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 job 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? Or, 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)
Readers Share Their Thoughts and Stories
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 as 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 of landing a gig. The strange part is that 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!
Readers Experiences With Nose Jobs
I do believe that if you can change and it works for you, good on you! - anonymous
Right now I am a nay since it’s only been five weeks and the tip of my nose still looks like bozo and constantly runs. Also, it is still tender and my once beautiful smile is gone. You can barely see my top teeth when I smile. I had been teased about my wide nose my whole life, but I think I should have left it alone because it’s still wide, but now it sticks out more and is very round at the tip. I am also more prone to breakouts now. - anonymous
I had open rhinoplasty 2 weeks ago and I am currently 20 years old. While it is obviously very early on in my recovery process, I am completely in love with my new nose. That being said, I have my days. Since everyday it looks like it's changing, there are days where it's more swollen and I'm not as big of a fan. Then there are days, like today, where I love it. It's not a drastic change from my previous nose. I had a tip rotation to bring it up since it drooped when I smiled and also got a small hump reduction. I think rhinoplasty isn't about getting a 'perfect' nose but rather a refined nose for your face. My changes aren't huge and maybe not noticeable to most, but I notice it, and that's what matters. I think it's so important to make sure you get it done for yourself. I feel beautiful now, even with the subtle changes, and I wouldn't take it back for anything. - anonymous
I had my surgery 3 months ago. Since than everything is falling apart. I regret it every single day. I just don’t feel like myself anymore, and I miss my old big nose. I never thought I would feel like this. If I could turn back time, I would never do it. My marriage is falling apart because I don’t feel like me anymore. I asked for small changes and I got too many changes. I am depressed and regret it. Please don’t do this to yourself. If your breathing is fine, just leave your nose in peace. No one can guarantee you how it will look in the future. - wiki
I got my nose job 13 years ago at the age of 18, the summer before I went off to college. It went well, I never think about it now unless I have to wear goggles or sunglasses without those adjustable nose pieces. The doc placed grafted bone/tissue near the upper bridge to avoid having a ski slope effect from cutting down the "bump" and sometimes they are uncomfortable when pressed on. Aside from that, I have never looked back...until this weekend. I didn't know I'd want to play rugby later in life and now I have to see a specialist to reset my newly broken nose because it is a little delicate having been previously operated on. Perhaps 18 was a little young to decide, but I was relentlessly harassed all through school about my "big" nose and it was nice not to have that in my life anymore. Did my smile change? Hard to say. From some angles my old nose suited my face better, but from the most obvious angles, especially the profile, there is a remarkable improvement. - anonymous
I regret my nose job every day. The doctor didn't necessarily do a bad job but it just doesn't suit my face. I used to have a long nose and now it's slightly pig-like, pinched, and pointed in an upward direction. My mom used to tell me how ugly my nose was all throughout my childhood. With her pressuring me, I ended up having the procedure done at 22 years old. I look at old pictures before that time and see a beautiful, smiling girl. The girl I see now (four years later) is still attractive but she isn't me. It's strange to look in the mirror and not recognize yourself. If I've learned anything from this experience, it's to never criticize the way my children look. I will never cause them the pain that my mother caused me. For anyone out there considering getting a nose job - don't do it. You'll miss your old self and end up grieving the loss of the person you used to be. - Don't do it
I am pro nose job. I had one about six months ago. I was born with a terrible deviated septum and my nose had the biggest hook. Everyone thought I was italian, but I am not in anyway. I got made fun of constantly, was always depressed and never fit it. After surgery I felt a lot better about myself and had more confidence than ever. I have a cute normal nose now, and even though my nostrils may look a little bigger it was only because my nose was so big before and i deal with it. I look completely different from every angle. My smile changed at first, but then went back to normal. Also, it was the best decision because I can breath, hear, and taste better now that my deviated septum got fixed. Every part of my life has changed for the better, and even though I was beautiful before, I am even more beautiful now. If you saw pictures you'd agree. I think you should only get it done if you REALLY need it. Like for me, I had a huge hooked nose with a bump and it was very noticeable and got made fun of continuously. Do not do it if you don't really need it. You are beautiful regardless. - anonymous
Kayla, what a wonderful story that of yours! I completely agree with you. If it will improve your breathing, hearing, smell, and so on, most definitely you should do it. If it is just plain vanity, I would advice not to because if it is only a minor change that may not be big enough for you to appreciate it. I have an acquaintance who did it for vanity, and of course, the change is not so noticeable, so she is upset about the results. I am very glad to hear that you had awesome results. Congrats on your new life! =) - Maria-Zuzeena
Pro plastic surgery. If we get the chance to change something we don’t like, we should go ahead and do it. I have had 3 nose jobs so far (in a period of 4 years) and I think this time it worked ;) - anonymous
I've had two nose surgeries: the first went really well and I should have stopped there. When I look back at pictures after that, I think I look really good. Unfortunately, I have lost a lot of weight in my face and my nose looked really long and thin, so I decided to get another surgery. BAD MISTAKE! The second doctor wasn't as good as the first, and now the tip droops really bad and it seems the skin has been pulled away from my eyes. I feel that I look really terrible now. I hate going places and I don't like people to look at me. My self esteem wasn't that great before, but now it's really bad. I also have really bad social anxiety because of it. I also have trouble smelling and I get really bad allergies. The second surgery definitely wasn't worth it. - anonymous
I'm glad I had my nose surgery. Some people have their rhinoplasties bc of tiny imperfections that they see about themselves. I finally had it done bc I've had people, friends even, out right state that I have an unattractive nose with no contour. So the nose job was a really big change for me. And perhaps I was lucky to have a great surgeon, although I did do extensive research and travelled across to the other sided of the world to do my surgery bc I was confident he was the best for my criteria. And I have more pros than I expected from this experience. I had a deviated septum and fracture I didn't know about before the surgery. Now I can breath better, my sense of smell is better. And there's no bruise on the top of my nose. This brought out much more harmony and contour to my face, so overall, there was more improvement than I expected. No you shouldn't rely on looks to reach your goals in life. You shouldn't even if your naturally beautiful, but there is no doubt it helps in whatever social endeavor. If you're equally intelligent, bright, and competent as a competitor in a job, being attractive definitely does help to win the odds. And first impressions are everything. Superficial or not, people will judge first through what they see, then interact with your personality. It is stupid to say it is immoral to change your looks for vanity. Plucking your eyebrows, cutting your hair, wearing makeup is all vanity. How is changing your own face immoral if it hurts no one other than yourself to some degree. And if nature or god intended you to be ugly, that's the same thing as saying naturally beautiful people deserved something or actively did something besides being merely an accidental genetic combination to have that physical advantage. It’s saying god intended for you to be born poor so don't try to get rich, intended for you to be born stupid so don't get an education, intended you to be born fat so don't go and exercise. If you are at peace with that too then that's fine. But I don't think there's anything wrong with trying to better oneself when it is possible. And if plastic surgery is wrong then can you call it immoral for all the people who went through freak accidents or became disfigured from war. In most cases it is purely cosmetic for them too. The only judgment is from what lines society currently draws and yourself. - anonymous
I need to clarify that I don’t believe it is immoral to change your nose. It is just less helpful for you spiritual evolution. If someone is not in a rush to evolve spiritually then it’s no biggy. I agree that being good-looking gives you an edge. I agree that first impressions create a certain "image" of you which may or may not be accurate. And this is the reason why, when hiring someone, so many tests and questions are done, in order to try to know as much as possible from someone in a brief time before casting a verdict on someone simply based on their looks. Society is little by little waking up to the realization that looks can be deceptive. The "smart" companies will try to get to know the real person whether or not they are pretty. Now as far as "deserving"... In my belief system, which accepts Karma, it is so indeed. People deserve to be pretty or plain. People are born into poor families or rich because they do deserve it. Our physical features were originally chosen by US! Before birth, we chose everything we were born with and into for our highest spiritual purpose. Having said this, karma is like a leash. It can be very long or very short and this is unknown to us. So we may just as well try to go as far as we want. The result will be according to what our karma allows. But spirituality is a different topic all together and everyone’s belief systems may differ. I am simply sharing my opinions based on my own experience. So, all in all, I am glad you are happy with your results. In the end what matters the most is our heart. As long as we have a clear conscience with ourselves and God/The Universe we will be able to lead a happy life and I believe it is that that is important. As far as society’s judgement goes, I am trying to ignore it as much as possible. I prefer to have less things to worry about. That´s another reason I will not fix my current nose. - Maria-Zuzeena
I recently had a nose job, but also had corrective surgery due to a deviated septum (nose was fractured many years ago). I'm so happy that I can finally breath through my nose. I hadn't been able to breathe through my nose for many years. Did my new nose make major changes in my life. No, but I now feel more confident of my profile and it's one less issue I have to worry about. By the way, I waited until I was almost 50 to do this surgery. I feel it was worth it, but it's not for everyone. Finally, I don't think I'll have any more plastic surgery. My neck has wrinkles but I'll buy scarfs if I want to cover them. - anonymous
I had a nose job. When the doctor does a nose job, he/she basically hits your nose to break it, and they hit me pretty hard. My doctor friend called it a head injury! I felt pretty sick during recovery. About two months after that, I began to feel dizzy, sick, nausea, sensitive to light and sound, and an odd pressure in my head. My husband loved me before the nose job and after I had surgery he still loved me the same. After the surgery, I could care less how it looked because I was so sick for three years. I quit my job and stayed home. I did not go anywhere except the doctors and did not see my family or friend ever because I was too sick to drive. Finally, I saw a doctor at the university medical center and he checked me for Cerebral spinal fluid leak—it is a risk of plastic surgery. This is when cerebral fluid from your brain is leaking. I learned a very valuable lesson. I took a huge risk with rhinoplasty and plastic surgery. I lost three years or my life to a level of physical suffering that I did not even know existed. I now realize that my attention to my looks was nothing but my own insecurities, self centeredness, and immaturity. I believe that God makes us perfect with all of our imperfections. There is beauty all around us. - Grace
I think yes. Confidence has to have a basis, and everyone is different. I find it comforting that my face is actually tolerable to look at since it is the first thing people notice when meeting for the first time. - anonymous
Well, I am 60, and I still regret it every day, I was bullied into it. I was so happy before, and I felt I fit in with normal people with normal looks. I feel plain, like I don't have that edge my larger nose gave me. I was more outspoken and could give as well as take criticism. Now, I feel weaker somehow. I guess like the dude with his long hair, when they cut it off they took his strength. I got this done at 19 and never made peace with it. I guess I was too young and never made the decision for myself. It was made for me. - anonymous
I just wanted to address the comment saying that a nose job is the ultimate symbol of vanity and materialism: You are dead wrong. As has been said times over by others, a nose job can be one of the only alternatives to a severely deviated septum or other nasal abnormalities, which makes it the ultimate sign of pragmatism in that context. Likewise, as you clearly cannot identify, some people bore the brunt of childhood nastiness and were victims of mental abuse through teasing or bullying. That builds poor self esteem and can be carried through into any number of aspects of one’s life. So tell us, genius, where does that connect to the ultimate symbol of vanity and materialism? The ultimate signs you speak of are things that are clear or obvious: when you see a man or woman who are obsessed with their looks or their wealth. Those are the ultimate symbols of vanity or materialism. So you went to India and now you think you possess the insights of a spiritual guru. Boy are you so far off the mark. You don't even have a proper head on your shoulders. - J
I am really confused about how you could go from living and traveling in India following a spiritual guide to getting plastic surgery, which is the ultimate symbol of materialism and vanity. How did this happen? What kind of Guru did you have, or better yet, what did you meditate on? Did you absorb any teachings of letting go of ego and the material world? Just traveling through the sprawling slums of India should have been eye opening and moving — enough to make you question all the material excess of the "developed world". But a nose job? Wow. - anonymous
I have had a total of six surgeries. Last one less than a year ago at the age of 41. First one at 25. Having a huge, long-hooked nose was a serious issue to deal with my entire life. I personally thought I was ok, but others, especially dear friends and guys, had different opinions. It hurts when anyone points to your imperfections even with good intentions to help. When it's someone you’re in love with, pain is too much to take. You pretty much get crushed. Saying that... I had no problem finding plenty of boyfriends with my huge nose, terrible crooked teeth, bad skin, and apple shaped body with flat butt. The question was what quality of guys I was able to get? I didn't have much choice in guys like pretty girls had and those who came along were obviously not good. Good guys, any guy for that matter, want a cute girl and they simply passed me...end of story. But I was young and didn't understand any of that. So that's how I made my way to a plastic surgeon the first time. After my first surgery, I experienced a ton of functional issues. It wasn't successful. I was left with awful uneven nostrils and a very wide front, but I had an improved profile. My face looked completely different and not in a good way. The surgeon explained that it's like a pyramid structure: you cut off the top of it and the wide base is left. To move the pyramid’s sides and at the same time remove the top is not possible: the whole structure would collapse...but I learned all of this AFTER second surgery. Today I know that only slight improvement is possible and noses like mine have to be done by the top reconstructive surgeons because it's not the same as a little bump, hump, or any other small defect. Chances that such task will be successful are slim, like with any complex surgery. Even after final surgery, my nose is still big and wide, but at least now it is finally proportional to my face (not sticking out, not uneven, and not deformed). That's a HUGE improvement for me, but could have been disappointment to someone else. - Tanya
As someone who has had a nose job, I definitely think it's a con. While there are some people who get great results, I don't think it's the majority. I would suggest you research and not just about the good results, but the bad ones too (especially the bad ones). I personally think my old nose flattered me more. Then again, it was the nose I was born with. I guess we forget that we were made a specific way so that all our features blend together. When we try to change one part, we tend to forget how it'll fit into our old faces that weren't designed for it. I believe this is the reason why some people go back and get more surgery because they start noticing other parts of their face that don't match. Changing your face is a huge decision. It's not like getting implants where you can always remove them or hide them. Your face is the first thing people see and when you are not happy with it, it can change your life and not in a good way. There are a lot of stories of people who are depressed after a nose job and I too have felt that. My advice to someone who is looking to get surgery: if it’s your face, think long and hard because while your face can get better, it can also get worse. I miss my old face and wish I would know back then what I know now because I would not have done it. It's also depressing when you work hard and saved for a long time (since they are not cheap) and end up feeling like you paid someone to make you look worse. Just because they are known as the best or specialize in it, or even if you know a patient who had great results, every case is different and you may not get to be as lucky as them. - anonymous
I am against nose jobs. I have a bit of a bump on my nose and I hate it! But my friends and family don't see it as bad at all, so maybe we see parts of ourselves that we think are unattractive because we're only focussing on that part, but when others see us they look at us in general and not just one feature. That's probably why most people don't even realise if you've had a nose job! Besides, most would agree when I say that God made our noses to suit the rest of our facial features and when you do a nose job something in a way looks wrong. - anonymous
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