Before the age of the Internet, it could be very difficult to get information about plastic surgery from people who had already been through the process. On top of that, procedures like rhinoplasty were not as common as they are today, so patients had no choice but to navigate the procedure without a support group…or an audience. Today, however, many people are documenting their rhinoplasty experiences on Instagram, creating a photo “rhinoplasty diary”. Let’s take a look at what that type of diary contains and why these diaries may or may not be useful to people considering the procedure.
The Diary—Before and After
On Instagram, you can share pretty much any kind of photos you want, and there is an audience for nearly every photo collection. The first photos in these “rhinoplasty diaries” are naturally a “before” shot of the nose, and usually an explanation of the goals of the surgery. From there, there may be preparation photos, checklists, and other posts prior to the surgery itself. After the day of the surgery, the most important photos begin: documentation of the nose as it progresses from being in a splint to post-operative bruising and swelling, all the way down to the final results, the much-anticipated “after” shot. While it may seem strange to some that this is a flourishing trend among young women who undergo the procedure, the practice is becoming quite common, with photos sporting hashtags like #rhinoplastydiary.
How They Help People
For some prospective patients, rhinoplasty diaries are a helpful resource for deciding whether or not to pursue the procedure, and for keeping a realistic view of the recovery process, as it can be nerve-wracking to not know what to expect, especially when the results of the procedure take a while to settle. Current patients use the community as a type of support, giving each other tips for staying comfortable and gaining a sense of camaraderie during recovery, which can be a difficult time. Still others use rhinoplasty diaries to just to show off the differences between their old look and their new nose.
Why People Keep Them
While many people view the rhinoplasty process as an intensely private journey, and one they’d like to keep secret if at all possible, others aren’t worried about the implications of sharing their experiences. For some, like Rachael Harman (interviewed by Tech Insider), it was all about the community—getting the courage to go through the procedure, then having a group of people she could call on for advice and support. It’s also a way some people remember a monumental transformation in life.
The Ways in Which Diaries Won’t Help
The rhinoplasty process may include many shared experiences among patients, but it’s still a personal and unique journey that progresses differently for everyone. Patients need to realize that they will not heal in exactly the same way or on the same timeline as others. Due to the custom nature of the procedure, each person’s results will look quite unique, even if the goals of the procedure are similar to another patient’s.
Do Your Research—and Beware of Misinformation
Of course, if you’re considering rhinoplasty, you’ll need to do significant research on the procedure—rhinoplasty is an extremely complex procedure that requires a combination of skill, artistry, and experience to master, and you’ll want as much information as you can get before you start your search for the right surgeon for you.
Just because the Internet is a great tool, that doesn’t mean it is infallible. People can post whatever they want online, but that doesn’t make it true. For many “facts” relating to the procedure, it’s best to check in with an expert before you take a claim seriously.
Choose a Knowledgeable Surgeon
So where can you find expert guidance and great results? Look for a board certified, experienced rhinoplasty expert with excellent ratings from former patients, whose work you admire. Take a look at each doctor’s credentials, education, and before-and-after photos before you schedule a consultation to discuss your goals for rhinoplasty. Your consultations are your opportunity to get to know prospective surgeons and make decisions about your procedure, so you should only meet with your top candidates.
Dr. Shervin Naderi is a well-known rhinoplasty expert, often referred to by other surgeons as “the nose man”. Dr. Naderi focuses nearly 100% of his practice on rhinoplasty, and has helped a wide range of patients reach their goals. For more information, or to schedule a consultation at the Naderi Center, call Dr. Naderi’s offices in Reston, VA (703-481-0002), or Chevy Chase (301-222-2020), MD today.