If you’ve been thinking about having a nose job, you’ve got a lot of company. Statistics show rhinoplasty is the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States, and the top aesthetic procedure for men. Part of that popularity has to do with where the nose is located — right in the center of your face, where it’s easy to see. If you don’t feel happy about the way your nose looks, it can make you feel less attractive and less confident overall.
Of course, improving aesthetics is only one reason to have a nose job; improving the way your nose works is another. At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, we offer a custom approach to rhinoplasty, using state-of-the-art techniques to help patients achieve the beautiful results they’re looking for. If you’ve been considering having a nose job — for cosmetic reasons or to help you breathe better — here’s how to make sure the results you get are everything you’re hoping for.
Four keys to a natural-looking nose job
You’ve probably seen before-and-after photos of cosmetic surgery gone awry. And that may have left you a little concerned about what kind of results you can expect. The good news: Today’s advanced cosmetic surgery techniques can produce consistently great results. The key is to pay attention to a few critical factors before and after your procedure.
Select the right surgeon
Like any facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty requires a doctor who has the technical know-how and surgical experience, combined with artistic expertise to ensure you get a result that looks great on your face. Ideally, you want a cosmetic surgeon with significant experience in rhinoplasty surgery, as well as someone who takes the time to understand your concerns so you can feel confident about the surgery and your results.
Discuss your goals clearly
You might think your nose bump or uneven nostrils are really obvious. But you still need to discuss all your concerns in detail with your surgeon, so they can make sure you get the results you’re looking for. Nose surgery can address a lot of issues, including nostril size and shape, bridge ridges, tip irregularities, and general size and symmetry of your nose. During your consultation, be clear about the results you’re hoping. Also, be upfront about any medications you’re taking and any past problems you’ve had with healing or anesthesia.
Forget about celebrity photos
Just because your favorite celebrity looks good with a tiny, upturned nose, that doesn’t mean it’s the best look for you. There’s nothing wrong with bringing in photos to discuss during your consultation. But remember, the goal is to create a beautiful nose that works with your face shape and your other facial features. An experienced surgeon will be able to suggest changes to your nose shape that look right on your face.
Have realistic expectations
Today’s rhinoplasty techniques make it possible to correct a whole host of imperfections and defects, so you and your surgeon can achieve a custom result that looks beautiful — and natural — on you. As transformative as rhinoplasty can be, it can’t “fix” imperfections in other areas of your facial appearance. Before you have your surgery, it’s important to make sure you understand what a nose job can do — and what it can’t. Depending on the goal you’re trying to achieve, your doctor might suggest other procedures or treatments, as well.
Follow pre- and post-op instructions closely
Before your surgery and afterward, you’ll be given instructions to follow. Those instructions are intended to help ensure your nose heals properly afterward, and also to help your recovery be as comfortable as possible. It’s very important to follow all instructions to reduce swelling, bleeding, and other issues postoperatively.
Rhinoplasty can dramatically change not only the way you look — it can also change the way you feel about how you look. In fact, research shows rhinoplasty can have a direct, positive impact on self-esteem and self-confidence. If you’ve been thinking about rhinoplasty, now is a great time to take the next step and learn more. To schedule your consultation, call Sanctuary Cosmetic Center or use our online tool and book an appointment today.