay in your procedure might be necessary.

The reasons behind your rhinoplasty procedure also matter significantly. Let’s take a look at some ways you might be able to figure out when the right time to get a rhinoplasty procedure might be. As always, you should make these decisions in consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon in order to get the best results. However, these tips might help you get that conversation started.

Can You Get a Nose Job Right Now?

Many patients are eager to see results. So it’s not surprising to see a lot of enthusiasm when it comes to setting deadlines. In other words, patients want results and they want them now! For some patients, this will actually be the ideal pace at which to schedule their procedure.

For many patients, “now” really will be the best time to schedule a nose job procedure. In other words, many patients have a flexible schedule and plenty of help at the ready. But there are other reasons why patients might want to urgently consider moving forward with a rhinoplasty:

  • You are suffering with a functional defect of the nose, it might be a higher priority to get a rhinoplasty procedure
  • When the patient has an event coming up (in a few months time, at least) that you would like to be ready for
  • If you have suffered a broken nose—which changes the shape of your nasal area or shows other symptoms

These are times when you should proceed full speed ahead because of your enthusiasm. In fact, sometimes that enthusiasm is enough to schedule your rhinoplasty surgery as quickly as possible.

Times When You Might Want to be Patient

On the flip side, there are situations where it pays to be patient. Perhaps the most prominent of those is simply when, as a patient, you aren’t quite ready to change your nose. Some patients are eager to see changes and others aren’t quite so sure—either in the procedure or in the recovery. However, even patients who are 100% committed to moving forward might sometimes be better off waiting a bit.

Situations where you might want to wait may include the following:

  • You have an important event coming up quickly: If you have any kind of important event coming up in the next few weeks (such as a wedding or something similar), you may want to wait until after that event to schedule your nose job.
  • You are continuing to play combative or physical sports: Many rhinoplasty patients are former athletes, having once played football or soccer or hockey at all sorts of levels. In many cases, it’s this athletic activity that leads to the broken nose in the first place. Patients who are still engaging in that activity and who have a high likelihood of damaging or contacting the nose again might want to wait before getting a rhinoplasty procedure.
  • You aren’t ready for your recovery: If you don’t have enough time or help to recover properly, you might want to wait for another window. The reasoning here is pretty simple: if your recovery period is rushed or you don’t follow recovery instructions, you might compromise your results. If you compromise your results, you may have to undergo revision rhinoplasty—and recover all over again. It’s better just to make sure you get it right the first time.

Waiting for Revision Rhinoplasty

In cases where you are considering a revision rhinoplasty procedure, you’ll also have to be patient. According to the website of Dr. Howard Stupak, a Connecticut facial plastic surgeon, patients need to wait until they are completely recovered from their original rhinoplasty before considering a revision procedure.

Waiting Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Having to wait might deflate some patients. That’s understandable. Many patients want instant results. Sometimes, there are ways to find a compromise. Some patients seek out a non surgical nose job—using dermal fillers to increase the volume of the nose—in order to get temporary benefits while they wait for the surgical procedure.

But that’s not going to be an option for every patient. Indeed, patients who want substantial changes (or who want less volume) won’t be able to achieve those results with a non surgical procedure.

But having more time to make sure a nose job is really want you want isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, a rhinoplasty procedure is effectively permanent. You won’t be able to put your nose back the way it was once the surgery is complete.

The Appeal of Surgical Rhinoplasty

Then again, for most patients, that’s the total appeal of a surgical nose job. Once the work is done, many patients never have to think about it again. Your “new nose” simply becomes part of your face, part of your identity. It’s comforting for those patients to be able to look in the mirror and see the face they want to see.

Ultimately, the right time to get a nose job will depend largely upon your desired results, your lifestyle, your schedule—and, of course, your surgeon’s schedule. For most patients, whatever that “right time” is, it’s definitely worth the wait.

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