On surface value, rhinoplasty is typically employed to correct some obvious flaw or overall dissatisfaction a patient has with his or her nose. Underneath this goal, however, there are often several other factors at play. Rhinoplasty’s potential benefits, as well as some of the risks, usually have a strong emotional component in addition to the physical concerns about the nose. Because of this, a well-performed rhinoplasty can have a number of emotional benefits relating to personal satisfaction and social relations.
Personal View & Societal View for Rhinoplasty Patients
Most people who undergo rhinoplasty have considered the decision for many years. While the majority of plastic surgery patients are middle-aged or older, a large number of rhinoplasty patients are young, in their 20s and 30s. Many patients have suffered years of embarrassment and shame due to real or perceived imperfections in their noses and feel that the surgery will bring them happiness.
Because our society places a strong emphasis on appearance, people often judge others upon first introduction and try to hold them to the societal standards of beauty. Unfortunately, this can lead to excessive anxiety and self-scrutiny. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those who have a realistic body image and understand the implications of the surgery.
Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem of Rhinoplasty Patients
Rhinoplasty can help people who have always been self-conscious about their nose feel better about their overall appearance and gain confidence and improved self-esteem. Many patients report feeling better about themselves after rhinoplasty, even when the changes made to their nose were subtle. Guests at the recent New York Fashion Week got a firsthand glimpse of this change in attitude during the unique “Faces of Beauty” runway show put on by plastic surgeon Dr. Ramtin Kassir and his patients. A writer for Cosmopolitan observed if the models: “The women, especially, walked with supreme confidence.” All of the models participated in the show as volunteers to show off Dr. Kassir’s work. While the show didn’t produce an especially enthusiastic response, the most important aspect of any plastic surgery is how the patient feels following the surgery, and Dr. Kassir’s patients walked with pride. Extra confidence is often a major benefit of rhinoplasty.
Career Effects of Rhinoplasty Patients
In a perfect world, of course, we would not be judged in the workplace based on our appearance. While scrupulous employers do not consciously make decisions based on their employees’ attractiveness, there is often a subconscious process that takes place which can affect workers based on appearance. Plastic surgery, in addition to fixing perceived flaws, can sometimes help an employee advance in the workplace due to a boost in confidence and self-esteem.
Effect on Bullying of Rhinoplasty Patients
Bullying is a major problem these days and often contributes to an increase in younger people seeking plastic surgery. Many children and teens are teased for having large, crooked, or otherwise imperfect noses. Unfortunately, the nose does not finish maturing until the mid to late teens, and should not be operated upon until this time. The decision to allow a teen to undergo rhinoplasty is a very personal decision and should take into account the damaging effects of any bullying and the emotional maturity of the child. Like adults, teens who undergo a successful surgery often see major gains in self-confidence.
When Rhinoplasty Surgery Becomes Destructive
Unfortunately, some patients do not experience the positive emotional benefits of undergoing rhinoplasty, and instead find themselves dissatisfied with the results of their surgery. In many cases, this is due to an unrealistic set of expectations they have about their outcome, causing them to keep going in for more and more revision surgeries to achieve “perfection”.
Healthy Expectations of Rhinoplasty Surgery
Rhinoplasty can produce great improvement in many aesthetic nasal issues, but the surgery cannot work miracles. Nasal surgery will not produce emotional benefits unless the patient is realistic about the limitations of surgery and the type of improvement that can be expected. Patients with this healthy mindset are typically very pleased with their results.
Peer Pressure to Have Rhinoplasty
Many people decide to change the way they look based on societal expectations and the criticism of friends, family, and others. This type of peer pressure can lead to people getting nasal surgery for the wrong reasons. People who succumb to peer pressure often end up regretting their decision to undergo rhinoplasty and find no emotional benefits to the procedure. This is why it is so important to take the time to assess whether a rhinoplasty is what you want, or what someone else wants.
A Positive Outcome of Rhinoplasty
If you are emotionally ready to take the next steps toward the nose you have always wanted, you should ensure you pick a talented surgeon to maximize your chances of success. The outcome of a rhinoplasty is based heavily on your surgeon’s skill and how you care for yourself before and after surgery.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Massachusetts is a true expert in rhinoplasty. It is his surgical passion. For a thorough, one hour evaluation you can contact him via email or by phone in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033).