Many surgeons agree that, based on anecdotal evidence, there is a direct link between patients’ self-esteem and the appearance of their nose. Many rhinoplasty patients have reported that their confidence, self-esteem and self-image have received a significant boost after their nose job.
The News Medical web site has even reported Venezuelan women who have been having nose jobs in an effort to look ‘whiter’. This might represent an extreme, but it highlights just how important our noses are to identity.
Rhinoplasty and Self-Identity
It’s also fair to say that rhinoplasty isn’t the best solution for everyone. Internet forums contain sad stories of people who had low self-esteem and thought that a nose job would solve all their problems, only to find that their new nose caused them to lose a little bit of self-identity.
Even the Venezuelan women who wanted to lose a bit of their self-identity and ethnicity reported that the effect was, at best, temporary.
Our noses are so prominent that they are often the first place we look to improve the way that we look to others; this also makes them important in defining who we are. Without taking into account the way we look and our ethnicity, we run the risk that any changes will cause us to feel, somehow, that we’re just not ourselves any more.
The Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Dr. Naderi is an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty. This is a nose job that is performed to improve the patients’ looks, whilst taking into account their ethnicity. Many issues regarding self-image can be resolved by a nose job that retains the patients’ ethnic roots, whilst minimizing the features that the patient finds unattractive. So, on the one hand, the surgeon can offer a significant improvement in outward appearance, whilst helping the patient retain their own identity.
There’s another possibility, of course. Advances in surgery have given us fillers as a non-surgical option that can help. What’s important to remember in using fillers is that they are not permanent.
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty as a Trial Run?
They’re not always an option, as there are some things that fillers cannot do, but the rise of the non-surgical rhinoplasty does at least offer the possibility to make changes and see how the patient reacts. It is a quick way to make minimal changes and feel the impact of changing the appearance of the nose without it being a permanent, surgical, solution.
Generally speaking, fillers are only useful in restoring basic nasal symmetry and evening out small humps. Like any other facial fillers, the effect is immediate, and relatively long-lasting.
For those who have had a nose job, but feel that it hasn’t had the desired effect, Dr. Naderi also specializes in the revision rhinoplasty. This is a secondary procedure used when the initial rhinoplasty has not produced the desired result or complications have occurred.
Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that requires an additional level of skill, and with it Dr. Naderi can attempt to restore the symmetry and balance of the face by further adjusting the nose.
There may be a number of reasons for the revision procedure, including the patient’s desire to restore their ethnicity or return features to their nose that they feel they have lost as the result of an ill-judged initial procedure.
It would, of course, be much better to get it right first time, and in choosing Dr. Naderi as your cosmetic surgeon, you will be in safe, specialist hands. Rhinoplasties make up 90% of his practice, and he continues to give back to the community through education and charitable work.
To learn more about ethnic rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and non-invasive techniques, and how a nose job could improve your confidence and self-esteem, please contact The Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.