Rhinoplasties are consistently among the top ten most-performed cosmetic procedures in the United States. Their prevalence means that many people have heard rumors or stories about friends, acquaintances or celebrities who have had these surgeries, and have formed ideas and opinions about what the process will be like. At the Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, we want our clients to know the facts — we know they empower you to make the right decision about your procedure. These are a few of the most common misconceptions about rhinoplasties and the truth behind each of them.
1. Rhinoplasty will drastically change your appearance.
Rhinoplasty has a reputation for being a very obvious surgery, likely because it is one that affects a central point on the face. Additionally, a poorly performed rhinoplasty can be very noticeable — the nose may look disproportionately small, thin or pinched. However, rhinoplasties can be very drastic or hardly noticeable depending on each client’s needs and goals. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, your new nose will naturally complement your facial features without standing out. Also, some rhinoplasties do not affect the appearance of the nose at all — nose surgeries can also address internal nasal concerns, like a deviated septum or other structural problems that cause breathing difficulties.
2. Rhinoplasty is very expensive.
Cosmetic nose surgeries vary in cost based on your surgeon, geographic location and the extent of each client’s surgical needs. And while many rhinoplasties are purely cosmetic and are not covered by health insurance, if your rhinoplasty is intended to treat a breathing problem then you may find the cost significantly reduced. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty but are concerned about the expenses, you should talk to your doctor or plastic surgeon. They can inform you of your options and resources for finding insurance coverage or otherwise keeping the costs down.
3. Rhinoplasty can make your nose look any way you want.
Many rhinoplasty clients have an ideal nose in mind — a celebrity’s nose, or a shape they prefer on others. However, nose surgeries are delicate procedures that require the trained eye of an artist. That artist is your plastic surgeon, who will design your new nose to create balance and symmetry. Your favorite kind of nose may be the wrong shape for your face or your nose’s existing structure. We encourage our clients to focus on the aspects of their nose that they want to change rather than having a final shape in mind. Your Advanced Aesthetics surgeon will work with you to create a nose that meets your goals and works with your existing features.
4. Any plastic surgeon can perform a rhinoplasty.
It is technically accurate that any board-certified plastic surgeon is permitted to perform a rhinoplasty. However, plastic surgeons tend to specialize in different procedures and parts of the body. To ensure your results look natural and aesthetically pleasing, you should always seek a surgeon with a specialty in performing the procedure you are undergoing. You should also ask your surgeon about their particular experience during your consultation. At Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, our team consists of surgeons who are experts in a variety of procedures, ensuring that we have someone on our staff who can give you the best possible results whether you choose us for a rhinoplasty or a tummy tuck. To learn more about our surgical team and the rhinoplasty services we provide at our Atlanta-area locations, contact us today at 770-461-4000 to schedule your consultation.