Rhinoplasty – Quick Facts | Dr. S. Economou Plastic Surgery in Limassol

Rhinoplasty – Quick Facts
Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure to the nose that reduces or restructures cartilage and bone. In some cases, additional cartilage may be gathered from a donor site and grafted into the nose to improve its overall structure.
• Even-though it is considered to be an aesthetic procedure, a rhinoplasty can also be beneficial in the treatment of sinusitis, chronic snoring, and other respiratory issues.
• That said, a lot of patients do undergo rhinoplasty procedures for cosmetic reasons like correcting a broken nose, improving pointy tipped noses, or evening out a bump on the bridge of the nose.

• Patients should spend the first 24 hours following the procedure resting with their head elevated.
• Work, exercise, and air travel should be avoided during the first week of recovery, while all other labour intensive activities must be avoided for an extra week.
• While most of the healing process is completed by the two-week mark, some swelling can persist for months. Final results can take up to a year to become fully visible.

• Swelling, bruising, and general discomfort in and around the nose are a normal part of the healing process.
• After recovery, some patients may experience nosebleeds, facial numbness, and serious breathing difficulties.
• In certain cases, choosing the an experienced plastic surgeon and proper aftercare can help reduce these risks.

• The price of rhinoplasty differs depending on a number of factors, including the surgeon you choose to work with and where the procedure is performed but also the complexity of each case.
• According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average fee for a rhinoplasty procedure is roughly 3,800 euros.
• Additional costs like extended anaesthesia and facility fees can bring the price of rhinoplasty up to as much as 5,000 euros.

• While rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure, achieving ideal results requires the services of a professional who has a good eye for aesthetics.
• A board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing rhinoplasty procedures will be able to share before and after pictures of their former patients with you. This should help you decide upon the health professional who is best able to meet your expectations.

Hyperhidrosis is the excessive production of sweat from eccrine sweat glands compared to normal sweat needed to regulate the body’s temperature. This is not a result of heat exercise nor emotional state.

Primary hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can often cause emotional stress lack of confidence embarrassment depression and avoidance. These circumstances can lead to problems both at the workplace as well as in our personal lives.

hyperhidrosis treatment in Limassol, Cyprus

Injections of toxin causes a temporary inactivity in the action of these sweat glands as a result there is no or limited amount of sweat around the injected area. Areas injected include the armpits feet and hands as well as the genitals or other areas of focal hyperhidrosis.

Treating the armpits is relatively pain free with the use of local numbing creams and needs to be repeated from 4 to 9 months as required.

Recovering from any surgical procedure is a balance act between providing your body the time it needs to heal properly, and getting active as soon as possible. 

Rest: Try to mostly stay in bed or on the couch with your head comfortably elevated, and a few pillows under your knees. This will help to keep your chest slightly elevated and reduce the stress on the skin of your belly.

The skin in the tummy area will have been stretched at the end of your surgery, so reducing the tension on the incision will help with blood flow and further reduce the chances of any complications.

 Exercise: During these first few days you should be very careful when moving around. While walking is recommended, too much movement this early in your recovery can cause friction between the skin and underlying muscles, rather than them knitting together. This can lead to fluid or blood build-up beneath the skin, known as seromas and hematomas. The purpose of the drains is to help pump the fluid out of the body, but if you move too much, fluid will build-up despite the drains.

Abdominoplasty Recovery Advice

 Diet: You’ll most likely be able to return to your normal diet, but be sure to drink a lot of fluids, including juices or isotonic beverages, especially during the first 72 hours.

 Compression garments and drains: During these first few days of recovery you’ll probably be instructed to wear a compression garment. This helps to reduce swelling and prevents harmful fluid build-ups. You should wear the garment 24 hours a day during this initial recovery period.

Don’t remove it for at least the first five days, except when showering. If it causes itchy or uncomfortable sensation, you can wear a thin tight cotton shirt underneath it. Your compression garment should fit snugly but not impede your breathing or be painful. If it is, please tell your surgeon. They may provide you with a different one.

If one or two drains were placed during surgery, you will need to take care of them. The drain bulb will need to be emptied as it fills, and the amount of fluid should be measured and recorded. This information is important for your surgeon to assess how you’re healing and to resolve any problems before they become serious. This process will have to be repeated several times until the drain can be removed, which may be a few days to a week or more.

 Pain management : After abdominoplasty it’s normal to have pain and discomfort. Don’t be afraid to take your pain management medication as prescribed by your surgeon. Some patients might be given a pain pump designed to treat the area with a local anesthetic. Be sure to discuss about pain medication with your surgeon, but you should be able to combine approved pain pills with the pain pump without any problems. These two types of pain medication are very different, so they won’t react negatively with one another, and combining them can help speed up your recovery.

 Follow-up appointments : Some time within the first 5 days or so you’ll most likely have your first post-op follow up appointment. Most people will have their drains and pain pumps removed during this meeting. Once all the tubes, drains, and pumps are fully removed you’ll feel a bit better, and a lot more mobile. Your surgeon will then discuss the plan for the rest of your recovery with you.

Fat injections vs. dermal fillers

Facial fat injections differ from dermal fillers in a few important ways.

Dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid typically produce faster results than facial fat transfers. And in case your injectable filler does not suit you, hyaluronidase, can be used to reverse the effects almost instantly. The permanent nature of fat transfers makes “un-doing” poor results a more challenging procedure.

Many doctors recommend “trying out” the look of injectable dermal fillers first, before moving on to facial fat grafting. Since dermal fillers are temporary and can be easily removed, you may want to start with the faster and lower-risk option before considering any permanent ones.

“As for the face, I prefer hyaluronic acid-based fillers to test the patient’s new look, in case they are unhappy with the changes,” explains Limassol Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Stavros Economou.

Dr. Economou adds “If the patient isn’t satisfied, the product can be dissolved,”. “But if there is an issue with fat grafting, it requires surgery to correct. Typically, I would offer a hyaluronic acid filler first. If the patient is pleased with the results, I may discuss fat transfer at that time.”

While the risks of both procedures are very low, facial fat transfers do affect two sites on the body, and may cause minimal scarring at the extraction site. On the other hand, the autologous nature of fat transfers means that the risk of infection is extremely low, and your body is very unlikely to suffer any adverse allergic reactions.

In terms of costs, injectable fillers are cheaper per session — but since you’ll need to revisit your plastic surgeon repeatedly during the next years, the costs of repeated dermal filler procedures can be higher over time.

Both solutions are immensely popular. If you’re looking for a “quick fix”; dermal fillers are tried-and-true, fast, easy, and have a short recovery period. If you’re looking for a more permanent route to facial rejuvenation, you might want discuss about facial fat grafting with us.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast Augmentation and swelling: What you see immediately after your breast augmentation is not what you will end up with — swelling will make your breasts appear much larger than anticipated and they will be higher than expected for several weeks or months until they fall into place. The swelling will settle within three to four months, although you probably won’t know your final bra size for sure until six months after the bandages come off.

Pain: Most women who have undergone breast augmentation in Limassol by Dr Economou, will tell you that the surgery was less painful than they expected; also  worth mentioning is the stiffness and the bruising for the first few days.

Drainage tubes: Depending on the surgeon’s preferences and experience, drainage tubes may be used to reduce the risk of fluid build up around the implant to prevent a capsule from forming. Dr Economou will not use them in breast augmentation surgery, for longer than necessary because they can introduce bacteria.

Extended recovery time: After 24 hours, you will be able to resume everyday activities, and return to work within three to seven days. But the swelling and mild discomfort will remain for weeks, and your activities will be restricted. For example, you won’t be able to sleep on your stomach or exercise vigorously for several weeks.

Breast Augmentation in Limassol

Loose clothing: Loose tops, zippered sweat shirts, and button-up blouses are recommended for your post-surgical wardrobe. However, any item of clothing that you can put on and take off without raising your arms or making an exaggerated movement is preferred. You will have a postoperative garment or sports bra that zips at the front to provide your new breasts with support.

No alcohol: Abstain from drinking for at least two weeks after your breast augmentation in Cyprus, to minimize the risk of bleeding and promote healing of your wounds.

Difficulty showering: Lifting your arms to wash your hair, bending down to wash your feet, and reaching around to wash your back must be avoided during your initial recovery period. With that in mind, you may want to stock up on dry shampoo or have a close friend or your caretaker help you with bathing. You’ll likely be restricted to sponge baths until your surgeon gives the green light to step into the shower. When showering, it is important to face away from the water spray and carefully dry incisions if they get wet.

Light exercise: You can forget the gym for a few weeks after your breast augmentation in Limassol. Lifting arms above your head and objects heavier than five pounds is generally not allowed for two weeks. However, general movement is encouraged to promote circulation.

New bras: After your surgery, you will have to wait four to six weeks until you can trade the sports bra for new lingerie. In the meantime, make sure your sports bras provide sufficient support and do not rub your incisions.

Avoiding the sun damage while enjoying the outdoors

Living in Cyprus is a blessing in many aspects. The freedom to comfortably enjoy the outdoors during the biggest part of the year.

Our skin is the first barrier to the harmful effects of the environment. Firstly, it acts as a filter for the harmful UV radiation and effectivelly does so. However as a filter it has it’s limitations. The sun’s radiation injures our skin. Our skin repairs up to a point after which skin cancer could occur.

We have learned in the last few years that not only is the sun’s UV radiation is potentially harmful in large doses, it also causes additive damage to one’s skin cells. This means that as our life expectancy has increased so did the incidence of skin cancer relating to UVR (Ultraviolet Radiation) exposure. In addition we have become more adept to identifying skin lesions more often. Also the increase in popularity of outdoor activities is a factor that plays a role in the increase seen over the last few decades in the occurence of skin cancer.

The goal is to avoid exposing our skin to the sun’s harmful UV Radiation especially at times when it is at its peak from 10:00 to 16:00. Always wear protective clothing even when enjoying the sea like lycra UV tops. You should wear sunscreen daily, investing in a sunscreen is recommended to be a part of your skin care routine.

In conclusion, despite the above measures we take to protect our skin from sun damage the skin’s capacity to filter UV radiation is limited. As a result your skin could experience damage of varying degree. It is important to note and remember.

* ABCDE of skin lesions : Asymmetries, uneven borders, color variation, diameter more than a pencil butt i.e. 6mm, evolution in how they look or act i.e. shape, size, new onset of symptoms like scratching, bleeding.
* Wear protective clothing, sunscreen and avoid sun exposure during 10:00 to 16:00 especially during the summer.
* Any skin scrape that does not heal in a month needs to be seen by a doctor.
* Get treatment for any suspicious lesions by a certified and experienced physician.

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