Rhinoplasty is largely considered a cosmetic procedure but it can also serve great medical and psychological purposes. It can be used to treat or repair medical conditions such as:
- Nasal fractures;
- Cleft lip and/or palate;
- Inflammatory conditions;
- Neoplasms (tumors);
- Septal hemotomas; and
- Many other injuries, diseases, and conditions.
The recovery time is anywhere from 14 days to two months depending on the procedure used. There are two main types of rhinoplasty which each have their pros and cons. Closed rhinoplasty means that all of the incisions are internal to the nasal tissue. Open rhinoplasty involves an incision in the columella – the fleshy part at the end of the nose between the nostrils – and allow greater access to the internal nasal tissues. It also reduces the risk of damage to the nose by giving the surgeon better access and more freedom. Those with narrower nostrils or flatter protrusions may experience improved results with an open surgery method while those with wider nostrils or a more prominent bridge can often use the closed method with great success.
The Psychological Impact
While every patient’s experience with a nose job will be different, many report a boost in confidence and overall well-being following a rhinoplasty procedure. Positive results from a nose surgery can greatly boost self-confidence, especially when the motivation for undergoing the procedure is due to being uncomfortable with the appearance of your nose.
Having realistic expectations are key to being satisfied and happy with the results of your procedure and most cases of dissatisfaction will be due to unrealistic expectations. Rhinoplasty can improve your physical appearance but it cannot cure depression or a lack of self-esteem. However, there are many studies that have demonstrated the notable emotional and psychological benefits a rhinoplasty procedure can have on patients with the right motivation and expectations.
Most of your peers and family members will likely be supportive of your new look but this is not always the case so it is important to ensure that you know your motivations and desired outcome. Some patients may experience mild feelings of isolation immediately following the procedure as peers, colleagues, family members, and friends adapt to their new look and self-confidence.