Year after year, rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. It makes sense—the surgery is affordable, it’s highly customizable, and many plastic surgeons specialize in the art of beautifying the nose. In 2011, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that over 120,000 patients underwent rhinoplasty. Despite the commonality of rhinoplasty, there are a number of myths floating around regarding nose surgery. Let’s get the facts straight.
MYTH #1: Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed by any surgeon. This myth is actually true—any licensed physician can legally perform plastic surgery. But it’s ill-advised to undergo treatment by a physician outside of their specialty. The nose is a complicated passageway containing bone, cartilage, part of the olfactory (smelling) system, and other highly important features. Ideally, your rhinoplasty doctor will be a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in rhinoplasty.
MYTH #2: Only women get nose jobs. While women made up 91% of plastic surgery patients in 2011, that doesn’t mean that rhinoplasty is a girls-only procedure. In fact, rhinoplasty was the second most popular plastic surgery for men, right after liposuction. Male rhinoplasty patients often ask to have the bump in their nose taken out, to create a more symmetrical nose, or to narrow a wide nose.
MYTH #3: Rhinoplasty is very painful. Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep throughout the entire procedure. For the next 7 to 10 days you’ll wear a cast on your nose, and you’ll likely feel like you have a bad cold. Compared to breast augmentation or liposuction, the pain associated with rhinoplasty is quite minor. You should feel like your normal self within a couple of weeks.
MYTH #4: Rhinoplasty will make your face look stiff and expressionless. Rhinoplasty will not affect your facial muscles, so you can expect to smile, frown, and show other expressions just as before. During your recovery stage, your plastic surgeon will even place sutures in places that line up with your face’s natural creases. FYI: That “stiff face” look is better associated with overdone injectables like Botox®, which literally freeze muscles.
MYTH #5: Rhinoplasty is only for the wealthy. Unattractive noses aren’t financially exclusive, and neither is rhinoplasty. The rhinoplasty of today is more affordable than ever, thanks to the high demand and convenient financing plans. While you shouldn’t choose a plastic surgery based on price, the prices of rhinoplasty will vary from doctor to doctor. The best way to get price estimates is to visit various plastic surgeons for consultations.
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