Welcome to October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have already covered Breast Cancer Awareness in previous newsletters but if you want to read my thoughts on the subject, please visit my blog www.drcharlesserrurier.wordpress.com or visit my website www.drserrurier.co.za

This month my topic is Rhinoplasty (also known as a “nose job”) is the process of using cosmetic surgery to reshape the nose.

Rhinoplasty in my practice

If you are unhappy with the way your nose looks like, are willing to undergo a surgical procedure, and if you are in good physical and mental health, then you are eligible for a Rhinoplasty consultation.

It is important to book your consultation early. October, November and December are particularly busy months in my practice and we don’t want you to miss out on your surgery.

I hope you enjoy what follows!

How I can help you

Amongst the aesthetic problems that I can address:

    1. Nose width
    2. Nose length
    3. Profile issues
    4. Large or uneven nostrils
    5. Crooked noses.

During your first visit at my practice, I will ask you to provide a detailed description of how you wish to improve the appearance of your nose and what you are hoping I can do for you. Finding some pictures of what you are hoping I will achieve through Rhinoplasty is a good idea.  A picture helps me understand what you want your new nose to look like so brings some examples with you.

It is important that you take time to think about your desired outcome of the Rhinoplasty before you meet with me for the first time. Even though I can’t create “any” nose for you through a Rhinoplasty, you should tell me what you consider to be your ideal nose and let me tell you what is possible and what is not.

Ideally, write down your specific ideas and questions so that you don’t end up having any uncertainties about the procedure. I always assure my patients that I will do my utter best to provide you with the best care and results and I want you to be comfortable and reassured.

The appearance of your nose can be altered in amazing ways, but you must keep in mind that the result is limited by the unique features of your nose’s internal and external structure.

What I want you to know about the recovery

Expect moderate to severe degree of pain for the first week. I will of course prescribe pain medication to ease your recovery. You will be uncomfortable but my patients are always thrilled with the results and tell me that it does justify the surgery.

I usually warn my patients that swelling and bruising can last between 1 and 6 weeks for closed rhinoplasty, and longer for open rhinoplasty. The term open and closed Rhinoplasty is better described on my website www.drserrurier.co.za

In some cases, after the Rhinoplasty, the tip of the nose can be numb for a few weeks. This is completely normal and will resolve within a few weeks without treatment.

Post-surgery, I will need to see you for a check up and to change your bandages. Usually this will take place 5 to 10 days after your Rhinoplasty. You will need to wear a splint for about two weeks after the operation.

Most of my patients feel comfortable enough to resume work 1 to 3 weeks after the Rhinoplasty. It Is the bruising, more than the pain that would keep you at home for longer.

“Predictable results with new surgical techniques”

I always tell my patients not to exercise for 6 weeks after their Rhinoplasty. This is to ensure a stable result as exercise can lead to bleeding and prolong swelling.

Finally, at this time of year it is important to book early. The practice diary fills up fast during October, November and December with high cosmetic demand.

Be it for Breast Augmentation or Rhinoplasty, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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