I’ve been told that overweight people need to trim down before having any surgery, but is this also true for rhinoplasty? My deviated septum causes many problems and I want it fixed, but to be honest I probably am 25 pounds overweight. I am 48 and have tried many diets over the years, with little success.
If you were getting a facelift or neck lift and then lost more than 15 pounds, most likely the skin would loosen up a bit again and deflate requiring another mini facelift. Weight is not that important when it comes to the nose however your plastic surgeon needs to take your facial bone’s architecture in mind when designing and planning your new nose. If you have a very obese face then your nose will look small and once you lose a lot of weight then your nose may look larger but a lot of weight needs to fluctuate for this phenomenon. However, your nose job should be planned for your “average face” and not for any particular weight. Its design is based on the underlying bones and facial proportions. With that said, losing weight is good for your health and makes anesthesia easier if you are markedly overweight. If its just a few pounds then its not that important when it comes to Rhinoplasty. You do need to make sure to be evaluated for sleep apnea because overweight patients often have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) which can complicate anesthesia issues.