Is Rhinoplasty Worth It? My Nose Job Experience
What You Don't Know About Getting a Nose Job
We love to look at the before and after pictures of nose jobs recipients. How many have you seen? But the photos don't tell the whole story.
Do they show how the nose job may cause minor but permanent difficulties breathing? How you can't breathe through your nose because it gets too dry, and how things never smell the same, post-surgery? How you'll always have difficulty wearing a scuba mask? How it also changes your smile?
I will tell you how my life changed after my nose job, so that you know what to expect if you decide to go for it.
My Nose Job: Before and AfterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Rhinoplasty: Pros and Cons
My profile? Way better. Although the tip of my nose is now slightly deviated towards the right, so at certain angles I appear to have a hook nose. A small one, but a hook nonetheless. I must add that no one notices it until I point it out. So I have decided to stop pointing it out!
My front? Worse. After the narrow hump was removed, my nose looks wider than before. The nostrils are also more noticeable.
The tip of my nose? Slow improvement. For quite some time post-surgery, the tip looked like that of a clown! :l It stayed swollen for a long time (I'm talking more than a year) but at least I no longer feel I have a clown tip! But there is still room for improvement.
My smile? Worse. My lovely smile! And my lips! No one told me that would change. The doctor cut the skin that holds the upper lip attached to the gum, close to the canine teeth. Just two tiny pieces of skin made such a difference.
Sense of smell? The same. But my friend's mother had some problems with hers, so you should be warned.
Breathing? Same. Except since now my nostrils are pointed slightly higher, air (and water!) enters more easily, which I notice especially when it is cold. Also, the inside of my nose gets dry faster. My aunt was no longer able to breathe so easily after her surgery.
Picking your nose? You know, that human need in response to itchiness? The nose is really swollen after the surgery so even after the cast is removed, you will find you can't stick your finger inside. If I had an itch, I found it helpful to just push the side of the nostril slightly towards the center. Keep in mind my surgery was very simple. This may not work for every case, as there are different approaches and different parts that are cut or dealt with depending on the particulars of every surgery. Anyway, handle your nose with care.
Enduring high altitudes? My nose bleeds slightly when I fly on planes. I guess it is due to dryness. You won't notice it until you blow your nose and see blood spots in the tissue, but it is minor, not really a nuisance.
Heads turning to look at me on the street? No change, not even when my nose still looked very swollen. I was glad about this, though.
Snorkeling? Uncomfortable. I can't keep the mask on for too long, but I still go snorkeling.
Was getting a nose job worth it in the end? If I could go back in time knowing what I know now, would I do it again?
Was It Worth It?
Nope. Knowing what I know now, I would not do it again. Do I regret it? Nope, I don't like to regret things in life so I have made my peace with it.
- There are questions that will never be answered for sure, like, would I have be given the same opportunities with my old nose? You know? Now that I think about it, chances are I would. I am an intelligent person, like you and most of us—most of the time— so I think I would have. Besides, something happened to me that has happened to a lot of my friends who have also undergone nose jobs: no one even noticed the change!
- So much is said about beauty and the importance of first impressions, but seriously, how much can a nose change you? It won't make you smarter, nicer, or more lovable.
- Maybe you'll be more attractive and hopefully you will like the results so you will find yourself more attractive. But maybe the problem is in your perception of your nose, not your nose itself. For example, Michael Jackson saw flaws when he looked in the mirror, and how did we react to his face after so many surgeries? People start looking freaky.
- Do you really think that just a nose will change your future? If you want to be in showbiz, it will probably increase your chances of getting gigs, but I have started to see big noses on some TV shows, like Drop Dead Diva. Well done! Otherwise it would be discrimination for not having a nose that fits the Barbie beauty stereotype!
- However, your attitude towards life will change your future whether you change parts of your body or not. If changing parts of your body will change your attitude then I would say go for it.
- Years later, the tip of my nose is still swollen. It is also slightly crooked. Sometimes it still looks like a clown's nose (a small ball at the tip).
- Four years after the surgery, my nose suddenly started "clicking." Yep. Whenever I move my lips, I hear a click. I've googled it and apparently it's nothing to worry about. This just comes to show that even after years later, the effects of the surgery may change.
All in all, it was not worth it. However, I have learned my lesson. Even with my imperfect nose I will continue to be a very happy and successful person! This time I ain't letting a nose get on my way! =)
If you decide to do it, I wish you the best of luck with the result! I hope you are completely satisfied with it or at least able to live with it. But I would like to really stress that it is your brains that will dictate the direction of your life, not your nose :0)
Plastic Surgery: Yay or Nay? Participate in the Discussion
It would be interesting to know how plastic surgery has changed your life or the life of a loved one. Speaking of loved ones, do you love them more now than you did before just because of the change? If you have a child that is considering it, do you encourage them or try to stop them? By the way, I had my nose done at the age of 38, so I had already enjoyed success with a big, eagle like nose. I already knew my brain-power and my spiritual power too. So I was okay with a drastic physical change because it would no longer confuse me into giving importance to something so subjective a physical looks. Why I did it? I wanted to be on TV and I thought that a nose that resembled the accepted beauty stereotype would increase my chances to land a gig. The strange part is... I had already worked on TV with an eagle like nose! Didn't that tell me something? Apparently not. However, to my credit I am a 34A, yep, flat chested, and that I will not change!
Are you for or against plastic surgery? Why?
Questions? suggestions? Go ahead!