Though there is debate about when and where the first cosmetic nose surgery took place, one thing is for sure: rhinoplasty has withstood the test of time. In recent years, the surgery has transformed tremendously with evolving beauty ideals. In the 70s, picture-perfect ski jump noses adorned the faces of nearly all rhinoplasty patients.
Now, a more tailored approach is favored to ensure each nose is individualized to a patient’s own face, taking into account ethnicity and the other varying features. It is for this reason that longtime entertainer and media favorite, Michael Jackson, created a decades-long stir over the evolution of his nose. What began as a routine rhinoplasty became every rhinoplasty patient’s fear walking into surgery.
The Rhinoplasty Story – Michael’s Nose
Michael Jackson is said to have broken his nose in 1979 at age 21, and elected to undergo cosmetic surgery as a result. Rhinoplasty served as not only a way to mend Jackson’s nose, but also to alter its size and shape, which he had long been self-conscious of.
It is rumored that his father, Joseph Jackson, was the root cause of this self-consciousness, at least according to the Jackson siblings’ allegations of physical and emotional abuse. In fact, it seems that some of Jackson’s siblings felt equally uncomfortable with their own noses; Sisters Janet and LaToya have undergone obvious alterations to their noses as well.
Michael Jackson’s initial rhinoplasty created subtle, yet natural changes to his nose. As an African American, he exhibited the typical facial characteristics specific to this ethnicity. His nose had a bulbous tip, and the nostrils were fairly wide set. Becoming further fixated on his nose, it appears Jackson was most concerned with his nasal tip.
Subsequent surgeries show changes throughout the feature, though the most noticeable occurred at the tip. Later surgeries showed additional thinning of the nasal bridge and prior to passing away in June of 2009, his nostrils became very narrow and misshapen.
Aside from the evolution of his nose, throughout his adult years, Jackson also began sporting very different hairstyles, shaping his eyebrows, wearing cosmetics, and perhaps undergoing skin lightening treatments. He also underwent a number of other facial plastic surgeries including cheek augmentation, lip reshaping surgery, and the addition of a cleft in his chin.
Jackson’s public appearances closer to the time of his death caused fans and curious supporters to wonder whether or not the singer still had a nose. Seen wearing a facemask and an adhesive bandage over the nose, there was much stipulation as to what the mysterious man was trying to hide.
From Jackson’s entrance into fame at age 5 to his death at age 51, he had behaviorally and physically transformed into an entirely different person. The man’s eccentricity has yet to be outdone.
His Facial Plastic Surgery Obsession
As a society we have seen in Jackson what some might deem one of the greatest facial plastic surgery blunders of our time unfold over a period of years. Jackson was a powerful man, but as great as his transformation was on the outside, it may have merely been a physical manifestation of the mental health issue Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Rhinoplasty patients should feel confident in visiting Dr. Shervin Naderi of The Naderi Center. As a specialist in the field of facial plastic surgery, the doctor has dedicated a large portion of his practice to successfully and naturally altering the nose for both cosmetic and medical purposes.
With offices in Herndon, VA, and Chevy Chase, MD, the board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon serves those in the Washington, DC area as well as patients who travel distances to see him. Call (703) 481-0002 to schedule a consultation in his Virginia office and (301) 222-2020 to reach the Maryland location.