Having a misshapen nose or one that feels too large for the face can, over time, become a source of extreme self-consciousness. People don’t tend to make rhinoplasty decisions on an impulse; rather, they come on the back of years of deliberation. When patients present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic, it is not uncommon for them to identify a forthcoming big event – a wedding, for example – as a catalyst.
Your decision needs to made be free from pressure
During your Cambridge consultation, rhinoplasty specialist Mr Ahmad will not only talk you through the specifics of the procedure and its potential risks, but he will ask you about your expectations of surgery. He will also emphasise the need for certainty that surgery is the right thing for you – and that this is the right time. It is not advisable to make such an important decision when under any pressure: a rushed decision may not be the right one. Furthermore, your recovery also needs to be free from pressure: setting a time limit on when you need to feel and look 100% is likely to add an unwelcome layer of stress to your recovery, and risks slowing it down.
Your nose will take a while to settle
Most of the swelling will have subsided six weeks post-surgery, but your nose will continue to change subtly and it may be a year before you see the final results. There will be a period of emotional adjustment to your new shape; some patients say that for the first few weeks it just doesn’t feel like their nose. Recovering from a rhinoplasty requires time and space; for the best possible experience, schedule it when you can take time out, when you don’t have other stressful things to organise, and when there is no urgency to get back onto your feet and be ‘camera ready’.