I Hate My Nose - Part 1

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After your smile, your nose is the feature that is very obvious on the face and is easily seen. For some of us, it is the first thing that that is noticed when we meet people. You may have flared nostrils, a crooked or unbalanced nose. The tip of your nose may be bumpy or have a bulbous look, maybe the angle between your nose and upper mouth isn’t aligned. Each time you look at yourself in the mirror, do you think if on your nose weren't so big? Or maybe it's too small, too wide, too long, or too short. You may have been born with that nose or perhaps you've had an accident that changed the shape of your nose. There is a way to "fix" your nose and it is becoming more common.

Men and women both are seeing Rhinoplasty these days. This is a procedure where the bone and cartilage of your nose are resculpted, and then the remaining skin is redraped over your new nose. By making the nose more attractive with a defined look, a person will gain a renewed sense of confidence and improve their self-esteem. Rhinoplasty can make a person more comfortable and give them a sense of empowerment.

Rhinoplasty has become the fourth most common cosmetic surgery and while most people that have undergone the procedure are pleased with the outcome, there are some that aren't as happy with their results. The art of Rhinoplasty has improved over the years thanks to the techniques and materials improving now leave the patient with a nose that is naturally looking and eliminate those mishaps that happened in the past.

Rhinoplasty is not only to correct the physical aspects of the nose, often time there is also a medical need for this procedure. Repairing a deviated septum or removing polyps that may be impairing a patient's breathing. It may also be performed to avoid sinus infections for someone who has them frequently. In most cases, it is recommended that a Rhinoplasty procedure be done on persons who are past their mid teen years. By this age, the growth of the bone is complete. It is also recommended that the patient is physically and emotionally healthy and well aware of the realistic of their expectations and the possible outcome.

One of the first things you should do when considering Rhinoplasty is to select a surgeon that will take the time to listen to you what you want, explain the procedure and help you make your decision as well as tell you what can expect. A good surgeon will be realistic with you and what to expect in the outcome. You want a surgeon that understands your situation and that you trust their judgment.

When considering this surgery, you should have all the facts presented to you, then regardless what you decide, you can feel certain that the choice you make is the right choice for you. Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as necessary. Request referrals of your doctor’s previous patients that have had this procedure done, along with pictures of their results.

You should check with your insurance company to confirm what they pay for this type of surgery. Many see this as an optional surgery and it will not be covered. The number and most important thing is to listen to your own common sense. This is your nose, your life and should be a decision you make with great thought and care. Then after you have considered all of the options, reviewed the facts and gave the matter deep though, you are ready to make a decision whether or not to have Rhinoplasty surgery.

So perhaps you have been thinking about having Rhinoplasty performed for awhile now. Maybe you are considering this surgery because you don't like the way you look, or perhaps your doctor has recommended it for medical purpose. A Rhinoplasty procedure is a common cosmetic surgery. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. In Part 2 of this blog, we will go through some of those pros and cons that you should consider before going under the knife.