The psychological impact of having rhinoplasty is not something easily underestimated; almost everyone looking at themselves in the mirror will find something wrong, however minor, with the appearance of their nose.
The good news is that most problems can be easily corrected with a relatively simple surgical procedure. Furthermore, corrections not only improve aesthetics or even function but often lead to a boost in self-confidence as well. The bad news – at least for anxious parents – is that there is a worrying trend toward opting for surgery at ever earlier ages.
While there are procedures which are better left until later in life, breast augmentation for instance, most board certified surgeons will perform rhinoplasty on girls as young as 15, and boys at around 17-18. The feeling is that, as long as the body has reached physical maturity and that the patient is emotionally and psychologically stable, then they are ‘ready’ for a nose job.
Take actress Lisa Kudrow, for example. Now aged 50, she recently came out about the surgery that she had performed when she was just 16. Speaking with the Saturday Evening Post, she revealed that she did this to increase her own self-esteem.
“I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous,” she said. ”I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn’t know how hideous I looked before.”
This highlights a few interesting points. For example, a lot of people worry about whether to tell others that they have had a nose job. That seems to go double for celebrities, who are forever claiming that they have had rhinoplasty for solid, medical reasons (i.e. to correct a deviated septum preventing them from breathing properly) rather than admit that it was done for aesthetic reasons alone.
Why Choosing the Right Time is Important
Looking at the before and after photos of Dr. Naderi’s patients, as well as Lisa Kudrow’s high school yearbook photo compared with her face today, there are plenty of cases where the obvious skill of the surgeon has made maximum impact with restrained surgical intervention.
Even so, Lisa Kudrow decided that the best time for her to have the surgery was when she was leaving behind one set of people who knew her and joining another. For those sensitive to the comments of others, and who want to leave their old self behind, this is probably a plan worth considering.
For others, the best time might come naturally after a relationship (even a marriage) has come to an end, and there is the psychological desire (or need) for complete change for the better. Given that the nose has so much to do with the way our faces appear to others, it’s little wonder that a nose job becomes the surgery of choice for those embarking on, or just wishing to embark on, a new phase in their lives.
The confidence that the new look confers is also vital. For those with a nose that they are uncomfortable with, there is the nagging suspicion that the nose is all that others see. Fixing that, even slightly, has the result that the patient receives a confidence boost once the bandages come off.
The bandages are another reason to choose the timing wisely, especially if you don’t want to give the game away. Dr. Naderi’s skills are such that, if you didn’t know, you’d never guess that his patients have had surgery. Indeed, his attention to ethnic details are such that one imagines that it would be quite possible to go on vacation, have a nose job, and come back healed with peers knowing that you looked better but being unable to say why!
It can be as subtle as restoring the symmetry of the face by resizing the nostrils. The end effect is that the balance of facial features is redressed to something widely accepted as being natural. The same goes for other changes such as removing bumps, or changing the position at which the top of the nose connects with the forehead.
Of course, to make it fit with your facial features, it takes skill. Dr. Naderi has a background in facial cosmetic surgery, and is board certified in both facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology. This unique mix gives him an unsurpassed appreciation of the aesthetics behind each case, something that will be evident from the first consultation.
Even if you just want a small change, or are in two minds, it is well worth making time to discuss the options with such a skilled surgeon. Dr. Naderi uses stat-of-the-art computer imaging to show you how great the end effect could be, so that you can have complete confidence that you will emerge from the surgery looking your absolute best.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and plastic surgery, as well as non-invasive procedures such as fillers, please contact the Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.