DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2013) - Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape a patient's nasal structure and appearance to facilitate breathing or achieve a more aesthetically symmetrical appearance. According to recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), rhinoplasty is one of the top four most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for women under 35 and the second most popular procedure for men. Because of the complex structure of the nose and its position as the focal point of a person's face, Dallas rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Spencer Cochran says recovery from rhinoplasty can be a daunting process; however, patients can ease much of their anxiety by familiarizing themselves with what to expect from their procedure beforehand.
At the Gunter Center for Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery in Dallas, Dr. Cochran says patient education and comfort are paramount to a successful procedure, and he strives to provide anyone undergoing rhinoplasty with extensive information through a week-by-week recovery guide. Using a preoperative and postoperative instruction packet, he says patients are able to see what their recovery should look like on the day of surgery, the day after, and the months to follow. Dr. Cochran says this approach to thorough patient education helps instill a sense of ease going into the procedure, and also provides a support system for patients who may be unsure if their recovery experiences are normal.
"We are a very hands-on office," says Dr. Cochran. "We do everything we can to make sure our patients are comfortable by guiding them through every step of the process."
For many surgeons, Dr. Cochran says the first step of recovery is to place an external splint on the exterior of the nose to help preserve the operative result and aid in reducing swelling. He says the cast is typically left on for a week, after which the patient will come into the office and Dr. Cochran will remove the bandages. During the weeks and months that follow, he says patients can expect to see gradual reduction in swelling as the nose continues to take on its new shape.
As patients recuperate, Dr. Cochran says he sees them several times over the next few months to ensure their recovery is going smoothly and they are happy with their result. Since every patient has different goals and expectations, he urges anyone considering rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty to consult with a qualified and board-certified surgeon who has the experience to address a wide range of functional and cosmetic nasal concerns. Dr. Cochran says through partnership with the right practice, patients can dramatically increase the likelihood of enjoying a speedy recovery and a healthy, beautiful outcome.
About C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dr. Spencer Cochran is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Cochran has also been featured as one of D Magazine's "Best Doctors in Dallas." He is available for interview upon request.
The practice can be reached online at gunter-center.com, rhinoplasty-usa.com, or facebook.com/guntercenter.