Over a hundred thousand people get nose jobs every year, and the vast majority of recipients are very happy with them. According to a study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, an average of 3.3 percent of rhinoplasties (about one in thirty) need revision, and according to the Web site Real Self, 90% of those who rated their rhinoplasties in the last two years said that they were worth it.
Having rhinoplasty done has become so widely accepted that some young women have begun using photographs and the Internet to document their own nose jobs and recoveries for their friends, including the transition period between the end of the surgery and the dissipation of the aftereffects. This may be because recovery can otherwise be a somewhat lonely experience — you have to stay indoors, avoid garments that have to be pulled over your face, refrain from wearing glasses unless you can rest them on your cheeks (which for those of us who need glasses means refraining from going outside) and above all, stay away from anybody who might have a cold so you don’t start sneezing.
Sometimes people go to a surgeon wanting their nose to look more masculine or feminine. The basic procedures of rhinoplasty are the same for both men and women. The differences between their noses are subtle, and almost drowned out by individual variation. But experienced facial plastic surgeons who work on many, many patients eventually develop a sense of the differences that appear in the statistical aggregate, which allows them to make subtle changes that most observers would say make a nose look more masculine or feminine, even if the observers could not say exactly why.
Male skin tends to be slightly thicker than female skin, which blunts some of the sharp angles and makes the nose appear less delicate. The bridge of a man’s nose is typically straighter and more prominent, and the tip is less elevated. Since no two noses are alike, the process of making these changes will be different in every case. Using computer imaging, a good rhinoplasty surgeon can show you various possible outcomes, so that you can describe precisely the results you want from the operation.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he’s done only facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you want rhinoplasty in or near Charlotte, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.