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8 Popular Myths About Rhinoplasty

Posted June 20, 2016 in Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Before and AfterA “nose job” has long been one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Therefore, it is little wonder that discussions about rhinoplasty have led to the spreading of many popular rhinoplasty “facts” that are actually myths. Here is the truth about 8 popular rhinoplasty myths.

1. Rhinoplasty always looks fake.

Rhinoplasty doesn’t necessarily produce a fake-looking nose. A good surgeon will make your nose look better yet natural. A nose job may make your nose look “fake” if the procedure is performed by an underqualified surgeon using poor technique. However, if you carefully select your surgeon and trust his or her expertise and ability to improve the appearance of your nose, the results can look quite natural and attractive.

2. Rhinoplasty will affect your sense of smell.

This myth came about because rhinoplasty may temporarily affect your sense of smell and taste. The key word is “temporarily,” as this refers only to the three to six weeks after recovery when the nasal tissues are the most swollen. As your nose heals, your sense of smell and taste should return to normal.

3. I can have any nose I want with rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty does not magically recreate any nose. Some rhinoplasty candidates don’t realize that due to anatomical realities, it may be impossible to achieve certain results. In fact, unrealistic expectations, if they could be realized, would most likely make your nose look unnatural and fake. The best way to approach rhinoplasty is to seek for ways to improve your nose so that it will look balanced and attractive with the rest of your facial features.

4. People who get nose surgery are vain.

Vanity is everywhere, but not every person who gets nose surgery is vain. Some have congenital deformities or nasal injuries they are seeking to correct. Others are self-conscious because of a large nose or bulbous nasal tip or other cosmetic concern. If you desire nose surgery because you would like to correct a deformity, injury, or cosmetic issue that negatively affects your self-esteem, you are anything but vain.

5. Rhinoplasty is painful.

Blissfully, modern medicine can minimize and prevent pain. Anesthesia during the procedure and pain medications taken during recovery can stop any pain and make the transition and recovery much more manageable.

6. Only women get rhinoplasty.

Plenty of men undergo rhinoplasty. In fact, nose surgery was one of the top five plastic surgery procedures for men in 2015.

7. Rhinoplasty leaves obvious scars.

Unlike many other surgeries, rhinoplasty does not leave obvious scarring. Patients who undergo a closed rhinoplasty will have no scarring at all. Those who undergo an open rhinoplasty will have only a small and inconspicuous scar right at the base of the narrow strip of tissue between the nostrils.

8. Any plastic surgeon can perform rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is incredibly difficult and takes a meticulous, practiced hand. Do not approach just any plastic surgeon about rhinoplasty, but look for a well-known and well-respected rhinoplasty surgeon because he or she will have the skills and experience to achieve the best results.

Nose surgery can make your nose look more naturally attractive and well-balanced with your facial features. Dr. Todd B. Koch is a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To schedule your consultation for rhinoplasty with Dr. Koch, fill out our online contact form or call us at (716) 631-1220 today.