Myth: Plastic surgery is purely cosmetic. Fact: It’s not. I’m not sure exactly how this misconception started but it’s simply not the case. Plastic surgery has the ability to dramatically change a person’s life for the better. For the woman who beat breast cancer and chooses to rebuild her breast with breast reconstruction to the man who fears taking off his shirt because of his man-boobs and chooses breast reduction – is it fair to judge the motivations of a person choosing to do something that will genuinely make them happy? As a double-board certified plastic surgeon having had the fortune to work with Atlanta-area patients for over 22 years, the motivations are endless but the absence of judgment remains the same. Today I wanted to share some of the top reasons my patients choose rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, in hopes that it’ll inspire anyone considering this procedure to find common ground with previous patients of mine.
I hear a lot of discussions in the media about this celebrity getting cosmetic injections or that celebrity getting body contouring and facial plastic surgery. I’m not one to preach (I prefer to think of it as teach), but why does it matter? Just because we have lumped breast and body procedures into the category of plastic surgery doesn’t mean it’s purely cosmetic. Rhinoplasty patients can fall into two categories: cosmetic rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty. Let’s start with reasons to consider rhinoplasty:
- You’re unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of your nose
- Your nose does not proportionately fit your face (meaning it’s too big or too small in relation to your overall profile)
- You have breathing issues related to a deviated septum
- Your nose is crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment due to trauma
- You have a birth defect
- You simply want to improve the nose you already have
The face is such a prominent feature and the nose, eyes, and mouth tend to be some of the first things we notice about one another. It’s not like you can go through life covering your face with a bag just because you’re unhappy with the way you look, so rhinoplasty is a great way to address the biggest concerns plaguing patients. Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, smooths bumps on the bridge, enhances the angles of the contours, and can reduce enlarged tips when performed by a doctor who understands the finesse required for such a delicate procedure. Depending on your reasoning for electing to have a nose job, there are several techniques that are used but the end result is to improve what you already have.
For some patients this means wanting to look in a mirror and feel their nose isn’t the most noticeable feature of their face. For other patients it’s wanting to have the ability to breathe clearly for the first time in their life or to reduce the memory of an injury to the face. In the final results, your rhinoplasty results should best fit your face and look as natural as if you were born that way. We’re not going for overdone in our practice, we’re going for improved. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, don’t hesitate to send us a message, reach out by telephone, or connect with us on social media to get the conversation started. I’m here to listen to your concerns and help you get there; it’s a decision that is completely up to you and should lift your spirits in a way you may not have known possible.