For some people, plastic surgery presents a way to address breathing and structural problems with the nose. For others, a nose job is an important procedure that can address aesthetic imperfections and boost their self-confidence. Whatever your reasons for considering rhinoplasty surgery it’s worth understanding that it is a surgical procedure that requires a significant investment from you. Having a nose job should only be considered once you have consulted with a plastic surgeon, got a second or third opinion, and are fully aware of the risks. Here are some important considerations to bear in mind when asking the question ‘is nose surgery worth it’.
What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery For?
Rhinoplasty can be undertaken for cosmetic and structural reasons. For patients who want to change the appearance of their nose, a nose job can alter the size, position, symmetry and appearance. A nose job is known technically as rhinoplasty surgery. A septoplasty is performed if you have a bent septum or need to open up blocked nasal passages.
Is Nose Surgery Worth It For My Needs?
Every patient presents differently so there is no objective answer to this question. Nose surgery can help you if
- You want to straighten a crooked nose
- Change the size of your nose, making it smaller or larger
- Address issues with the symmetry of your nose shape (remember that not everyone has a perfectly symmetrical nose, and this is not necessarily a hallmark of aesthetic beauty)
- Change the appearance of the tip of your nose
- Make large nasal openings smaller
- Make a flattened area higher
- Improve the aesthetics of the nose by your upper lip
- Address birth defects
- Do repairs to damages that have resulted from an injury or a congenital birth defect
- Repair damage done by a disease such as cancer
- Improve breathing by repairing a bent or damaged septum
Is Nose Surgery Worth It For Me?
Every patient has different reasons for wanting to undergo the knife to change the appearance of their nose. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your expectations and reasons for plastic surgery at your appointment.
Even if there is something specific you may wish to address, you may find that there are reasons that could make rhinoplasty surgery a high risk or unsuitable procedure.
Some of the considerations that need to be discussed with your surgeon prior to a nose job include
There Is A Limit To What Can Be Done
If you want to change the shape of your nose, remember that your plastic surgeon has to work with what you have. He or she can only work with the bones and cartilage that is present so you will need to have a realistic perception of what can be achieved through plastic surgery beforehand.
Sometimes Immediate Treatment Is Necessary
If you are seeking rhinoplasty surgery to repair the damage caused by a broken nose it’s best to have this dealt with immediately, or as soon as possible after the trauma. If you do not do this, the swelling can mean that you are forced to postpone your surgery by five days while it subsides.
Your Nose Job Will Take Time To Show Results
It can take up to a year for your nose to settle down and for all the swelling to disappear. If you wanted an overnight solution, then a nose job may not be worth it for you.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Isn’t Suitable For Everyone
To be a candidate for a nose job, the bones in your face need to have stopped growing and must be fully mature. For males, this is usually around the age of 17, while girls will need to wait until they are 16. Even so, these are very young ages for surgery and you need to be really certain about any changes you want to make.
You would need to stop smoking if you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, as smoking increases your chances of developing complications and infection.
If you suffer from any of the conditions below, your plastic surgeon may not recommend a nose job:
- If you are a bleeder
- If you have a condition that interferes with your body’s ability to heal itself
- If you are allergic to anesthetic
Is Nose Surgery Worth It? These Are The Risks
All plastic surgery carries some degree of risk and you can only really know if the procedure will be worth it once you have weighed up the risks against the benefits. Some of the more common risks and side effects include
- Heavy bleeding after the operation
- The risk of an infection developing
- Allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
- Bruising, pain and swelling under the eyes and around the nose. While the swelling will disappear incrementally, and most of it will have gone down in the weeks following the procedure it can take up to a year to heal completely.
It is also feasible that you might be completely satisfied after plastic surgery and that you may require revisional surgery. This will only be apparent after about a year.
Are you deliberating “is nose surgery worth it?” It’s always best to get a second opinion from an experienced and qualified professional. Please contact us: (02) 9158 6375.