There has been a marked increase (39%) in cosmetic procedures over the last few years, at least since 2011. Surgical procedures have increased by 17%, while nonsurgical procedures have risen by 44%. One of the most popular procedures, either for cosmetic or medical purposes, is rhinoplasty.
Simply put, rhinoplasty is a surgery that alters the way the nose looks, and the way it is structured. It can be a great option for those that have sleep apnea, as the pathway for air might be blocked or obstructed. However, many go through this facial plastic surgery for a simple cosmetic reason.
Whatever the reasoning behind going to see a plastic surgeon, there are a few things you should do before undergoing rhinoplasty. Here are a few examples of things you might be asked to do or suggested to do:
Get a Lab Test
They may require you to take a lab test to see if you truly need the procedure, this is more common with ENT doctors that want to know if you have sleep apnea. Rhinoplasty that is for a medical reason can potentially be billed as a "medically necessary procedure," and thus subject to insurance.
Alter Current Medications
Your surgeon might suggest that you avoid taking aspirins and anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can increase the bleeding that you experience post-op, and thus may cause complications in surgery. Before your surgery, it might also be a good idea to consult with your performing plastic surgeon and ask them a few questions. It is a good idea to have a solid understanding of what to expect during and after the procedure. Some examples of questions to ask are:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
- Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?
- How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
- What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
You should also consider looking into the location that you are obtaining or undergoing the surgery from, just to see what is said about it. And don't be afraid to research the performing surgeon. This is your body, and you have the right to find the best possible option.