Although the number of people getting their nose altered for cosmetic reasons has decreased in the last decade, rhinoplasty is still a highly sought-after procedure. About 220,000 of these popular surgeries are performed annually, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It is still ranked as the most common facial plastic surgery procedure.
Rhinoplasty Is Not Just About Appearance
Generally, people think of a “nose job” as a purely cosmetic procedure. For generations, the classic standard of beauty included a small, thin and straight nose. Now, however, that standard is becoming more inclusive of all types and sizes, as demographics and the worldview on beauty changes. As a result, some individuals are seeking reverse rhinoplasty to restore the original shape of their nose.
In addition to changing the shape of a person’s nose, rhinoplasty is also performed to restore function. Some people have difficulty breathing due to injury or a defect in development. In situations like these, the surgery corrects not only the appearance of the nose, but its function as well.
One of the Most Complex Cosmetic Surgeries
Years of experience with this type of surgery are necessary to achieve optimum results for the patient. Delicate nasal passages and the small size of the nose make this a very challenging procedure. Many factors must be taken into consideration to ensure the end result is satisfactory.
Balance needs to be maintained when changing the shape or size of the nose. It is important for it to complement other facial features without looking out of place or detracting from your appearance.
Final Results Develop Slowly Over Time
Everything happens overnight in the movies. Not so with rhinoplasty. Healing takes time because of the unique tissues and structures involved. After a few weeks, you will notice improvement, though there may still be some swelling. During this time, you should feel comfortable enough to appear in public.
Complete healing after surgery can take several months. Because rhinoplasty requires such a long time before the actual final results are visible, it is suggested that patients wait at least a year before deciding to have revision surgery.
Rhinoplasty Has Been Around for Centuries
Techniques, materials and tools have changed considerably, especially in the last few decades as technology has advanced; however, the first documented rhinoplasty occurred over 2,500 years ago.
In India about 500 BCE a Hindu surgeon named Susrata performed the surgery to reconstruct a nose.
Since 1898, rhinoplasty has been used as a cosmetic procedure to reshape or change nose size. Movie stars made the practice popular beginning in the 1930s. Today, this procedure is still sought after to help people feel self-confident and boost self-esteem.
If you are considering rhinoplasty for functional or cosmetic reasons, contact Dr. Ransom to schedule a consultation appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Evan Ransom