Should You Get a Nose Job?Not everyone is willing to commit to changing one of the most central aspects of their appearance. But the real question is: should they even be considering it? Rhinoplasty is one of the most sensitive plastic surgery topics, as the nose is one of the most important factors in our appearance. The spectrum of expectations regarding rhinoplasty is spectacular, too. There are people who bring a picture of a celebrity into the surgeon’s office, and then there are people who request well thought-through, constructive changes to their nose. The rule of thumb is relatively simple: if you want to “look like a certain celebrity”, you probably have the wrong expectations—chances are, the surgeon will not accept you as a patient. Inversely, if you’re trying to battle a silly insecurity in regards to your appearance, rhinoplasty can do wonders for you. In this article, you’ll find who is a good rhinoplasty candidate, what the procedure can and cannot do for the right candidate, and how long of a recovery should you plan for.
What Can You Expect from a Nose Job?Rhinoplasty—the medical term for a nose job—is a common choice for men and women who are unsatisfied with the size and shape or their nose. In many cases, the decision to go for a rhinoplasty procedure is motivated both by reasons cosmetic and functional: rhinoplasty can alleviate breathing difficulties caused by trauma, disease or inborn breathing defects, while adjusting the way it looks at the same time. A procedure to both help you sleep better and make you look better. The key to rhinoplasty is understanding the facial structure of the patient. No two faces are identical, thus no two rhinoplasty procedures can be performed the same way. Combine this with the patient’s goals and expectations, and you have yourself a pretty serious equation to solve. Should the surgeon fail to do that, you might be devastated by the end result, considering how central the nose is to overall appearance. That’s why it’s super, super important to find a doctor who is both qualified and committed to achieving your desired appearance. Compared to, say, a liposuction procedure—which provides small risk of aesthetic “damage” due to its small incision and easily hide-able scars—rhinoplasty is an extremely subtle request. It truly demands an outstanding sense of aesthetics from the surgeon, and the ability to connect the science to the visual. We recommend putting extra time and effort into finding the doctor you can truly rely on.
Minimum Rhinoplasty AgeFor multiple reasons, rhinoplasty is not recommended for girls below 15 years old and boys below 17-18 years of age. The main reason for this restriction is because our facial bone structure develops significantly before the specified age thresholds. A rhinoplasty in such cases is not just unnecessary—it can also interfere with the natural development of the facial structure. Rhinoplasty on children is only performed for special exceptions, such as children who have inborn facial defects.
How Does Rhinoplasty Happen?Every plastic surgery journey begins with the initial consultation. During this session, the patient communicates his or her goals and expectations, and the doctor outlines the risks, requirements and possible outcomes to the patient. Given the extra-sensitive nature of the procedure, 3D visualizations play a major role in the preparation phase. Based on your goals, expectations and facial parameters, the surgeon will prepare 3D simulation images of the possible outcomes for your nose. You’ll be able to evaluate whether you and the surgeon are on the same page, and feel confident in your doctor of choice for the rest of your journey. It is important to note that 3D images are never a guarantee of the results, but rather a reference point to confirm that both you and the doctor have similar ideas of what needs to be done. We’ve found that providing 3D simulations allows patients to feel more safe and relaxed going into the surgery. Physical 3D models are also an option in addition to the images. Rhinoplasty procedures are usually aimed at the following goals:
- Improve breathing and appearance
- Removing the nasal “hump”
- Adjusting the nose tip
- Narrowing or widening the nostrils
- Changing the overall projection size/angle
Week 1The first week is always the hardest:
- You won’t be able to blow your nose
- Breathing only through your mouth
- Your nose will be covered with an external splint
- Significant swelling and bruising is expected
Week 2After 5-7 days:
- Your doctor will likely remove the splint and the patches
- The swelling and bruising begins to fade, to a point where it’s barely noticeable
- Expect increased skin sensitivity in the nose area (sunlight exposure should be limited)
Months 1-330 days after the procedure is usually the threshold when most patients start feeling and looking fully recovered after the procedure:
- The swelling and bruising is almost fully gone
- You’ll be able to start wearing sunglasses again
- Your final rhinoplasty results will start surfacing