What to Expect from Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Do you have a rhinoplasty scheduled to address cosmetic or functional concerns? If so, you’ve made a great choice that will lead to more confidence and an overall increase in your quality of life. However, you may be worried about what recovery from your surgery will entail. If you have chosen a superspecialist like Dr. Kotler to perform your rhinoplasty, rest assured that he will do his absolute best to make your recovery as easy as possible while still giving you the results you want. Doing your research so you are prepared for what your recovery will involve is a good way to ease stress and will allow you to plan your schedule after surgery to accommodate healing. Here is what you should expect.

Dr. Kotler’s Rhinoplasty Procedure

As a superspecialist, Dr. Kotler performs all of his rhinoplasty surgeries in a closed manner. This means that all of his incisions are internal and scarring, operative time, swelling, and recovery time are all reduced. With the use of self-dissolving stitches, Dr. Kotler’s procedures do not require the patient to come back in to have them removed, which also eases recovery.

When you arrive at Dr. Kotler’s office, you will be put under general anesthesia to keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Incisions will then be made by the doctor inside the nose and the skin covering the nasal bones and cartilage will be lifted so that Dr. Kotler can reshape the nose. Depending on the individual surgery, some tissue may be removed or added to achieve the correct aesthetic and functional goals. Finally, the skin is redraped over the nose, and the incisions will be closed with dissolving stitches. You will be monitored until you have fully recovered from the anesthesia before being sent home.H

How Dr. Kotler Makes Recovery Easier on his Rhinoplasty Patients

As a superspecialist, Dr. Kotler has performed thousands of rhinoplasty operations and is on the cutting edge when it comes to the newest techniques in nose surgery. His extensive specialized training means that each patient gets the highest level of care and the most successful results. In addition to performing closed rhinoplasty procedures almost exclusively, Dr. Kotler is also able to offer his patients the Kotler Nasal Airway to assist with their recovery. This patented device is made of a pair of soft silicone tubes and is inserted into the nostrils after surgery to allow the patient to breathe immediately after the procedure is completed. This not only improves the patient’s recovery time, but it also makes them much more comfortable, especially during the first five days of recovery when swelling and breathing obstruction is generally the worst. Patented by Dr. Kotler and approved by the FDA, this device is now used worldwide by many surgeons, and Dr. Kotler is able to offer it to all of his rhinoplasty patients. H

The Recovery Process

Though Dr. Kotler strives to make recovery as painless and quick as possible for his patients, you will still experience some discomfort during your recovery. The first few days after surgery, you will likely feel congested and experience some bruising and swelling. Dr. Kotler recommends his patients keep a humidifier in their rooms and limit physical activity as much as possible. He also recommends they sleep with their head elevated and avoid blowing their nose for at least the first couple of weeks after surgery. Most patients find that after about a week, their swelling and bruising has healed enough to resume their normal schedules, though vigorous activity is still not recommended. By the end of week four, most patients are almost fully healed though some may experience a slight loss of feeling, especially near the tip of their nose. During the year following surgery, Dr. Kotler advises that his patients may continue to see subtle changes in the shape of their nose and encourages them to get in touch with his office should they have any concerns.

A nose surgery can have incredibly positive effects on your health, self-confidence, and overall sense of well-being. When you have your rhinoplasty performed by a superspecialist like Dr. Kotler, you will love your results and know that your recovery will go as smoothly as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step and see what a superspecialist can do for you, schedule your consultation today!