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Does a Nose Job Last Forever?

Jacky Gale | September 11, 2020 | Posted in Rhinoplasty Surgery

The good news is that, unlike some surgeries, the results of a nose job should last a lifetime.

A nose job, also known as a rhinoplasty, is a plastic surgery that modifies the form and/or function of the nose. Most people undergoing a rhinoplasty seek to make their appearance more aesthetically pleasing. However, a rhinoplasty can also improve the function of the nose, such as by improving the ability to breathe by correcting blockages in the nasal airway passages.

If you’re thinking about having a nose job, it’s natural that you would have some questions, including questions about the results of the procedure.

Does a nose job last a lifetime?

Many plastic surgeries have long-lasting, albeit temporary results. A facelift, for example, can turn back the clock, but cannot stop the aging process forever. At some point, a person might think about having another facelift. Likewise, a liposuction procedure will remove stubborn fat bulges, but cannot prevent a person from regaining weight afterward. As a result, it’s a natural concern to wonder whether a nose job will last forever.

A rhinoplasty does permanently restructure your nose, and the results typically last for your entire life. Of course, it’s possible for your nose to alter in shape if you sustain facial trauma, such as from a car accident. In addition, the natural aging process may result in some very subtle changes to your nose.

When considering the results of a nose job, there are a couple of important points to consider. First, it will take a long time before you see the permanent results of your nose job. And second, some people opt to get a revision rhinoplasty after having the original procedure.

How long until I see permanent results from my rhinoplasty?

It’s perfectly normal to want to see your permanent results right away! However, patience is the key when it comes to rhinoplasty procedures.

Rhinoplasty is unique among plastic surgeries in that it can take a very long time for the lingering swelling to subside and for the final results to be visible.

Of course, you will see improvements within just a few weeks. During this time, the majority of the post-surgical swelling will subside. You can support this initial healing process by following your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to the letter. For example, you will need to sleep on your back with your head well elevated by pillows.

Although most of the swelling will subside in just a few weeks, some swelling will continue to linger for about a year after the procedure. You may notice that the swelling comes and goes during this time. Some patients report that the swelling seems to worsen in the morning and improve by the afternoon. The lingering swelling is why you won’t be able to see your final results for a while.

Why do some patients undergo a second rhinoplasty?

The results of a rhinoplasty are more or less permanent—unless you decide to have a second rhinoplasty, also known as a revision rhinoplasty. If you decide that you aren’t happy with the results of the initial surgery, you may decide to consult a plastic surgeon about having a second one.

Revision rhinoplasties are even trickier than initial rhinoplasties, and so it’s even more important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has expertise with this procedure and who has a long track record of satisfied patients.

Schedule a consultation for a nose job in NYC

The decision to undergo an elective plastic surgery should only be made after careful consideration and in-depth consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. That’s why so many people turn to Dr. Thomas Loeb for a nose job in NYC. Dr. Loeb is a board-certified surgeon who is world-renowned for his technical skills and artistry in rhinoplasty procedures. In addition, Dr. Loeb has particular expertise performing revision rhinoplasties.

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Loeb by calling his Fifth Avenue, Manhattan office today.

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