Should you get a nose job? Answer these questions first

From celebs to models to the average New Yorker, it seems that everyone is getting a nose job these days. The popularity of the procedure can make them seem old hat, but when it comes to surgical options, it’s important to be informed. Here are a few key things to ask yourself before getting a rhinoplasty.

What’s my motivation? Some people have a rhinoplasty for medical reasons, like breathing problems from a deviated septum. Still, many of my patients are interested in the procedure for cosmetic reasons alone. They might feel self conscious about their nose shape and appearance. There’s no wrong reason to get a nose job, as long as you are doing it at your own will and have realistic expectations for the procedure.

What do I specifically want to fix? The consultation process is very important to me, as it is to all doctors and should be to you, as well. Are you unhappy with your nostril shape? Bothered by an upturned tip? Perhaps you feel that your nose is simply asymmetrical or out of proportion. Before surgery, it’s essential that we discuss both your wants and if they will work with your face shape. Having a mutual understanding is essential for optimal results.

Am I physically and emotionally ready for this? Age is also important to factor in when deciding if you should get a rhinoplasty. Noses change as you get older. You should be at least 13 years old and have already finished your facial growth before coming in for a nose job. Outside of that, you can undergo the procedure at any stage in your life.

Can I deal with the recovery and potential complications? Before going under the knife, you should evaluate the risks of a rhinoplasty and understand the recovery process. While a nose job is a routine procedure, post-surgery problems can include minor issues like infection, bleeding, and contour irregularities. Do you faint at the sight of blood? Are you allergic to antibiotics? Discussing and planning for these possible challenges is important.

Also, know that while a rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure — and most of my patients are back to their work or school routines within a week — it might be a few days before you feel like your “normal” self. You might experience puffiness, a dull headache, and bruising, so figure out if you can take a few sick days following the surgery. Wear glasses? Contacts might be easier for the first six weeks post-procedure, so make sure you have some on hand.

Am I fine with waiting for the finished product? Some people expect instant gratification when it comes to a nose job. Unfortunately, that’s not a current reality. After packing and bandages are removed, you’ll likely notice a change in your nose. Still, it might take a year or so to fully reap the results. Regardless of the wait, my patients are generally delighted with their results.

If you’re ready to change the shape of your nose, contact me for a consultation. We’ll talk about your expectations, your facial shape, and other important factors that should not be overlooked when thinking about the procedure.