Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

short hair asian woman model touch her nose and clean fresh skinHave you always been unhappy with the size or the shape of your nose? Have you finally decided to go ahead and have rhinoplasty (a nose job)? There’s a lot to consider, and you no doubt have a lot of questions about the procedure and what it can do for you. But first thing’s first – are you wondering if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be done to reshape or resize the nose. It can repair flaws to the nose that a patient has because of a birth defect, an accident, or an injury. It can also be done for medical purposes, to remove a blockage to the airway and help a person breathe better.

What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Like?

Surgery for rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can typically be done in less than 2 hours. It is performed with the patient under sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will reshape bone and cartilage, and cartilage may be transferred from another part of the body (such as the ear) if needed.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Your doctor will ask you some basic questions during your initial consultation to make sure a nose job is right for you. Generally, though, a good candidate:

  • Is healthy. You should have no serious illness or medical conditions.
  • Does not smoke. Smoking can create complications during surgery and the healing process.
  • Has realistic goals. You should have realistic expectations about what a nose job can do for your appearance.
  • Is considering rhinoplasty for their own reasons. Any cosmetic procedure should be done because it is what you want, not because someone else thinks you should have it done!
  • Has finished growing. Your facial growth should be complete. For girls this is typically around the age of 16 and for boys it is around the age of 17 or 18.

Dr. David Altamira can help you to determine if you are a good candidate for a nose job, and he can also answer any other questions you may have about rhinoplasty. Contact the Sugar Land or Houston office at (713) 271-9000 today!

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