GUEST BLOG: 9 Tips for Surviving a Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) by Theatre Counterpoint

In this weeks blog, Theatre Counterpoint share a list of useful tips for anyone considering Rhinoplasty (nose job) ahead of Am I Prettytheir brand new show examining issues around the self, body image and cosmetic surgery. 

As a company creating a show that talks about cosmetic surgery in relation to self-identity, we have looked into various procedures that can be applied to amend our facial characteristics. Unlike face-lift, rhinoplasty actually changes your facial structure – your nose either becomes more pronounced or shrinks after you get a nose job done.  Of course, we have also researched what happens when going through a genioplasty (chin augmentation or reduction), but we’ll keep it a surprise for the audience coming to Am I Pretty?.

Rhinoplasty is a rather common procedure applied in cosmetic surgery, therefore, based on our research and some surgical experience our members have had (although not rhinoplasty but other surgery that was conducted around facial area), here are some useful tips that we gathered to help prepare for the operation:

  • Save up £4,500 to £7,000 to pay for a Rhinoplasty.
    A rhinoplasty is normally not available on the NHS if it’s for cosmetic purposes, and with the current circumstance in NHS, it’s very likely you’ll have to pay for the whole procedure.To be honest, it’s not crazy money to get your nose reshaped, and thus it’s also a fairly popular surgery that teengers go for.
  • Make sure all your questions are answered by the surgeon.
    Nothing is more important than making sure you and your surgeon are on the same page.  You’d also want to know the surgeon’s success percentage, and whether s/he has any lawsuits.
  • Stop smoking 2-4 weeks ahead of the surgery.
    Doctors said that nicotine can horribly inhibit healing.  Doctors also said that you may want to stop smoking completely from now on. (Huh??)
  • Buy a blender if you don’t have one. Dice a lot of carrots, butternut squash, celery, onions, berries, and bananas. Or just get some can soup and bottled smoothy.
    The operation is conducted around the area of your nose, and you may find it difficult to open your mouth and chew properly after the surgery. We’d recommend soup and smoothies for your diet.  It’s soft, nutritious, and healthy.  By the way, if you have a blender and diced vegetables and fruits, you can call your friends and have some social recovery time making soup with them (if they’re up for eating only liquids).
  • Prepare a roll of tape to hang your glasses from your forehead.
    You probably won’t need your glasses right after the surgery because you’d be resting in bed.  However, if you can’t survive without seeing things clearly, you might want to hang your glasses from your forehead instead of putting them on your nose.  Bear in mind, your nose is extremely fragile after the surgery.
  • Make sure your bed is set up with lots of pillows to elevate your head. 

    Some of our members who had surgery around their faces suggested that lifting your head up while resting works so much better than laying it down. Blood tends to go to your head and face when it’s laid horizontally, and unless you want to feel your blood pounding in your head, you might want to have pillows underneath to elevate your head a bit.

  • Stop reading and viewing the ‘before and after’ information.
    It creates unreal expectations when you see a lot of beautiful people. Be aware that many of them might have done more than just rhinoplasty while you’re only getting your nose done.  Moreover, seeing failure cases would just increase your anxiety. You should relax and forget about what you’ll look like afterwards. It’s decided and happening anyway.
  • Ensure your phone is fully-charged and next to your bed.  Also, get a remote control with new batteries if your device has one.
    So when you’re awake and totally bored, you can check your Facebook and WhatsApp, and update your status with friends if they can’t come to make soup with you. Connect to Netflix or Amazon Prime, or whichever platform you use to watch shows. You can watch whatever you like, but we DO NOT recommend ‘Extreme Makeover’; not very healthy.
  • Placing a journal and a few new pens nearby.
    This is for you to keep a diary if you like.  Also, prepare a camera with you, so you can record the recovery process and how much you have changed over the surgery.  It’s very useful for bloggers and vloggers.

We hope anyone considering to go through a rhinoplasty would find these tips helpful.  Feel free to tweet us @Theatre_CPoint if you want to add more suggestions!
Are we against cosmetic surgery? Not at all. On the contrary, we are very interested in the reasons behind all the decisions made to change one’s look, and that’s why we want to invite you to Am I Pretty? to explore this subject with us!