For many people, the nose is a source of embarrassment or discomfort for a myriad of reasons. Fortunately, cosmetic nasal surgery is an ancient art that has been performed for centuries, and is now a safe and effective modern procedure. There are many reasons to consider rhinoplasty (commonly known as a “nose job”), but not all of these are good reasons to consider major surgery. Read on to see if your reasons for considering rhinoplasty make you a good candidate.
Reason #1: You have always hated your nose
If you have disliked the appearance of your nose since childhood, then you have had ample time to think about what you do not like about your nose and how you would like it to be fixed. Rhinoplasty is not a decision to be taken lightly, and if you have just started noticing problems with your nose, you may want to take some time to think about how major the problem is before you seek treatment.
Reason #2: You have a deviated septum or other breathing issue
Functional rhinoplasty is one of the main reasons people undergo nasal surgery. Rhinoplasty can help alleviate breathing problems caused by deformities such as deviated septum (a very common issue), enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, nasal collapse, sleep apnea, and more. Often, functional rhinoplasty is combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty, as it is convenient to fix all problems at once. Bear in mind that while insurance might cover functional rhinoplasty, any cosmetic changes will need to be paid for out of pocket.
Reason #3: You want nasal reconstruction
If you experienced a nasal injury such as a broken nose that did not heal properly, rhinoplasty could be a great option for restoring the aesthetics and functionality of your nose. Reconstructive rhinoplasty can boost confidence and help you breathe better. Results depend on how severe and complicated the damage to your nose was, but a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon can produce great results. Sometimes, insurance will pay for this type of reconstructive surgery, but you can’t always count on coverage.
Reason #4: You want improvement, not perfection
If you seek rhinoplasty in order to attain the “perfect” nose, then you are probably going to be in for disappointment after surgery. Rhinoplasty can produce truly amazing results, but it can’t satisfy unrealistic expectations. If you are looking for significant improvement, however, you are probably a great candidate for rhinoplasty and will likely be pleased with your results.
Reason #5: You want a nose that improves your facial balance and fits your face
As a major facial feature, the nose can influence the overall look of the face. If you are interested in making your nose bigger, smaller, straighter, etc. for the purposes of facial balance, then you are on the right track of realizing how rhinoplasty can affect how you look. While some people want to get a nose that looks like a particular celebrity, it is best to go for a custom look that fits your face and complements your features.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Aside from the tangible benefits that a new nose can provide, including improved breathing and various aesthetic gains, there are also some emotional benefits to a successful surgery. Most people find they have more confidence and self-esteem when not burdened by the embarrassment of a nasal deformity or other aspect they do not like. These benefits are highly personal and one of the main reasons people seek to change their noses with rhinoplasty.
Next Steps towards a new nose
If you are considering rhinoplasty for one or more of the reasons discussed above, then you may want to start setting up consultations with qualified rhinoplasty specialists. You’ll get an opportunity to assess your candidacy for the procedure, ask questions, and get to know potential surgeons. Make sure to come prepared with a list of questions and concerns, and do not shy away from a surgeon just because he or she requires a fee for a consultation. Many top surgeons must charge this fee due to the volume of business they receive, and you will want to find the surgeon that is right for you, not merely the cheapest. It is important to speak with a few surgeons before you make your decision.
Finding Potential Rhinoplasty Surgeons
Finding the right surgeon can be the most difficult aspect of rhinoplasty surgery. You will want to do a great deal of research on the specialists in your area, paying careful attention to factors such as:
- Board certification
- Rhinoplasty experience & interest
- Testimonials & reviews
- Surgical facilities
- Before & after photos
Dr. Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033) MA, offers top-notch rhinoplasty services using his skills honed over decades of dedication to the art of rhinoplasty. Dr. Bentkover is board certified in both facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat medicine. If you are looking for experienced, compassionate care in the Boston area, call or visit Dr. Bentkover’s website to schedule your consultation.