Answering Rhinoplasty Questions You May Be Too Embarrassed to Ask

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NSIBR |Featured, Procedures | October 4, 2023

If you’re thinking about having a nose job (rhinoplasty), you likely have many questions to ask your rhinoplasty surgeon. Some inquiries might be straightforward, while others might touch on topics that are a tad awkward to bring up. You’re not alone. Rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Melyssa Hancock here at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton understands the hesitation or uncertainty you may have – especially when it comes to some of the questions you may have. Not to worry, we’ve seen and heard it all. Let’s get into some of the questions you might have, even if you’re a bit hesitant to ask them.

Addressing Concerns from Loved Ones

Question: My significant other doesn’t want me to get a rhinoplasty. Should I still get one? Dr. Hancock’s Insight: The input of your significant other is undoubtedly important, and their concerns should be acknowledged. However, the ultimate decision rests with you, guided by the expertise of your surgeon. Open communication is key, and though these conversations with loved ones can be difficult, they are important to address concerns and differing points of view. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to navigating this situation, remember that your well-being and satisfaction matter most in the long run.

Navigating Post-Operative Discomfort

Question: Is rhinoplasty painful? >Dr. Hancock’s Insight: ‘Is rhinoplasty painful’ is one of the most common nose job questions we get. However, pain tolerance varies from person to person. Many of our patients report minimal to no pain, with discomfort being a more fitting description. During the initial recovery phase, you might feel uncomfortable due to congestion, mouth breathing, sleeping in a different position, and other changes in routine. Rest assured, these discomforts are temporary and can be mitigated by over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol. By around post-op day 5 or 6, internal nasal splints are removed, and swelling subsides, for a more comfortable phase of recovery.

The Vaping Conundrum

Question: Is vaping after surgery allowed? Dr. Hancock’s Insight: The unequivocal answer is NO. While vaping was initially touted as a healthier alternative to smoking, our understanding of its effects has evolved. From a medical perspective, vaping after surgery poses risks similar to cigarette smoking. Vaping liquids often contain nicotine, which constricts blood vessels, hindering the crucial blood supply needed for healing. To ensure optimal healing, it’s crucial to cease vaping as soon as possible before surgery, allowing your body to heal and recover effectively. To stay updated with Dr. Hancock’s expert advice and insights, follow her on social media. And if you’re ready to take the next step, whether it’s requesting a consultation or you have questions to ask our rhinoplasty surgeons, don’t hesitate to contact us here at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton. Our dedicated team is here to support you on your path to transformation and well-being.