Summary: There are plenty of things to think about before your nose job—or before any plastic surgery procedure in general. While we certainly would never claim to have them all covered, we have tried to offer some conversation starters. These are things to think about as a way to get you thinking! What should you think about before your nose job? Let’s find out!
What Should You Think About Before Your Nose Job?
You might have a few things to think about before your nose job. That’s not uncommon. Most people who undergo any kind of plastic surgery are usually counseled in some way, if only to make sure they have a strong grasp of what the procedure will entail. But with rhinoplasty, that’s even more important, if only because the nose is located in an area so vital to human identity: the face.
If you think about it, the face is really the locus of your identity. That’s not to say that body language isn’t responsible for communicating many of your ideas. It only means that your face emotes—a lot. And your nose plays an incredible role in the composition of your face even though it doesn’t really move around on its own too much.
In many ways, your nose is kind of the glue that holds it all together. So there are a few things patients might want to think about before planning their rhinoplasty procedure.
Questions of Composition
One of the foremost questions you should consider before getting a rhinoplasty procedure is one of composition. Here’s what I mean by that. In many instances, rhinoplasty patients have a particular “nose issue” in mind. That is, they want to make the nose bigger or smaller or change the width of the nose. But there are many things to consider when making those changes:
- The overall composition of your face: Will a smaller nose, for example, make your eyes look overly large or your lips look too small? It’s important to consider how one will affect the other.
- The shape of the nose in context: Your face has an overall shape to it. It’s important to consider the shape of the nose in context of the shape of the face. For example, if your face has a lot of hard angles to it, then you probably won’t want a nose that has many soft angles to it.
- Accouterments: If you wear glasses or have other accessories (necessary or not) that hang around your face quite often, you’ll want to make sure that’s discussed with your surgeon. Some patients will actually get a rhinoplasty because they have difficulties with these sort of facial accessories. That’s not necessarily shallow—glasses that don’t stay on your face can be quite infuriating.
In other words, you’ll want to make sure that you think about the ways in which changing your nose will also alter the way the rest of your face is perceived. Often, a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon can help with this particular aspect. Facial plastic surgeons have a great deal of experience helping patients balance the size and shape of the nose with the rest of the face.
In other words, facial plastic surgeons are often able to help you ensure the composition of the face after rhinoplasty is one that you love.
Questions of Recovery
It’s important to make sure that you’re ready for a rhinoplasty procedure before you begin. One thing to make sure of is having your recovery all lined up. In many ways, rhinoplasty recovery can be particularly uncomfortable. Patients are often forced to wear a splint for several days to several weeks—and there potent swelling and bruising are quite common.
That’s why it’s a good idea to ensure that you have your recovery thoroughly planned out. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- You might need some help completing a few basic tasks in the days immediately after your procedure; you should plan on having someone around to help you do just that!
- You may need to take some time off of work following your procedure; not only to rest, but also because many patients want swelling and bruising to reach a certain threshold before they return to work
- You may need to adjust the way you sleep; many rhinoplasty patients are counseled to sleep on their backs during their recovery process in order to protect the results of their procedures.
And finally, it’s important to temper your expectations in terms of seeing your results. In the first days after your procedure, your will experience both swelling and bruising. This will make it difficult for you to see and appreciate your final results. In fact, most patients will need to wait several weeks to several months in order to start seeing the results of the procedure.
That said, rhinoplasty patients are often enamored with those results. For most nose job patients, results are worth the wait! But it’s definitely something you should think about before your nose job.
Questions of Results
Why do you want to change the shape of your nose? And what do you want your nose to look like when the procedure is finished? We’ve talked about how the nose works with the rest of the face, about how the composition of the nose and the face as a whole is important. But it’s also important that you think about how you want your nose to change.
Most patients can easily identify what they don’t particularly like about their noses. Studies have shown that people who get plastic surgery tend to actually have relatively high confidence (on average) and like most everything about themselves—there’s just one or two things they would change.
The same is usually true of the nose. Often, a nose job is capable of changing the following:
- Increasing or decreasing the overall size of the nose
- Increasing or decreasing the volume of certain areas of the nose (such as the bridge)
- Changing the angle of the nose
- Changing the attitude of the nose (the angle of nose tilt from the lips)
- Altering the nose to remove bumps, droops, or blemishes
As you can see, rhinoplasty is quite powerful. But it’s important to know precisely what you’d like your nose to look like when everything is all said and done. It’s a start to know exactly what you want changed. But it’s even better to know what you want it to look like after the change.
Start with Conversations with Your Surgeon
Conversations with your surgeon are often filed under the umbrella of “consultation.” A consultation is that period in which you discuss a wide variety of issues regarding the procedure you’re interested in. It really is a time for you to ask as many questions as possible and for you and your surgeon to consult on the best way forward.
No one is going to know more about you and your desired end result, after all, than your surgeon. So if you want to know more about what to think about before your nose job, talk to a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon. This article (hopefully) gave you a starting place, but a surgeon will be sure to be able to give you plenty of questions to ponder before your rhinoplasty.