Those who live by the maxim “no pain, no gain” are slightly wide of the mark; a rhinoplasty procedure is a way to achieve significant gain with only minimal pain.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping and restructuring the nose. The aims of a rhinoplasty procedure are as various as the techniques involved in achieving these aims. Patients who want to correct a crooked nose will have their nasal bones cut and re-set as part of the procedure, while – for patients simply wanting to reduce the size of their nose – the surgeon will shave off the excess cartilage while subtly reshaping the patient’s nasal structure.
During your consultation, Dr Shahidi will explain the different techniques involved and help you understand the one most suited to your goals.
During the Procedure
Whichever technique or procedure is planned for you; you are going to feel no pain during your surgery as rhinoplasty procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic within a hospital facility, ensuring that the best possible results can be achieved with the minimum of discomfort to the patient.
The anaesthetic itself may cause some general grogginess, which means that you should make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure is completed. This grogginess should wear off after a few hours and there will be no real pain to speak of.
After the Procedure
In the days following the procedure you may experience some mild pain and discomfort, While many patients report no feelings of pain post-surgery, those that experience low to medium levels of pain usually find that it can be easily managed with pain medication. During your outpatient consultation, Dr Shahidi can prescribe the appropriate pain medication if required.
Most patients will experience some swelling around the nose and eyes, which can also contribute to feelings of mild discomfort or pain. This can be reduced with the topical application of cold compresses, and should clear up naturally after three to four weeks.
It will take from six months to a year for the swelling to completely subside, by which time you should experience no discomfort. If you are still experiencing mild paid and bruising after four weeks, get in touch with the clinic to arrange a check-up.
By taking the appropriate aftercare measures, you will achieve the best possible results from your treatment. Rhinoplasty procedures are truly a case of “minimal pain, maximum gain”.