Summary: Can plastic surgery give you a perfect nose? The procedure in question is usually referred to as rhinoplasty (sometimes called a nose job). And it’s true that a rhinoplasty procedure can make significant changes to the nose. But is that really enough to give you a “perfect” nose? And what does that mean, really?
Can Plastic Surgery Give You a Perfect Nose?
Plastic surgery has become quite common, and one of the most popular procedures is something called rhinoplasty. More commonly known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can alter the size, shape, and orientation of the nose. But can plastic surgery give you a perfect nose? Well, that depends on precisely what you mean by “perfect.”
As with any plastic surgery procedure, there’s going to be some element of individualism involved here. Sometimes a “perfect” result on one patient would look wildly out of place on another. That’s simply the nature of plastic surgery.
Yet, there has been significant research into what, precisely, a “perfect” nose might what look like. What is the perfect size, shape, or angle of the human nose, if such a thing exists? The research itself is largely abstract, but it can have real life consequences (both good and bad) for patients who are really searching for that perfect nose. Can plastic surgery give you a perfect nose? And should you even try for that? Let’s take a look.
How Does Rhinoplasty Work?
Perhaps it might make sense to first discuss how rhinoplasty works in general. Patients who want to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty procedure generally have two options:
- Open rhinoplasty requires a small incision. The skin around the nose is then pulled up and over the nose in order to allow surgeons maximum access and make substantial changes to the nose in a multitude of ways.
- Closed rhinoplasty simply requires a small incision. More moderate changes can be accomplished this way, but it’s a good option for patients who only want to make subtle or smaller changes to the nose.
Closed rhinoplasty will generally heal more quickly than open rhinoplasty. But your desired final results will generally determine which technique will best help you find that nose job transformation you’re after. In general, it will take several months to fully recover from your rhinoplasty procedure, though you could be back at work within a week or two.
Getting the Perfect Nose Via Rhinoplasty
So, can you really get the “perfect” nose by undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure? Well, let’s be clear about one little thing here: there is no such thing as an objectively perfect nose. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Of course, that hasn’t stopped some researchers from trying to pinpoint what the most aesthetically pleasing nose might be.
And, often, this boils down to the degree of angles and proportion of parts. (According to this research, Scarlett Johansson has a perfect nose–take that for whatever it’s worth.) But here’s the thing: your nose has to work with the rest of your face. So what’s “perfect” on one person might not be so perfect on your face.
That’s because, in many ways, the nose is the aesthetic anchor of the face. That’s one of the reasons that rhinoplasty exists in the first place–when the nose is out of proportion with the rest of the face, it often draws too much attention to itself. Patients often want a nose that “blends in” with the rest of their features. In general, what’s considered “perfect” will vary from face to face and patient to patient.
Changes a Rhinoplasty Can Make
The other factor here is that a rhinoplasty can change a lot about the nose. Patients have a lot of options–and those options can make it every tempting to try to achieve the “perfect” nose instead of the nose that works for your face.
During a rhinoplasty, patients might be able to change the:
- Overall size of the nose
- Size of the nose in specific places of the nose (for example, if the patient wants to make the nose bigger or smaller)
- Increase or decrease the size of the nostrils
- Correct a droop or dip in the nose
- In cases of a broken or crooked nose, correcting the overall look of the nose
- Size of the cartilage
The list could continue. But you can clearly see the potential of a rhinoplasty procedure. Can plastic surgery give you a perfect nose? It’s possible. In theory, a surgeon would be able to make all the changes necessary in order to give you a certain nose type.
But what’s more important is that a surgeon focus on giving you the perfect nose for you. Your perfect nose might be substantially different than Scarlett Johansson’s–and that’s okay! To learn more about getting your own perfect nose, contact your local plastic surgeon to schedule a consultation.