Summary: We’re always up for a little myth busting. In this case, we’re looking at rhinoplasty myths and how many of those myths are actually true. Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to change the size or shape of the nose. It’s an incredibly popular procedure that has been used by a wide variety of patients.
Investigating Rhinoplasty Myths
One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures since its inception has been the so-called “nose job.” That might not be terribly surprising if you know something about the nose: not only is it aesthetically central to the proportions and overall look of the face, but it’s also very hard to change. You can’t really change the look of your nose by exercising or changing your diet. In fact, the only way to truly change your nose is with a surgical procedure.
But, as with any popular procedure, rhinoplasty is sometimes misunderstood. In fact, there are many myths floating around about nose job procedures, some of which are a little more true than others. So let’s take a look at some of the more popular rhinoplasty myths and see if they have any basis in reality. As they say in the click bait headlines you find on Facebook, the answer may surprise you.
Myth #1: Getting a Nose Job Can Change Your Voice
There’s a myth out there that a rhinoplasty procedure can change your voice. This myth is, well, true actually. But only a little. Depending on how extensive your rhinoplasty surgery is, the end result can change the way your voice sounds. This typically happens when the actual shape or structure of the nose is changed (that is, with actual changes to the cartilage). Such changes are not the most common way that rhinoplasty is performed, but they are also not uncommon. The reason for the voice change is that your nose acts as a kind of echo chamber for your voice; changing the size or shape of the echo chamber will change the sound of the voice.
Myth #2: Your Nose Job Can Change Your Sense of Taste
Okay, so here’s the thing. This myth is also true. Kind of. Changing your nose can slightly alter your sense of smell. And, as anyone who attended culinary school might know, much of our sense of taste is actually informed by our sense of smell. That’s just how taste works. For example, people with a very dull sense of smell tend to have a muted sense of taste as well. It’s not terribly common, but rhinoplasty can dampen your sense of smell (the reasons why are particularly clear). However, usually this is both minor and fleeting; occasionally, it can be permanent. So this myth is untrue… for most people.
Myth #3: Rhinoplasty Can Take a Year to Recover From
Aha! Finally we come to a myth that… is also true. I was really looking to bust some myths today, but that’s okay. It’s really about getting good information out there! So, when it comes to rhinoplasty, it can take some time. According to the website of the New Jersey rhinoplasty experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, recovery from rhinoplasty can often take anywhere between 6 months and a year. Now, this doesn’t mean you’ll be wearing a splint around your nose for a year (that usually goes away after a week). You’ll be able to resume most normal activities a month or so after your surgery. However, residual swelling (noticeable only to you and your surgeon in most cases) will take between 6 months and a year to diminish.
Okay, so it turned out, I wasn’t all that great at busting these myths. That’s okay. Because, as is the case with some myths, there’s the root of reality in them, a pebble of truth. These myths can be true, but the instances of that truth are few and far between. For most people, rhinoplasty procedures offer the following benefits:
- A straighter, smaller, bigger, or differently shaped nose
- A nose that fits better with the overall shape of the face
- A nose that functions better
- A face that looks more like what the patient’s self-image presents as
And, of course, the list goes on. In other words, there are many benefits to rhinoplasty procedures. The “myths” above represent a very small number of cases, and that’s usually how it is with complications from plastic surgery procedures (the vast majority of which go off without a hitch).
Still, it’s important to talk to your surgeon about possible drawbacks to your rhinoplasty procedure should there be any. The less invasive the procedure, the smaller chance you have of changing your voice or sense of smell (and the faster your recovery will be). But only your surgeon will be able to tell you what options make sense and what will give you the best possible results.