Rhinoplasty, most commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a highly sought-after procedure in facial plastic surgery. Since the nose is the most central and prominent feature on your face, it makes sense why it can also be the biggest source of concern or embarrassment for certain individuals. The nose can be considered unsightly when it is too large or out of proportion from the rest of the face. In addition, a nose that is not symmetrical, too flat or too humped can also distract from one’s overall beauty. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can help. It is a highly-sophisticated procedure that can improve the size of your nose, enhance its shape, correct symmetry or even repair functional problems that impact breathing.
Choosing rhinoplasty is not a decision to be rushed or taken lightly. Just like any other plastic surgery procedure, it is important to do your research beforehand so that you can feel confident with your choice to have rhinoplasty. To help, here are some common nose job myths to be aware of before you proceed:
#1 Making one change to the nose is simple.
In reality, rhinoplasty is voted the most complex and challenging operation in all of plastic surgery. Not only must the nose be in balance and proportion with the face, but each section of the nose must be harmonious with the rest of the nose. For example, removing a bump on the bridge of the nose may also require altering the tip of the nose so that it does not appear too protruding. A rhinoplasty surgeon must be skilled and highly attentive to details while maintaining a keen understanding of facial harmony.
#2 Rhinoplasty is often covered by insurance.
As a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is typically not covered by medical insurance. However, if your nose job will correct a functional component of your nose, it may be partially covered by your plan. This may be the case if your nose job will involve repairing a deviated septum that limits your breathing.
#3 Nose jobs are obvious.
Unfortunately, rhinoplasty can be performed poorly and thus appear very unnatural or “over-done.” However, modern techniques and a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon is careful to make subtle changes to the nose that directs people’s attention to the person’s eyes, smile, hair and skin rather than their nose.
#4 Rhinoplasty can create any celebrity nose.
Realistic expectations are especially important when considering a nose job. Since each individual face is different in size and shape, not all “celebrity noses” will look good or even be achievable on certain faces. While an improved appearance can be expected with rhinoplasty, your goals for your nose must fit your face, persona, ethnicity and other unique distinctions that you may have.
#5 Nose jobs have to be re-done in the future.
While it may not always happen, revision surgery is not an expectation. When performed correctly, rhinoplasty should be a one-time procedure with “built for life” results. If revision rhinoplasty is necessary, it is extremely important that you choose a surgeon that is equipped for the task, as it can be equally complex and challenging as a primary rhinoplasty.
Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Nose Job
Just like you would not want a general contractor doing complicated plumbing or electrical work, you don’t want a general surgeon performing your rhinoplasty. It should be performed by someone who is specifically trained in rhinoplasty and one that understands the aesthetics of the nose and face, as well as the functional components of this complex feature.
If you live in the Orlando area, please contact one of the finest rhinoplasty surgeons in your area. Dr. Kenrick Spence of Hillcrest Plastic Surgery is exceedingly qualified to perform your nose job. Start by scheduling a thorough consultation with us today.