The Pros and Cons of Surgical Rhinoplasty


Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is an important plastic surgery procedure that can transform the appearance of your nose and entire face. The nose is the face’s central feature, and making the nose more aesthetically pleasing with surgery can greatly improve one’s appearance and self-confidence.

Make no mistake, however: Rhinoplasty is a major procedure that requires several weeks of recovery and downtime. Before you decide on surgical rhinoplasty, it’s critical to weigh the pros and cons.

Please continue reading to learn more about surgical rhinoplasty.

Surgical Rhinoplasty Pros

Why is rhinoplasty one of the most popular plastic surgeries? These are the biggest advantages:

More Facial Balance

According to Rhinoplasty Expert Dr. Raja Mohan, “If the nose has a bump or is too large, it can become a distracting feature on the face. Some patients complain that there’s an imbalance between the nose and face. Rhinoplasty can address this problem and increase the patient’s self-confidence.”

After rhinoplasty, your nose may have an enhanced appearance by being smaller or having that large dorsal bump removed. Many patients are delighted that their nose is no longer a distraction from their other features.

A more aesthetically appealing nose can transform the face, making it more balanced and attractive, even if no other surgery is done.

Enhanced Nasal Airflow

One of the most frequent reasons that people have surgical rhinoplasty is to address breathing and airflow issues within the nose.

Deviation of the septum, whether due to an accident or was there at birth, can make it difficult to breathe normally. The septum is the wall that separates the left and right nostrils. If it’s crooked, both sides of the nose can be partially blocked.

The surgeon may do a septoplasty as well as rhinoplasty to correct a crooked septum and nose. These procedures will enhance the nose’s appearance as well as increase airflow.

Another procedure that may be done to boost airflow is a turbinoplasty, which shrinks the size of the inferior turbinates. This procedure can be done at the same time as the rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Is Safe And Effective

Rhinoplasty has been done for decades, and modern techniques are advanced and safe. Side effects are rare when you select a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Improved Confidence And Self-Image

A person with a nose they think is ‘unattractive’ can suffer from serious self-esteem and confidence problems. Over time, these issues can affect one’s job performance and ability to interact effectively with others. Some of us were bullied from a young age because of a ‘big nose.’

After recovery from rhinoplasty, many patients report a substantial boost in self-image. This alone can make the surgery and recovery well worth it.

Better Health

When we feel better about how we look, it’s natural to take better care of ourselves. An attractive face and nose can give us a boost of confidence that makes us work harder, work out more often, and eat a more healthy diet.

Rhinoplasty Cons

Rhinoplasty is a good choice for many patients, but it’s important to consider the downsides:

There Are Limitations

Rhinoplasty can dramatically change the shape and appearance of the nose, but there are physical limits. The surgeon can alter the nose’s look by reshaping cartilage and bone, but there are limitations based on your anatomy.

Also, rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure because of the complexity of the nose anatomy. If you select a surgeon who isn’t as skilled in the procedure, you could need revision surgery.

Long Recovery

Rhinplasty is a complex procedure and you will need several weeks to recover. After surgery, you will have a bandage and splint on the nose for at least a week. After those are removed, there will be considerable bruising and swelling.

Most patients recover within four to six weeks, but you may feel self-concscious about being in public for awhile.

That’s why it’s helpful to be able to take a few weeks off work, or work from home, during your initial recovery.

Thicker Skin Can Be A Problem

Some patients have thicker nasal skin, which can make it harder to see rhinoplasty results. This is even truer for those who want an improved nasal tip.

While there are advanced rhinoplasty procedures to address thicker skin, it can be more challenging to see the results of the procedure.

Striving For A Celebrity Nose Will Disappoint You

Some patients go to their plastic surgeon with pictures of their favorite celebrity’s nose on their iPhone. They want their nose to look just like that!

Unless you have the identical facial and nasal structure as your favorite movie star, you won’t have the same nose after rhinoplasty. Having that expectation can lead to disappointment.

Instead, think about specific parts of the nose that bother you, and talk to your surgeon about your expectations and goals. Your surgeon has years of training and experience with rhinoplasty and can tell you if you have realistic expectations.

Surgical rhinoplasty is a safe and effective procedure, but you should consider the advantages and disadvantages before moving ahead. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can advise and help you decide if surgical rhinoplasty will fit with your aesthetic and personal goals.

Written by Malorie Mackey
Malorie Mackey is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles, CA. Malorie's first published book entitled "My Playboy Story: Hopping from Richmond to Hollywood" was published in 2017. Since then, Malorie's short story "What Love Has Taught Me" has been published in the anthology "Choices," and she has been writing and blogging about travel and adventure in hopes to publish her next book about travel soon. She believes that everyone should enjoy a little adventure in their lives. Check out