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Eye on the Nose: When to Consider a Rhinoplasty

December 3, 2020

A rhinoplasty may be considered for several reasons – from low self-esteem stemming from cosmetic imperfections, to breathing problems caused by a deviated septum.

A rhinoplasty – or a nose job – is a surgery favoured for medical and aesthetic reasons. It is performed as a means of correcting breathing problems caused by a prior injury or deviated septum, and is also preferred as a route to nose reshaping, smoothing and narrowing. A nose surgery may be considered for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Breathing problems
  • Low self-esteem due to the size or shape of the nose
  • A misshapen nose (with a bump or an overhang)
  • A nose too large, too wide or disproportionate to the rest of the face

An alternative to a traditional rhinoplasty is a non-surgical rhinoplasty, which can be performed using dermal fillers. This is often favoured as a non-permanent, non-invasive option of altering one’s nasal profile.

What Are the Pros and Cons of a Rhinoplasty?


Better self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence

Correction of a deformity or deviated septum

Relief from breathing troubles, better sleep and fewer sinus infections


Post-operative discomfort (although this is temporary)

Need for special post-operative care

No guarantee that final product will be in line with envisioned goal

What Are the Risks of a Rhinoplasty?

The risks of plastic surgery in experienced hands are usually minimal, so it’s wise to seek out a seasoned surgeon when exploring rhinoplasty procedures. Your doctor may ask you about your medications, supplements and allergies, to minimise reactions to anaesthesia and subsequent surgery. Also, lay down your expectations at the outset so your doctor knows exactly what you’re hoping for from the procedure. If you decide to get a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, giving your doctor reference images can help him or her craft your nose to your specifications.

Will I Get My Dream Nose With Just One Rhinoplasty?

There’s no straight answer to this question. If you’re opting for a rhinoplasty to fix a defect, one surgery is possibly all you might need. However, if your surgery is aimed at cosmetic augmentation, or to improve breathing, you may find you need a subsequent surgery or surgeries, to give you the desired result.

How Do I Find the Right Doctor?

It goes without saying that you ought to put time and energy into finding a doctor that offers you comfort, care and clinical excellence. Scour for referrals from family and friends within your network and verify them with testimonials and reviews online to gain an insight into your prospective doctor’s track record. Give priority to surgeons who are experienced in performing rhinoplasties, and ask to see a catalogue of patients for a before-and-after view.

Are the Results Long- Term?

A rhinoplasty reaps long-term results, which is why it’s important to have your expectations in place when opting for the procedure. In addition, your surgeon might ask you to come back at regular intervals as part of your post-operative care regime. Whether you’re considering a rhinoplasty for cosmetic or medical reasons, you’ll find the procedure life-changing. And in time, you’ll discover that your long-lost confidence was under your nose all along.

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