If you are contemplating having a rhinoplasty (nose job), there are things you will need to address before committing to surgery. If you are going to correct a misshapen nose or you have a defect that does not allow you to breathe properly, you will need to understand how to prepare for surgery.

Rhinoplasty surgeries are done millions of times in the U.S. each year. Knowing this should calm any fears you may have about your approaching surgery. However, before making your decision to have surgery, there are many things to consider. The first, and foremost, is the surgeon you will choose. The surgeon should be board-certified and a specialist in facial plastic surgery, with an excellent record of successful procedures.

The surgeon will carefully examine the structure of your nose and your face to ascertain what options will be open to you. The factors that the surgeon will take into consideration to determine whether or not you are a candidate are as follows:

  • your type of skin
  • your age
  • the structure of the nasal bone
  • the available cartilage
  • your overall health
  • your reasons and expectations for surgery

Will Insurance Cover My Rhinoplasty?
Probably not if you’re seeking rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes. However, if the rhinoplasty is being done for medical reasons, such as correcting a breathing problem, then the insurance should cover the costs. Speak to your insurance carrier prior to the operation.

Be sure to inform your surgeon about any allergies or breathing problems you might have. It is also important to tell the surgeon about any medications or vitamins you may be taking.

Final Instructions
Listen carefully and follow instructions provided by your surgeon. There will be guidelines as to eating and drinking, and advice about the medications or supplements you are taking. You will also be briefed on how and when to wash your face. For more information about rhinoplasty, contact The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for a consultation with Dr. Kyle Choe: 757.389.5850.