Many people express a desire to get a nose job. With rhinoplasty being one of the leading cosmetic surgery procedures, there is much to talk about. First, patients should understand that, while the term cosmetic surgery is often used, there is no clinical distinction for this practice. The doctor who is qualified to perform a nose job is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Steitz not only completed a distinguished Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship program at the University of Illinois – Chicago but also studied under world-renowned rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Dean Toriumi. Second, patients need to know that there are multiple aspects of a nose job that must be understood to set realistic expectations. We’ll discuss those here.
#1. There is no such thing as perfect. When you look at the noses of celebrities and models, you may beg to differ on this point. Many patients interested in changing their noses come into the office with an idea of who they’d like to look like. The problem with this is that the “perfect” nose is one feature on a unique face. The best that rhinoplasty can get is to shape the nose so it fits the patient’s face as well as it can. In so doing, a good nose job comes as close to perfection as it can get.
#2. Disappointment is imminent. Rhinoplasty patients typically have a follow-up visit with the surgeon soon after their procedure. This may be the next day or sometime within the first week of recovery. When the dressings are removed to observe the healing nose, patients get the first glimpse of their new look. Except that what they see is swelling, bruising, and maybe even some scabs. These side effects may spread to the eye and cheek area and even to the lips. It is necessary to be prepared for this to avoid the chance of second-guessing the decision to undergo surgery. Rest assured, the swelling and bruising will disappear in time and a beautiful new nose will be revealed.
#3. Things may change. Patients expect their nose to change after rhinoplasty. That’s the whole point. What they may not be prepared for are changes to their voice or their breathing. Usually, these are subtle and not a problem at all. People who rely on their voice for their occupation may think more carefully about having changes made to their nose, though.
#4. Changes may not be noticed. When a person is unhappy with the appearance of their nose, they can often express exactly what it is that they don’t like. After rhinoplasty, the improvements that are achieved can feel life-changing. A person may feel like a whole new and improved version of themselves. When other people don’t notice these improvements, it can be a bit of a let-down. Remember, if you want a nose job, you’re doing it for you and only you. If others don’t seem quite as impressed as you are, feel free to dish out your own compliments every time you look in the mirror!
Now is a great time to get the nose you’ve always wanted. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Steitz, call our St. Louis office at 314.475.3700.