Plastic surgery has soared in popularity over the past few decades. What was once reserved for the wealthy and famous, is now accessible to most American households. With all the rumors that fly around what’s involved in plastic and cosmetic surgery, there’s a lot of misconceptions. Today, we’re going to bust five myths about one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the U.S., the rhinoplasty.
1. Any Plastic Surgeon can Perform Your Rhinoplasty
While, yes, any board-certified plastic surgeon can technically perform a rhinoplasty, not every plastic surgeon has the same skillset. It’s important to research your plastic surgeon and make sure of two things:
- Your surgeon is board-certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Your surgeon specializes in facial cosmetic surgery.
The board-certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery tells you that your surgeon has the necessary qualifications and meets the nation’s standards of experience to safely and effectively perform your rhinoplasty. Choosing a surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery is key to ensuring you will get the results you desire. You’d trust a surgeon who does 20 rhinoplasties a month more than someone who does 2, right?
2. People Only Get a Nose Job to Improve their Appearance
While cosmetic rhinoplasty is popular for patients who are unhappy with the physical appearance of their nose, there are multiple other reasons in which patients choose to have a nose job. Many patients who come in for rhinoplasty have trouble with the functionality of their nose in addition to their nose’s physical appearance. A functional rhinoplasty can be done in conjunction with a cosmetic rhinoplasty for patients who experience trouble breathing through their nose due to nasal blockages or a deviated septum.
3. Rhinoplasty is Painful
Contrary to popular belief, the recovery period for rhinoplasty is fairly quick and painless. While it is normal to experience swelling and bruising around your nose and eyes, prescription pain medication keeps most of your discomfort at bay. In just one week following your rhinoplasty, your cast will be removed and your bruises should subside. Patients report little discomfort following their procedure, and whatever discomfort they do feel typically fades within a few short days.
4. Everyone Will Notice You Had Work Done
Plastic surgery techniques have come a long way over the years. The days of having a plastic or molded-looking nose are gone. Dr. Vu understands that everyone has different facial proportions and facial features. The goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to make your nose complement your natural features while looking as similar to your current nose as possible. This will provide a subtle change that no one will be able to point out from across the room.
5. Rhinoplasty can do the Impossible
This is probably the most wide-spread misconception our patients have when coming in for a consultation. Many people are under the impression that cosmetic surgery can fix any and every problem they have with their nose, and that their nose can be remolded to be identical to a picture they have on their phone. Dr. Vu works meticulously to keep the structural integrity and functionality of your nose while providing your desired results. It’s important you stay realistic about the expectations you have for your nose job.
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty and how you can benefit from a nose job, contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vu. He’ll sit down with you, listen to your concerns and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.