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When to Consider Nose Surgery: Pros & Cons

People choose rhinoplasty surgery for a variety of reasons ranging from the medical to the aesthetic

Below are just a few reasons that might factor into the decision to have a nose job:

  • Breathing problems
  • Low self-esteem due to the size, shape, or symmetry of the nose
  • If there is a bump on the bridge of the nose or the tip is drooping
  • Some patients may feel their nose is too big, too wide, or too high
  • The nose is not proportionally equal with the rest of the face

As with any type of cosmetic surgery, there are both pros and cons

Pros and Cons

By doing a bit of homework, however, and having realistic expectations, the benefits often outweigh the drawbacks.

The pros:

  • Better self-esteem – a more aesthetically pleasing and symmetrical appearance can make you feel better about yourself
  • Correction of defects, such as deformity or a deviated septum
  • Better health – breathing easier, sleeping easier, less sinus infections

The cons:

  • Discomfort from surgery
  • Post-op care needs special attention
  • No assurances that it will be exactly what you want or look better than before

Rhinoplasty surgery, like any other surgery, has some risks. Before you have the surgery done, it is important to make sure your doctor knows all the medications and supplements that you are taking as well as any allergies you may have to medications or things like latex, etc. It important that you and your doctor go over all this information. Discuss what you want to have done and what you expect to get out of the procedure. This will give your surgeon a good idea of how they will be able to help you.

Will I get the nose I want with just one surgery?

This question is difficult to answer, as there are many factors involved. If the purpose of the surgery is to fix a defect only, one surgery may be all you need. If you are getting a defect repaired for better breathing as well as to change the appearance of your nose, then you may need more than one surgery. At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will examine your nose to determine what needs to be done to help you get your desired results.

Finding the right doctor

Finding the right doctor for you can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you find the right doctor:

  • Ask for referrals from your family doctor or from your family and friends.
  • Look for someone who has experience in doing the procedure you wish to have performed.
  • When you have your consultation with your doctor, ask to see a portfolio of before and after pictures of previous patients.
  • Ask for recent patients’ references or testimonials.

How long will the results last?

The results of rhinoplasty are long lasting, and for that reason you need to be sure exactly what you want before you have the procedure performed. Be sure to follow up with your surgeon after the surgery at set intervals and follow his post-op care instructions to the letter.

If you need help or have more questions about rhinoplasty, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Torgerson today.

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