Steps to Prepare for a Rhinoplasty

The nose takes up some serious real estate on people’s faces, which means it is commonly the first thing people notice when speaking to you. If you are unhappy with the shape, size, or appearance of your nose, a rhinoplasty may help. However, before booking your rhinoplasty procedure, there are some steps you should take first.

Step 1: Establish a Goal

The very first step to your rhinoplasty journey is to determine what exactly it is that you would like to change about your nose. Sit down in front of a mirror, and examine your nose. Do you have a bump on the bridge that you would like to get rid of? Or perhaps the tip is a little too large? Take note of the exact changes you would like to make. It may also help to search through magazines or the internet for a nose shape that you desire.

Step 2: Do Your Homework

After determining what you would like to change about your nose, take the time to fully understand the rhinoplasty procedure, as well as find a qualified surgeon.

There are two main techniques used to perform the rhinoplasty procedure, which include the open and closed techniques. An open rhinoplasty entails creating an incision in the columella (the area of skin that separates the nostrils). During a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose. Ultimately, a consultation with your surgeon can best determine which technique is best for you.

Along with understanding the procedure, patients should seek a board certified surgeon to perform their rhinoplasty procedure. Not all plastic or cosmetic surgeons are board certified, so make sure to do your research and ask questions during consultations.

If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty surgery in the Grand Rapids, Holland, and Saugatuck, MI areas, contact Plastic Surgery Arts of West Michigan today!