It’s unfortunate, but there was a time in this country when Jewish people often sought nasal surgery as a way to help fit in a somewhat unwelcoming American cultural climate. The “nose job” for Jewish girls was almost a rite of passage in the mid-twentieth century, but that’s changed a lot in the last few decades. We’re seeing positive change in the attitudes toward rhinoplasty—as a means of improving facial balance and customizing the procedure to help patients gain self-esteem. In a recent article called “How the All-American Nose Job Got a Makeover,” author Naomi Zeveloff delves into how the rhinoplasty has changed, especially in relation to Jewish community in the United States. So what are the differences between the nose job of the 60’s and today’s procedure for Jewish young people?
Before: Hiding Ethnic Identity
In the past, acceptance meant getting rid of some of the “hallmarks” of the Jewish nose with rhinoplasty, especially for women. Stereotypically, that meant a larger nose with a dorsal hump in the middle—and those traits were something many Jewish women (or their families) chose for themselves. This was in an attempt to fit in, hiding ethnic identity and to become part of the crowd.
After: Enhancing Features
Rhinoplasty today for all ethnic groups has changed, and it’s all about enhancing the nose according to the patient’s other features and specific goals. Rhinoplasty is much more about confidence, positive emotions, and overall facial balance than it was in the past, and the assumption that people “need” nose jobs is no longer commonplace—leaving the people who do get them in a much better position.
Causes: More Inclusive Beauty Standards and Ethnic Pride
Fortunately, the pressure to undergo rhinoplasty to “look less Jewish” has decreased almost to the point of non-existence. Why? Today, more inclusive beauty standards, individuality, and ethnic pride have made this pressure disappear. More and more, people are seeing the value in their features, even if it doesn’t conform to the ideals of the past. People are embracing their individuality and heritage, and don’t worry so much about fitting in or convincing their children to have plastic surgery.
Current Patterns in Jewish Rhinoplasty
Today, plastic surgeons emphasize subtle changes that enhance overall facial aesthetics and address a specific concern, rather than making drastic changes that completely remove the former look of the nose, as was common decades ago. Natural-looking enhancement is the trend, and people tend to be happier with these subtle, powerful changes than going for one specific look. It’s all about customization, and retaining ethnic identity.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
No one should pressure you into making the decision, including your friends, family, or potential surgeons. The procedure is a major surgery that has emotional, physical, and financial components, and no one but you should make the decision about what is right for you.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of rhinoplasty, then it’s essential that you choose a trustworthy, board certified plastic surgeon who focuses on facial plastic surgery. Rhinoplasty is an extremely difficult procedure that should only be performed by a specialist with many years of experience and the great results to back it up.
If you’re looking for a true specialist, then consider a consultation with Dr. Shervin Naderi, a renowned plastic surgeon who focuses almost solely on the art of rhinoplasty. Dr. Naderi is a skilled and compassionate surgeon who would be happy to discuss your goals for rhinoplasty. Call the Naderi Center in Herndon, VA (703-481-0002) or Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020) today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Naderi.