Is it painful to get a nose job?
In a nutshell, the answer is no. Rhinoplasty is not a painful procedure in and of itself. Most people are more aware of numbness in their nose and upper teeth than they are of pain. The result will be a clog in your nose. It will feel as if you had a terrible head cold. This is due to swelling and crusting inside your nostrils following surgery, which will make breathing difficult for a week or two. Consider it like if you had a nasty cold that goes away in a day, a week, or two weeks. However, if you’re worried about having a lot of intense discomfort, rhinoplasty won’t provide you that.
Make sure you plan appointments with a variety of surgeons. Ironically, while we would seek many bids on a new roof for our house, we are readily seduced by the first “magical” surgeon we meet when it comes to our own bodies. If the surgery appears to be significant (grafts, for example), you should be extra careful because more could go wrong.
If you want a result that matches your color and ethnicity, choose a surgeon who has surgical experience with a broad patient group and is aesthetically sensitive to them. Different surgeons may present you with various operating plans and aims, and you will have to choose between them. One deciding aspect is which artist’s work you prefer; request a number of before and after images. Of course, images can be deceiving due to expertly produced angles and lighting, but at the very least, you’ll know if you and the surgeon agree on the appearance.
Imaging software – both 2D and 3D – that simulates how the alteration will seem on your own face is a marketing technique that can be useful, tempting, and irrelevant all at the same time. Real flesh and bone, unlike a two-dimensional representation, will not surrender to the scalpel.
The implicit psychological risk offered by such technology is the desire to envision ourselves as infinitely adaptable; this transformed picture of our face beckons us into a future of potentially unsatisfactory procedures that don’t live up to the screen image.
Failed nose procedures can turn into lifetime obsessions, with patients hopping from one pricey surgeon to the next. It isn’t just the pursuit of the ideal nose that drives us. Many of us long for our pre-op, unaltered nose so we can go back to the beginning, before the irreversible physical and emotional devastation to our appearance. The true danger from rhinoplasty isn’t always physical. It’s about becoming more worried with one’s appearance than before the surgery.
My first revision surgery was a complete disaster. I didn’t investigate any further because the surgeon agreed that my initial operation was a disaster. “Look what some moron did to this poor girl’s nose,” he said to a nurse before I went under. He took cartilage from behind my ear to replace the parts that had been removed during the original surgery. My ear surgery was more painful than my nose surgery, and it took a lot longer to heal. Some patients are told that transplants require so much cartilage that the surgeon will have to invade the ribs for a plentiful supply. Although rare, pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is one of the risks, and surgeons discuss how to diagnose its severity and treat it on the operating table in terrifying detail. Intercostal harvesting always causes pain (perhaps for a long time).