Whether you’ve hated your nose for as long as you can remember or had an accident that’s changed the look of your nose, rhinoplasty can provide some relief. There are a number of advantages to the procedure. The surgery not only improves the way your nose looks, it can also improve the way it functions, improving your quality of life considerably.
A Nose That Works on Your Face
One of the top benefits of rhinoplasty is the chance to have the surgeon create a nose that looks like it belongs on your face. People want nasal surgery for a number of different reasons. They might think their nose is too large for their face or too small. Some people are unhappy with a bump on the bridge of the nose or with the way the tip of their nose turns down or up.
During a consultation, your surgeon will usually use computer imaging to create a picture of what your new nose will look like. The computer imaging will help you see if the new nose you’ve always envisioned for yourself actually works with your facial structure.
Having your nose reshaped can improve your appearance in a few ways. A nose that is too small will make the other features on your face seem overly large, while a nose that is too large will be the only thing people notice or can make you feel self-conscious. But a nose that is in proportion to the rest of your facial features looks like it belongs on your face. Changing the size of your nose through rhinoplasty helps improve your facial symmetry and balance.
Better Nasal Function
Although commonly thought of as a purely cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty can improve the function of your nose in some cases. During the surgery, the surgeon can adjust a deviated septum, making it easier for you to breathe. The surgery can also be done to help open up your nasal passages, making breathing easier, too.
Rhinoplasty can help people who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. The surgery can open obstructed airways or simply make it easier for a person to use his or her CPAP machine at night.
Improved Self Confidence
A huge benefit of rhinoplasty for many people is the boost in self-confidence they get after the surgery and as the results are starting to show. A 2013 study from the University of Pennsylvania reviewed the results from previous studies looking at people’s self esteem after plastic surgery. What they found was that people’s self esteem and quality of life improved after nose jobs. Part of the reason why patients might feel more confident after a nose job is that the surgery finally gave them a nose they wanted. No longer worried about how their nose looks, patients might be more likely to get out and try new things, such as applying for a job or taking up a new hobby.
Cuts Down on Bullying
While teases and taunts from others shouldn’t be the sole reason you get surgery, having the procedure done can significantly reduce bullying. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, nearly 70 percent of teenagers who have plastic surgery do it to stop bullying. If you have been bullied about your nose, rhinoplasty can give you a new outlook and the boost of self confidence you need.
Once you’ve made the decision to have rhinoplasty and have found the surgeon you think is a good fit, it’s important that you know what to expect right after the procedure. After rhinoplasty, things might look worse before they look better.
You’ll most likely have some swelling and bruising in the area for about a week. It can take up to a year for swelling to completely go down and for the final results to be visible. Understanding the healing process after rhinoplasty will help you enjoy the benefits of the surgery even more.
Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS caters to patients through two office locations: One on 297 Herndon Parkway, Suite 101, Herndon, VA, 20170, which can be reached at (703) 481-0002. The other is located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1655 Chevy Chase, MD, 20815, and can be reached at (301) 222-2020.