Breaking the Stigma: How Rhinoplasty Reshapes Lives (and Noses)
Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose. The nose is one of the most defining and striking features of the human face. After all, the saying that noses add character is very common, with people pointing out that celebrities often have “strong” noses. However, despite weaving such a narrative around the impact of noses on facial aesthetics, nose jobs continue being stigmatised.
Cosmetic surgery has always been under scrutiny for perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards. However, the aesthetic appeal of facial symmetry is also a reality that we cannot ignore. Breaking the stigma around nose jobs helps people feel more comfortable changing their noses as desired. Additionally, a nose job can also fix a deviated septum,improving the breathing and function of nose.
How to Break the Stigma Surrounding Rhinoplasty
The only way to truly dispel myths and de-stigmatise nose jobs is through education. Sharing accurate information about the current state of nose jobs is essential to alleviate apprehension. This alleviation begins with understanding the patients and why they choose to undergo the procedure.
While the surgery relates to the nose, it is highly versatile and can correct a host of nose-related deformities. These include:
- Bent nose after a fracture
- Broad or blunt nose
- Round and bulbous nose
- Snoring while sleeping
- Deviated septum and associated breathing problems
- Dorsal humps
- Nostril asymmetry
- Pinched or flared nostrils
- Saddle noses
It is noteworthy that rhinoplasty does not cause breathing problems. Instead, as mentioned above, it can solve breathing problems by correcting a deviated septum. The septum is the strip of cartilage inside the nose, separating the nostrils. When deviated, it can cause difficulty in breathing, which a nose job can correct.
Understanding Why People Get Nose Jobs
A nose job can improve the nose’s shape, size, and symmetry, making it more proportionate to the rest of the face. A nose that is too large, small, wide, or oddly protrudes can be corrected through this procedure. The result is a fully functioning, aesthetic nose that can greatly boost the patient’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
The latter is the real reason to continue supporting nose jobs. The job of a cosmetic procedure is to help the person see themselves as beautiful. If this involves a slimmer nose with a rotated tip pointing up, that is what rhinoplasty aims for.
Surgeons always strive for natural-looking results that still meet patient expectations. They understand how much confidence a patient gets when they like what they see in the mirror. Therefore, this becomes the aim of the best nose jobs. Choosing the right surgeon is an important aspect of getting a nose job – if your surgeon removes too much tissue or cartilage, this can compromise the results.
Getting it right on the first try requires a surgeon who understands your needs. However, they also need to have the right technique. This brings us to the procedure for a nose job.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The nose job surgery happens under general anaesthesia. Expert surgeons perform open nose surgery where they make an incision along the columella – the strip of skin and cartilage between the nostrils, i.e. the most anteroinferior position of the nasal septum. As you can imagine, this is a tiny incision, becoming completely inconspicuous as the scar heals.
The incision allows access to the nose and nasal structures, and your surgeon sculpts the bone, tissue and cartilage. During rhinoplasty, they may also perform a septoplasty, where they correct the deviated septum. When you choose an expert surgeon with high-quality infrastructure, you also encounter ultrasonic bone surgery with a Piezotome, i.e. piezosurgery.
Piezosurgery is a highly precise bone-targeting technology that makes bone cuts and corrects various irregularities without affecting any underlying structures. It is entirely safe while delivering desirable results. Your surgeon may also use fat grafts or fillers, depending on your aesthetic needs.
Recovery After Rhinoplasty
The patient can usually go home in the evening after their surgery or the next morning if they have more discomfort. They can resume their normal activities from the next day. Other staples of the recovery timeline include:
- For the first 24 hours, you need to keep nasal packs inside your nostrils, forcing you to breathe through your mouth.
- You will need a nasal splint on your dorsum for 7 days.
- The nasal patch you wear on your upper lip requires changing multiple times in a day.
- You need to wait at least a month before working out again – always consult with your surgeon before making such decisions.
- The swelling and bruising around your nose and eyes gradually disappear over 8-10 months, as the results keep improving.
Your nose settles into its new shape as your results improve, and your face becomes more proportionate. The nose job remains one of the most delicate and difficult facial surgeries. After all, the difference between the old and new nose may just be a few millimetres or angular degrees. Therefore, having a plastic surgeon in Gurgaon who understands the nuances of the procedure is essential before going under the knife.
Only by discussing the procedure and recovery in this frank manner can the stigma be broken. We need to understand why patients want to undergo a nose job and support them. It is still a surgery and can be a scary experience, even if they agree that the pros outweigh the cons. Therefore, they need the support of the people around them.
Considering the mental health and self-confidence boost a nose job can provide, alongside how safe it is today, we need to break the stigma so patients can avail of this procedure and feel comfortable in their bodies.
As a gold-medallist plastic surgeon in Gurgaon, Dr Priya Bansal understands patients’ apprehension about this procedure. Luckily, with the state-of-the-art technology at RG Aesthetics, she can deliver stunning results from completely safe procedures at transparent prices for every patient!
Dr Priya Bansal
Board-certified plastic surgeon
Dr Priya Bansal is a gold medalist plastic and cosmetic surgeon with a Plastic Surgery degree from Maulana Azad Medical College and 11+ years of experience in plastic surgery. She specialises in high-def liposuction, mommy makeover, tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift and breast procedures for body contouring and sculpting.