Year after year, rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most popular aesthetic operations in the world. The operation is accessible, personalized for each patient, and many plastic surgeons choose to specialize in the art of nose embellishment.
Every year, over 40000 nose interventions are taking place in Romania and, despite the generalization of this operation, there are a number of myths floating around rhinoplasty.
Cristian Niţescu, a primary physician in plastic surgery and a doctor of medical science, has clarified some of the myths of rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty can be performed by any plastic surgeon
This myth has a little bit of truth. Any plastic surgeon physician can legally perform this type of plastic surgery but that does not mean that each plastic surgeon can get good results in rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is a challenge, both medically and aesthetically. The plastic surgeon must have a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the nose and respiratory system so that the nose operated is aesthetically pleasing and fully functional. The nose is a complicated ensemble containing bones and cartilage, and ideally this intervention should be performed by a specialized surgeon.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for women
While women account for 90% of patients on plastic surgery, it does not mean that rhinoplasty is a surgery just for them. In fact, rhinoplasty is the secondest aesthetic surgery performed among men immediately after liposuction. Male patients resort to rhinoplasty to remove the “hump” of the nose to reduce or create a symmetrical nose.
Rhinoplasty is a simple surgery
Although I have often heard that rhinoplasty is a simple surgery, I am going to tell you that it is one of the most complex aesthetic surgery. The nose is a sensitive organ, and during the rhinoplasty, the surgeon pays great attention to both the cartilage and the bones and the shape and texture of the skin. Not only does the nose have to match the rest of the face, but each section of the nose must be in perfect harmony with each other.
Rhinoplasty is painful
Objectively speaking, rhinoplasty does not hurt. Indeed, there is a discomfort that every patient feels after awakening from anesthesia, but this discomfort differs from case to case. As long as the rhinoplasty operation is performed correctly and the patient strictly adheres to postoperative indications, rhinoplasty is not a pain. Patient pre-operative consultations are informed of the outcome and risks of the operation, so that the decision to resort to a rhinoplasty is taken into account.
Anesthesia is dangerous
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is completely asleep. Because it is an aesthetic surgery, patients who choose to make a rhinoplasty are healthy and have a good physical condition and thus their body can undergo an anesthesia without the risk of a complication. There have been no cases in which anesthesia may cause problems for the patients I have been taking.
Rhinoplasty will make my face stiff and devoid of expression
Rhinoplasty does not affect the muscles of the face, so after such surgery you can smile, frown, or show any other expression, just like before.
Rhinoplasty is the only way to change the size or shape of the nose
Rhinoplasty is a surgical transformation, but it is not the only way to change the appearance of the nose. Currently, nasal corrections can be performed using dermal fillers. These fillings are injected into the nose to give it the desired shape and do not require surgery. But the results are not permanent. That’s why the only way to permanently change the shape or shape of a nose is rhinoplasty.
My nose can look like a star
A patient using rhinoplasty should have realistic expectations and be aware that each person is different. David Beckham’s nose would not look good on every man, just as Emma Stone’s nose would not be suitable for every woman.
In the 20 years since I operated, I met patients who came to see a photo of a star and told me they wanted that nose. But every time we talked with them and explained that the nose must be in perfect harmony with the shape of their face. And they understood this.
Rhinoplasty changes the way you breathe
The truth behind this myth is that rhinoplasty can only change breathing if you want it. Rhinoplasty is a surgery whose aesthetic purpose is, but if the anatomical structure of the nose does not allow for proper breathing, you can resort to this surgery to correct this problem.
Also rhinoplasty can be combined with the septum deviation operation. Both surgeries can be performed at the same time, and both the aesthetic aspect of the nose and its functionality are corrected.
Rhinoplasty must be restored in the future
Wrong. Ideally, rhinoplasty is done once. A nose is “rebuilt” for life. Of course, if the patient does not follow the postoperative indications given to him by the doctor, relatively minor problems may occur and further surgery is needed.
Communicating between the patient and the surgeon is the most important thing when talking about surgery.
In the case of rhinoplasty, your doctor will tell you how your operation will take place and the risks to which you will be subjected and, in order to be satisfied with the outcome of the procedure, you have to communicate what your expectations are and to be open to suggestions because some requirements may not be realistic or inappropriate for you.