Though one of the most well-known plastic surgeries, rhinoplasty — aka a “nose job” — is the subject of many myths and untruths. If you are thinking about getting a nose job, it’s a good idea to do some research to separate fact from fiction to help you decide if rhinoplasty could be right for you. Consider these interesting rhinoplasty facts that you likely never heard before!
1. Rhinoplasty Is One of the Most Complex Plastic Surgeries
Nearly any plastic surgeon will tell you that rhinoplasty is regarded as one of, if not the most complex and intricate plastic surgeries to perform. Even seemingly very small changes to the shape or function of your nose require an immense attention to detail, vast knowledge of nasal anatomy, extensive technical skill and, of course, an artistic eye.
As with anything, the more rhinoplasties that a plastic surgeon has performed, the more refined and seamless the results become. For this reason, it is vital that you choose a seasoned plastic surgeon for your procedure who has quite a few nose jobs under his or her belt, so to speak.
Bear in mind that not all plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty at all — some focus on breast and body procedures. This is a detail that you will want to find out online prior to selecting a plastic surgeon and scheduling your nose job consultation. Look through rhinoplasty before and after photos to get a sense of the quality of results you can expect from a particular plastic surgeon.
2. Rhinoplasty Is Customizable
Nose jobs are far from a “one size fits all” procedure. A good plastic surgeon will go to great lengths to custom-tailor your procedure to fit your specific needs and goals, as well as match your natural facial features and proportions to create a seamless, natural final look.
Another little-known nose job fact is that these procedures are not always just about looks — many people choose to get a nose job to correct an anatomical concern that may be causing a medical issue. For example, a deviated septum can cause breathing difficulty and sleeping problems, and rhinoplasty can correct this.
Some people have both medical and cosmetic concerns that they wish to address simultaneously through rhinoplasty. An experienced plastic surgeon should be able to take into account both of these important needs.
3. Winter Is the Most Popular Time to Get a Nose Job
The colder winter months are generally more ideal for nose job recovery than the summertime, since cooler weather tends to constrict blood vessels, thus reducing swelling in your nose.
Additionally, many people have built up vacation time to use at the end of the year, making it easy to fit some downtime into their otherwise busy schedules. That said, the nose job recovery period is shorter than many people realize. Most people resume work and other daily activities just two weeks after their rhinoplasty procedure.
Though results can take a year or more to fully develop, a wintertime nose job can set you up perfectly to enjoy your new look in time for spring break and summer vacation.
Waleed Ezzat, M.D., F.A.C.S. is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. He operates under the philosophy that natural beauty is the best kind of beauty. Dr. Ezzat addresses each aesthetic or reconstructive challenge by considering the whole facial anatomy rather than focusing on one isolated area. This comprehensive approach maintains a goal of fully functional and natural-looking results that fit perfectly within each individual’s unique genetic makeup.