Your nose is easily the most prominent feature of your face and helps to define your appearance to others. If your nose is too small, too large or has an unnatural curve to it, it can dramatically affect your appearance and is easily something that can be corrected through rhinoplasty. The procedure known as rhinoplasty allows a skilled cosmetic surgeon to adjust the size, shape and position of your nose to accommodate for any concerns you may have. This type of surgery has been available for decades and Dr. Sadati is recognized as one of the experts in this field in Orange County having helped hundreds of patients and conducting training for other professionals and is often referred to as the best Rhinoplasty surgeon in Newport Beach.
When considering a rhinoplasty, there are a number of things you need to be aware of before selecting a cosmetic surgeon. First, you want to find a doctor that has the experience needed to complete the procedure successfully and guarantee a positive outcome. Because there are so many different types of corrections that can be made to a nose, it is very important to find a doctor that offers a variety of options when it comes to surgery. While some patients may only require a minor procedure to reduce a small bump on their nose, others may need a more involved surgery to reduce their noses size or shape. Dr. Sadati has been performing this type of surgery for a long time in Orange County and has a vast amount of experience on all types of corrections to the nose. He will take the time needed before scheduling the procedure to address any concerns you may have and advise you on the wide range of options available to you. This type of doctor-patient partnership ensures a successful outcome that will leave you completely satisfied.
Another important thing to consider when searching for a cosmetic surgeon is that rhinoplasty really affects two important aspects of your nose. It is primarily used to correct for structural problems, but also can help a person improve their breathing as well. Because most rhinoplasty surgery is used to adjust the cartilage and bone that comprises the nose, great care must be taken to balance any changes made to these areas with the need for adequate breathing. Dr. Sadati is committed to ensuring this balance and takes a very holistic approach to any rhinoplasty he performs to ensure a positive outcome for the patient in both of these areas.
At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, a large portion of our practice revolves around correcting and refining patient’s noses that have had surgery with another surgeon, and were not happy with their results. These corrections in nasal surgery are the most difficult cases, but they often will result in the happiest patients. There is no revision Rhinoplasty problem that Dr. Sadati considers too challenging to repair. There is a wide range of Rhinoplasty techniques. A basic cosmetic Rhinoplasty surgery may be to simply reduce a hump on the bridge of a patient’s nose, and this type of surgery may only take an hour. A nose that requires more correction, such as the septum, narrowing the base, or changing the tip might take up to three hours and will be performed under general anesthesia.
Our goal at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, located in Orange County, is to provide an improvement in our patient’s self-esteem. An ideal candidate is both psychologically and medically healthy and ready to take the necessary steps to get the nose that they have always wanted. Furthermore, successful candidates are motivated to get through nasal surgery to fix their nose because of the random insensitive comments from friends, relatives, or associates. It should be noted that candidates for Rhinoplasty have realistic expectations and have a clear understanding of the risks and possible letdown of a less than perfect outcome. As with any surgery, there are no guarantees written or implied that they will get the perfect nose. Each patient is different and may experience dissimilar results.
What to Expect in Recovery of Rhinoplasty
The average recovery for nose reshaping is four to eight days. However, each patient will experience differing levels of recovery. About half of my patients experience minor bruising around the eyes as a result of the Rhinoplasty surgery and can last up to a week. A nasal splint is required for recovery and must be worn for six days. Despite what you may have heard, nose packing is not part of the recovery process. Packing is an antiquated technique and not part of our protocol. In fact, I have not packed a nasal surgery in over 10 years. The nose will swell inside and out, which will reduce your nasal breathing flow for several weeks. After that, the airway will start to clear and your breathing will return to normal.
Healing from Rhinoplasty
Your rate of recovery is largely dependent on factors such as genetic background, overall state of health and lifestyle. Doctors are not solely responsible for the healing process. Dr. Sadati can facilitate, not accelerate, recovery. Post-op healing is largely up to how well you take care of yourself.
Your cooperation is essential. It is imperative that all written and verbal instructions are followed. We set guidelines to our patients in order for them to have a quick recovery, and to prevent the occurrence of any complications during the healing process. The instruction we provide are specific to each patient, and will give you the best opportunity for healing, so you can go out and enjoy your new look, sooner rather than later!
Your first 48 hours
Because you will still feel the effects of sedation, someone must drive you home and stay overnight with you. You are, of course, welcome to stay overnight in one of our beautiful appointed guest suites. If you do choose to stay overnight, one of our highly skilled and experienced nurses will monitor you overnight.
Take this time to relax and pamper yourself. It is important to avoid strenuous activity. No matter how good you feel, please do not clean your house or rearrange the garage. We do not want you to bleed or cause any additional swelling. Common sense is the best guide.
Ice packs: We recommend using cold packs for the first 48 hours to help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain; frozen peas or crushed ice in a zip-lock bag works well. Leave the ice in place no longer than 20 minutes applying the ice every few hours, but please put a cloth of some sort between your nose and the ice pack to protect your skin.
Diet: If you experience post-operative nausea, soft food like mashed potatoes, or pudding, or saltine crackers may settle the stomach. For severe nausea, we will prescribe Zofran, which is placed under the tongue and works immediately. Under normal recovery circumstances, start out with bland foods and progress slowly back to your regular diet.
Alcohol: Alcohol dilates the blood vessels and could increase post-operative bleeding. Please do not drink until you have stopped taking the prescription pain pills, as the combination of pain pills and alcohol can be dangerous.
Smoking: Smoking may inhibit wound healing and cause tissue death. It also reduces arterial oxygen supply, a necessary component of wound healing. Exposure to second-hand smoke has also been implicated in delayed recovery. Please avoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke in the post-operative period. You should also avoid cigarette replacements such as nicotine gum, patches or the inhaler during your post-operative period as these have similar effects as smoking.
Driving: Please do not drive while taking prescription medication.
Family and Friends: Support from family and friends are essential during your recovery; however, they may not understand what is normal during your post-op care. As often happens with family, their comments may create emotional turmoil for you. Please trust in our knowledge, skill, and experience when we evaluate your progress. We know it is difficult not to compare your recovery with other people who have had cosmetic surgery. It is imperative to remember progress varies from patient to patient and everyone has a different recovery experience. Patients occasionally feel upset that “no one noticed” or “said anything.” If you are comfortable discussing your cosmetic procedure then you should. Very often, it will be up to you to open the discussion about your procedure. You may find that your friends and acquaintances are very interested in talking it over with you.
Sometimes patients experience a brief period of “let down” or depression after cosmetic surgery. This is due mostly to a set of unrealistic pre-op expectations. Some patients expect instant results and it can be an emotional drain to experience new scars and incisions: know that this too shall pass. Patients commonly question their decision to have surgery during the first few days in recovery. Second-guessing your initial decision is normal and as the healing occurs, these thoughts usually disappear quickly. If you feel depressed, just try to remember that this is a process, and there are stages for each phase. Be assured that you have entrusted your looks and your esteem to a highly skilled doctor with many years experience. After your incisions heal and the swelling subsides, you will look and feel nothing less than wonderful!