Your nose is the central feature of your face, and as such, you want there to be a harmonious relationship with your other features. The size and shape should complement your eyes and mouth, not detract from them. Having a balanced facial structure can boost your self-esteem and make you feel more attractive. Aesthetics is one of the most common reasons why men and women get the procedure.
However, aesthetics is not the only reason for a rhinoplasty. There can be medical benefits as well. Your nose plays an important role in your ability to breathe, and if it is crooked or your nasal passages are too narrow, this can cause problems. According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 207,000 Americans underwent rhinoplasty in 2019. It ranked as number four in the top five cosmetic surgical procedures.
From aesthetics to medical purposes, here are some popular reasons to consider a nose job:
1. You are not happy with the appearance of your nose.
You do not have to justify yourself to anyone. If you do not like the way your nose looks, no matter the reason, you are free to change it. Even if others do not see any issues with your nose, it is your own perception that matters. You want to feel confident in how you present yourself, and a nose is a hard feature to cover up.
Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about your concerns and what you would like to change. It can be helpful to have pictures of other people’s noses that you find attractive. Remember that everyone’s face is unique, however, so the same nose will look different on each person. But your facial plastic surgeon can help you achieve a similar shape, size, and contour that complements your features.
2. Your nose was injured, and it affected how it looks.
Trauma can alter the appearance of your nose. If you broke your nose and it was not set properly, there may be a noticeable bump, or your nose could be crooked. It may also impact how well you are able to breathe. Rhinoplasty may be able to correct some of these issues and restore your nose to closer to how it looked pre-injury, or create an improved version.
By altering the structure, it can allow air to flow more easily and naturally through your nostrils and up to your sinuses. You may be able to breathe more comfortably and reduce the risk of chronic sinus problems.
3. You have persistent sinus issues.
Some sinus issues are due to allergies, but others can stem from structural abnormalities. Allergies can cause your nasal passages to become inflamed, which can limit the amount of air getting through. This can also occur if you naturally have narrow nasal passages because of how your nose developed. As a result, you may feel congested and have a harder time breathing. A nose job can widen these passages creating improved airflow.
Another common cause of sinus problems is a deviated septum. There is a strip of cartilage that separates the two sides of your nose. When you have a deviated septum, this cartilage is off-center, and more air passes through one side of your nose than the other. Septoplasty is performed to properly position the nasal septum, but it may be combined with rhinoplasty to straighten the nose as well.
4. You have a cleft lip or palate.
A cleft lip or palate are conditions that are present at birth. Because the lip is not fully formed, it often affects the structure and appearance of the nose. Many children undergo surgery when they are very young to correct these abnormalities. Cleft rhinoplasty is performed at the same time to create as natural-looking of a nose as possible.
As children continue to grow and develop, their noses may change as well. What was once a natural and symmetric nose when they were a child might appear uneven or abnormal as an adult. They may require additional surgery when they are older to touch up their nose and refine the size, shape, and overall appearance.
5. Your nose is too large or wide.
Some people feel that their nose is disproportionately large compared to the rest of their face. If you have a broad nose, it can stand out more prominently. A nose job can slim down the appearance of your nose by adjusting the bone structure and removing excess cartilage. Your nose may become sleeker and blend more naturally with your other features. In addition, the size of your nostrils may also be made smaller, so they are proportional to your new nose.
6. You have a bump on the bridge of your nose.
When you look at your nose in profile, you may notice that the bridge protrudes out with a noticeable bump. Many people turn to rhinoplasty for a smoother contour. Surgery can remove excess bone and reshape your nose so that there is a gradual slope that is not too convex. It creates an aesthetically pleasing line from your forehead down to the tip of your nose.
A hump on your nose may be due to genetics and your individual anatomy, or it could develop later as the result of an injury. In either case, under the care of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, it can be corrected.
7. Your nose is not straight.
Looking at your nose head-on, it may be skewed to one side or appear slightly crooked. In some instances, this is very noticeable, while in others, it may be more perceptible to you than others. Your nose may have always been slightly off, or it could have changed shape due to nasal trauma or a break in the bone. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, a nose job is one option for creating a more appealing aesthetic.
Surgery can straighten out your nose and resolve any unnatural curves or odd angles that are present. You can feel more confident about the way you look without worrying that people are focused on the alignment of your nose instead of on you.
8. Your nose angles up or droops down.
You may not have any concerns about the size of your nose or how straight it is, but rather how the tip is angled. Some noses curve slightly up, while others point down. Rhinoplasty can adjust the tip of your nose to a more neutral position. The cartilage can be reshaped so that the end of your nose is gently rounded.
This can also help individuals who feel self-conscious about how noticeable their nostrils are. When the tip of the nose curves upward, the nostrils can appear larger and more prominent. They often blend in more once the nose is turned slightly downward.
9. You have asymmetrical nostrils.
There can be several reasons for having asymmetrical nostrils. For one, you may have simply been born that way. The size of your nostrils may have also shifted due to a deviated septum or previous rhinoplasty. In any case, this slight imperfection may frustrate you every time you look in the mirror.
The good news is that it can be corrected. A board-certified facial plastic surgeon can narrow your nostrils and even them out. This can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your nose by creating greater symmetry and balance. Even a slight change can make a noticeable difference.
Are You a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Men and women of all ages undergo rhinoplasty every year for any number of reasons. Some are purely cosmetic because they want to refine the way they look and are ready for a change. Others are medical because they are tired of not being able to breathe as well as possible or are dealing with other issues due to the structure of their nose. For some people, it is a combination of both.
There are not many limitations when it comes to being a good candidate for a nose job. Some of the qualifications that many surgeons look for when consulting with potential patients include:
- You are in overall good health, and any underlying medical conditions are well managed. Let your doctor know upfront about any health concerns you may have so that they can plan accordingly.
- You are done growing. Typically for females, this is around age 16, and for males around age 18. Exceptions may be made for younger patients when rhinoplasty is needed for medical purposes (cleft lip/palate or severe breathing issues) or following nose trauma.
- You do not smoke. Smoking can negatively impact your body’s ability to heal because it affects oxygen circulation in the blood. If you are a smoker, you should be willing to quit at least temporarily for surgery, though ideally long-term.
- You have realistic expectations when it comes to the capabilities of rhinoplasty and are dissatisfied with the way your nose currently looks or have medical concerns.
Considerations When Thinking About a Nose Job
As with any cosmetic or facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is something that you should be doing for yourself, not for anyone else. Talk to your doctor about what you hope to accomplish with a nose job. Be honest about the features you do and do not like about your current nose. If you are concerned about medical issues such as trouble breathing or a deviated septum, let them know.
Maintain realistic expectations about what you can achieve through surgery. Bring pictures of noses that you like to give your doctor a better idea of what you are going for. They can create a plan that works for your facial structure and enhances your natural aesthetics. The right surgery can boost your self-esteem and confidence. Changing the shape or size of your nose can alter your entire appearance.
Ask to see before and after pictures of others who have similar features or underwent similar surgery. You can see for yourself how their appearance changed and how their concerns were addressed. In addition, it allows you to see the type of natural-looking results your surgeon is able to achieve. Even though you are getting a nose job, you do not necessarily want it to be obvious. Rather, you want to look like the best version of yourself.
Also, keep in mind that while some changes may be immediate, there will be some initial and residual swelling. It can take several months for swelling to entirely resolve and your permanent nose shape, size, and contour to settle in. Be patient as you await the final results, but do not be afraid to bring up any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
Questions to Ask During a Rhinoplasty Consultation
When you meet with your potential surgeon, come prepared with a list of questions so you can ensure that you have all of the information you need. A few things you want to be sure to ask are:
- Are you board-certified, and by which board?
- How often do you perform rhinoplasty?
- How many nose jobs have you completed?
- What is your revision rate?
- Where do you perform your surgery?
- Do you prefer an open or closed technique?
- Do you feel you can achieve the results I am looking for?
- Do you have before and after pictures that I can see?
Feel More Confident About Your Nose with Rhinoplasty
Are you ready to transform your nose and boost your self-esteem? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nima Shemirani at Eos Rejuvenation to discuss the possibilities. We collaborate with you to create a plan that addresses any concerns you have about your nose and helps you reach your aesthetic and functional goals. Breathe more normally and enhance your overall appearance with a customized nose job.