Rhinoplasty is a popular facial surgery that can provide dramatic results for some patients. It can be used to reshape and resize the nose, fine tune small details, or effect big changes. Yet many patients who are recovering from rhinoplasty are still surprised to discover the benefits they hadn’t yet considered. If you’re thinking about a rhinoplasty procedure for yourself, you should be aware of these not-so-expected side effects.
Side Effect #1 – Breathing a Little Easier
Most patients know they’ll be able to relax a little when their surgery is over, but many are surprised at how much better they can breathe. Of course, you’ll need to wait for the swelling to subside completely, but once it does, you may be pleasantly surprised. A skilled facial plastic surgeon can incorporate cosmetic changes with functional ones, leaving you with a nose that looks and works better. Even if you didn’t have your surgery for a breathing problem, widening the nostrils or fixing a deviated septum can alleviate any strain on your breathing.
Side Effect #2 – Sleeping Peacefully
With improved breathing comes an improvement in your sleep. If you’re no longer snoring, getting nose bleeds, suffering from headaches, or fighting sinus congestion, sleeping is a breeze! Some forms of sleep apnea can also be influenced by obstructed airways, so some patients are relieved to finally get a full night’s rest once their problems have been corrected. The health benefits from increased sleep will trickle down, helping you in many different areas of your life.
Side Effect #3 – Heading Toward the Camera
If you’ve been running away from the camera for years, it might seem impossible that you would ever head toward it. However, patients who are satisfied with their rhinoplasty results are often more than happy to pose for a photo. Knowing that the nose on their face is proportional, well suited to their facial structure, and designed the way they like it, these former patients can rest easy on picture day or when sitting for that family portrait.
Side Effect #4 – A More Youthful You
It might seem unlikely that changes to the nose could make a person appear younger, but it’s the truth. Recent studies have shown that patients ranging in ages from 15 to 61 were perceived as younger than they were when evaluated by a panel. The age they were at the time of surgery did not play a factor in this phenomenon either, so rhinoplasty’s rejuvenating effects are available to anyone and everyone.
Side Effect #5 – Feeling Happy and Confident
So many prospective rhinoplasty patients use words like “hate” and “can’t stand” when describing the way they feel about various aspects of their noses. They may avoid mirrors, duck out of photos, and go to extremes to hide their noses from others. Perhaps it is this strong dislike that sets up many patients for such a shift after surgery. When patients are satisfied with their rhinoplasty results, everything changes in an instant. Self-confidence, self-esteem, and even happiness levels can spike after a rhinoplasty, affecting every part of a patient’s life. These psychological changes can create positive outcomes in a patient’s overall quality of life, mental and physical health, and self-image. Planning your rhinoplasty carefully, having a clear understanding of your projected results, and working with an experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon will be essential in achieving these post-rhinoplasty benefits.
Planning Your Own Rhinoplasty
Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery.
For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.