You need to have proof that a plastic surgeon knows how to perform this
operation before hiring him. You find part of the proof by looking at
before and after photos of his other patients. Many plastic surgeons won't
show you any photos, or they will have none to show you, and it's an easy
decision to look elsewhere for your surgeon.
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What Kind of Results Should I Expect if I Have Rhinoplasty? (Appearance Wise and Pain, I'm Terrified!)
Hi, so as you can see my nose is too large for my face, and I have wanted to get it done for over 8 years, but fear and money have been holding me back. My family is not on board because they think I am body dysmorphic and do not need it. Of course I don't need it, but it is much larger than I would like, and I would look and feel much better if I were to get it done. Anyway, I just wanted some input as to what I should ask for in a consult, and also some honest feedback on how bad recovery is!
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Recovery is probably much easier than you are expecting
These photos show a nose that probably has some excess width at the tip, and maybe a profile view would show it's longer than you like, too. The recovery depends very much on who performs the operation, but my patients are typically happy being seen in public right when the splint comes off, seven days after surgery. Almost nobody takes the pain medication I prescribe. See the attached link for a before-and-after morph of your nose. You should look at a surgeon's before and after photos when deciding whom to hire to perform your surgery. Rhinoplasty is not a commodity: every surgeon performs the operation with different levels of skill.
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