When it comes to facial symmetry and beauty, nasal shape, size, and proportions play an important role. Having a nose that is obviously larger and not matching the rest of the face makes many people unhappy—especially when they see themselves in selfies or catch a glimpse of their profile in the mirror. So what can you do if you don’t like your nose? In Philadelphia, a nose job (technically known as a rhinoplasty) is frequently chosen by patients who are hoping to change the size, projection, or other aspects of this feature to achieve their desired look. While just about everyone knows that the surgery can make a large nose smaller, here are some lesser-known facts about rhinoplasty:
1. It Takes Time to See the Final Results
Many patients will notice some changes right away after their surgery—but don’t be dismayed if your nose is swollen for quite a while as it continues to heal following the procedure. Swelling and bruising can persist for six months to a year after, so patience is key.
2. Nose Surgery Can Also Address Medical Problems
Rhinoplasty isn’t just for aesthetic concerns. Nasal surgery can also improve the function of the nose. A procedure to change the appearance of the nose can also correct related nasal obstructions such as a deviated septum or nasal valve collapse.
3. No, Your Voice Won’t Change
Some people believe that changes to the nasal cavity will affect their voice. This was the reason that Barbra Streisand opted not to get a rhinoplasty—because of a concern of a change in her singing voice. Certain patients may have increased resonance and improved breathing after surgery. However, most people won’t notice or be bothered by any very minor vocal changes.
4. The First Nose Jobs Happened Thousands of Years Ago
An ancient Indian physician known as Sushruta is believed to have pioneered this procedure during the sixth century B.C.
5. Techniques Have Evolved
While earlier techniques involved sometimes involve significant removal of tissue, many surgeons now take a structural rather than reductive approach, which can create a more predictable outcome. Remember: Nose surgery is about creating a nose that better fits your own facial proportions, not merely reducing its size.
6. Trends Are Changing
Today’s nose job patients are frequently more open to embracing their natural features and unique qualities. Refinement, as opposed to more dramatic alteration is the goal.
Talk to the team at Dr. Timothy Greco’s plastic surgery practice serving Philadelphia and the surrounding areas to discover more about what’s possible with a nose job. We provide facial cosmetic surgery, minimally invasive procedures, and more. Call us at (610) 664-8830 to get started or write to request for a free consultation.