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How Often Should You See Your Doctor During Rhinoplasty Surgery?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Are you unsatisfied with your nose? Rhinoplasty – commonly known as a “nose job” – can be an ideal solution. This transformative procedure improves your appearance and addresses breathing problems at the same time. Anyone considering rhinoplasty surgery should understand the importance of meeting with a qualified surgeon to ensure the best outcomes.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi may advise patients to come in for an initial consultation and post-operative appointment 5 – 7 days after surgery. Call VIP Plastic Surgery to learn more about rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV, and how often you should see your doctor throughout the process.

Your first appointment: the consultation

The first step of the rhinoplasty process involves a thorough consultation to discuss your needs and expectations. Dr. Khorsandi will evaluate your nose from all angles and suggest options based on the desired changes. We may examine the underlying structures and make notes of any abnormalities.

This appointment also allows patients to ask any questions they may have about getting a nose job, including the time necessary for full recovery, possible risks and benefits, and cost. Our trained staff can let you know if additional consultation appointments are needed to continue planning for surgery.

The next step: rhinoplasty surgery

Rhinoplasty surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at an accredited surgery center. Dr. Khorsandi may reshape or remove cartilage and other tissues as needed. Cartilage grafts can enhance certain parts of the nose or help create a stronger framework for improved breathing. Revision rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV may require additional cartilage from behind the ear. Our custom surgical techniques are tailored to the individual patient.

After surgery, Dr. Khorsandi places absorbable sutures inside the nostrils and non-absorbable stitches at the base of the nose. Scarring should be minimal and barely visible once rhinoplasty recovery is over.

Your final appointments: follow-up care

VIP Plastic Surgery provides detailed instructions for patients to follow post-operatively. The goal is to minimize potential complications and promote natural healing. We also schedule follow-up appointments to evaluate your healing and address any concerns.

Non-absorbable stitches and splints are generally removed 5 – 7 days after rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Khorsandi then performs another examination to assess your nasal structures. We may advise you to keep wearing a splint based on our findings.

Additional appointments may be necessary to document your progress and ensure rhinoplasty recovery is going as planned. Our clinic can order an imaging service to get a better look at the underlying structures and ensure you are on track for a successful outcome.

Additional considerations for seeing your doctor

Complications are rare but may occur if you fail to follow post-operative instructions as given. Patients should contact our office right away if they have difficulty breathing or pain that does not respond to medication. Do not wait until your next appointment, as this could lead to more significant consequences. Dr. Khorsandi can recommend antibiotics or topical creams if you experience excessive swelling, bruising, or infection.

Schedule a rhinoplasty appointment today

A nose job can boost your self-confidence and make breathing easier. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi understands the importance of rhinoplasty recovery and can discuss the best ways to achieve your desired results. Contact VIP Plastic Surgery about rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV, and schedule your first appointment today – we look forward to speaking with you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.