Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in Australia. Tens of thousands of patients undergo the surgery each year, and modern techniques have transformed the nose job. Today, the results are more natural, the pain has been reduced, and the costs have remained attainable.
Yet, for such a common procedure, rhinoplasty surgery is widely misunderstood.
In fact, a number of myths have popped up in recent years regarding the procedure and what it entails. Many of these myths are far from the truth, and they can create the wrong impression for people considering the surgery. We want to debunk the most common myths and help interested patients separate fact from fiction. Here are some of the most common myths:
1. Results Are Obvious
The majority of patients who consider rhinoplasty surgery are sceptical of the results. Many believe the nose job will be glaringly obvious and look “plastic.” That’s a myth. A skilled plastic surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty can deliver results that are natural looking and that match the shape and features of your face.
2. Scars Are Visible
Scars on the face are a fear for many patients considering plastic surgery, but the the truth is, with rhinoplasty, scars are non-existent or barely noticeable. An experienced surgeon knows how to hide incision scars, either inside the nose or within wrinkles and folds around the nose. Plus, skilled surgeons also use modern equipment and have precise skills, resulting in greatly reduced tissue trauma. These modern techniques help to keep scaring to a minimum.
3. Any Nose Is Possible
You might think that you can point to a nose in a magazine and have your plastic surgeon create it on your face. But rhinoplasty is not that simple. Facial cosmetic surgeons are artists. They carefully create a nasal structure that matches the rest of the patient’s facial features, with the end result of achieving harmony. A nose that doesn’t match your facial structure will result in “plastic” looking results.
4. Recovery Is Long and Painful
Recovering from rhinoplasty surgery isn’t easy, but the pain is manageable and short-term. Post-surgery patients may experience congestion, bruising and bleeding, as the wounds heal. Yet, swelling typically subsides within the first week and many patients can return to work in 7 to 10 days.
5. Any Plastic Surgeon Can Do It
Facial plastic surgery is highly complex and takes many years of training to master. Not every plastic surgeon specialises in rhinoplasty. For example, some specialise in breast augmentation and may have very little experience with rhinoplasty. To ensure best results, choose a surgeon who has performed rhinoplasty many times and has advanced knowledge and training in modern rhinoplasty technique.
6. You Will Need a “Tune-Up” in the Future
Many patients considering rhinoplasty believe the results will last short periods of time and will need to be revised after a certain period of time. On the contrary, rhinoplasty is designed to provide long-lasting, life-long results. Following the surgery, the cartilage in your nose will bond and harden, essentially fusing into a natural position. In fact, a proper nose job can last a lifetime.
Dr Michael Zacharia is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Head and Neck (Otolaryngology) and specialises in Facial Plastic Surgery. He is also an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist surgeon. Combining the latest medical, surgical and health techniques, Dr Zacharia delivers the best outcome for each and every one of his patients.