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
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.