More Than Just Looks: The True Benefits of Rhinoplasty

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July 27th, 2021
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Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

Am I really ready for a nose job? What will I look like afterwards? What will my life look like afterwards? How will it make me feel?

These are some of the questions that people will ask themselves when they’re considering a rhinoplasty or nose job. When people come to see us at our Toronto plastic surgery clinic for a consultation, they want to hear about the impact that the surgery has had on our other patients.

Our surgeons have helped countless people get the expert rhinoplasty they’re looking for (sometimes, looking for several years) and start writing a new chapter in their lives.

We would love to tell you more about it in a one-on-one consultation. But until then, this blog will give you an overview of the many benefits of a nose job, and how it can change your life for the better.

Eliminating a Longstanding Insecurity

Many of the people who come to see us for a nose job in Toronto have been thinking about this for years. They will often check out a few websites, browse some rhinoplasty before and after galleries, and then finally decide it’s time.

If you don’t like your nose, the odds are very good that you never have. Our patients often tell us that they have been bullied over the years. This could be early schoolyard teasing, or (seemingly) playful ribbing as an adult.

If those things resonated with you, know that you’re far from alone. Even celebrities aren’t immune to this. Fitness Empress Jillian Michaels is the picture of strength and confidence today. But she also talks openly about how she was bullied mercilessly about her nose when she was a teen. She finally got a nose job when she was 16-years-old, and she says it certainly changed her life for the better.

Some people will do what Michaels did and get a nose job when they’re in their teens. Other people will let the barbs and jokes wash over them for a few years, and then decide to get one in their 30s or 40s.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) recently reported that the number of teenagers looking into rhinoplasty increased between 2019 and 2020, with 41% of surveyed surgeons identifying this as a rising trend.

Here is how the age demographics for rhinoplasty looked in 2018:

  •   Ages 13- 19: Accounted for 14% of all nose jobs in North America
  •   Ages 20-29: Accounted for 31%
  •   Ages 30-39: Accounted for 24%
  •   Ages 40-54: Accounted for 21%
  •   Ages 55+: Accounted for 10%

As you can see, over half of all rhinoplasty patients will get the surgery between the ages of 20 and 39. But there is no right or wrong age to enjoy the benefits of rhinoplasty. But generally speaking, you will want to be old enough for your facial bones to have stopped growing.

Eliminate a New Insecurity

Did you know that a picture taken from 1 foot away can make your nose look about 30% larger than a picture taken from 5 feet away? The distance from your face to your webcam on a video call is usually about 2 feet, which could explain why a lot of people have developed new insecurities about their noses.

The global lockdown and the emergence of daily video calls have actually had a very tangible impact on the entire plastic surgery industry. It has been called The Zoom Boom or The Zoom Effect by some.

We’re sure that, after 15 months, we don’t have to tell you how hard it is to look good on a webcam. People have had to get camera-ready in the morning (sometimes right out of bed) and most people hate it. They also hate how impossible it can be to avoid staring at their own image at the bottom of the screen. So, if you find yourself struggling with this, don’t worry, you’re far from alone.

The Zoom Effect is Very Real

This is leading to a new wave of people daydreaming about plastic surgery, and scrolling through rhinoplasty before and after pictures to see what’s possible. And a lot of those people are booking consultations!

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported that 70% of their surveyed members saw an increase in business during the pandemic, with over 80% of the ones that did attributing this to the so-called Zoom Effect. During that time, 78% of those surgeons saw an increase in rhinoplasty procedures.

Overall, rhinoplasty was the #1 plastic surgery in North America in the year 2020, with 352,555 successful procedures. Not surprisingly the #2 and #3 procedures were eyelid surgery (352,112) and the classic facelift (234,374), with countless people noticing new bags and new wrinkles over the last year. Liposuction ranked #4 with 211,067 procedures, as people looked to lose The Quarantine 15.

Some people have been getting a nose job because of a longstanding hang-up. Others are only recently starting to zoom in on the things they would like to change about their faces. In either case, the current work-from-home-world is giving a lot of people the opportunity to discreetly do their post-op rhinoplasty recovery from home, without using all of their vacation days.

The Health Benefits of Rhinoplasty

We have already covered some of the mental health benefits of a nose job and how the surgery can help you feel better about yourself. But a lot of rhinoplasty patients undergo the surgery to help with health issues that are impacting their quality of life. They could be experiencing internal bone-structural issues that are impacting their breathing and/or their sleeping.

Our clinic proudly offers both open and closed rhinoplasty procedures to help our clients solve those issues, and breathe easily again!

Many of our patients require a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. They are dealing with lifestyle-hindering problems such as:

  •   Chronic nosebleeds
  •   Sinusitis
  •   Blocked or compromised airways that are causing chronic breathing issues
  •   Prolonged sleep issues

Of course, a deviated septum can come from an injury or trauma to the face. However, it can also be hereditary.

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are different procedures, with different goals. The septoplasty’s only goal is for the surgeon to expertly adjust the septum inside the patient’s nose to improve breathing. The rhinoplasty is designed to address more cosmetic structural issues to change the size, shape, and symmetry to achieve the patient’s desired look.

However, the two procedures can be performed in tandem. Or if a patient is looking to reduce the size of their nose with a reductive rhinoplasty, their air passages must be made larger to prevent the airflow obstruction that comes from making the nose smaller.

Breathe Easy. Taste Life. Sleep Better

These corrections can make an absolutely massive difference in the patient’s day-to-day life. Blockages may be impairing the patient’s sense of smell, which has a direct impact on their sense of taste. After their procedure, they can finally smell the grass on a nice summer day and they can finally taste the finer notes in wine that they have heard so much about over the years.

Sleep issues may be the most common issue, and septoplasty can make a major difference. For example, Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Anniston underwent this procedure to clear her airways after struggling with sleep problems for years. Her surgery was a success and the star told People Magazine that she, “slept like a baby for the first time in years.”

The Most Common Rhinoplasty FAQs

How Do I Choose the Right Surgeon?

This is a monumentally important decision. Your surgeon’s skill level and your relationship with them are probably the two most predictive factors in your results. You can start by reading a would-be surgeon’s testimonials and browsing their rhinoplasty before and after pictures.

However, a lot of it will come down to meeting them in a face-to-face setting, which could be in their office, or over a secure video call during COVID restrictions. You may have a gut feeling during that initial meeting and you should trust it! That subconscious response is usually the product of several things you consciously observe, such as:

  •   How did they make you feel? Safe? Understood? Comforted?
  •   Did they take the time to listen to you? Or did you feel rushed?
  •   Did they make vague promises, or go into great detail?
  •   Did they spend their time trying to sell you, or trying to understand you?

Is Rhinoplasty Painful?

The amount of pain that you will experience after your surgery is certainly one of the most common nose job myths that we dispel every day.

Your experience will be remarkably pain-free, as your surgeon uses general and local anesthesia during the actual procedure. Patients may see some completely natural swelling after the surgery, while the mild discomfort can be managed with an oral pain medication, prescribed by your surgeon the day of your surgery.

Is There a Non-Surgical Alternative?

Yes! You don’t have to have a full surgery to experience the benefits of rhinoplasty!

Dr. Bell, the resident surgeon at TPS, is well-known for the remarkable work he’s done performing the  5 Minute Nose Job.

Dr. Mulholland taught Dr. Bell many techniques that are still used at our clinic to this day to prepare him for becoming Toronto Plastic Surgeon’s resident doctor.

The safe and simple procedure uses an injection of dermal soft tissue fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Revanesse, or Teosyal. Despite its non-invasive nature, it can make a big difference in treating common issues like slanted/crocked noses, bridge bumps/scoops, or an unwanted bulbous tip.

Can You Help Me Fix Another Surgeon’s Work?

We can certainly help you with that as well. If you’re unhappy with the work another surgeon at another clinic has done, we can set things right with a revision rhinoplasty.

Generally speaking, you will want to wait until the results from the previous surgery have fully materialized. But if you’re unhappy right now, you should definitely consider booking a consultation with one of our experts to start the conversation.

Is Rhinoplasty Expensive?

No, a nose job is actually surprisingly affordable. We also offer financing options to make things even more affordable.

Here is a general idea of where our prices start:

  •   A tip-plasty surgery starts at $4,999
  •   Reducing the bridge of your nose or opening up your breathing would start at $8,999
  •   A revision rhinoplasty starts at $12,999
  •   A non-surgical 5 Minute Nose Job starts at $1,499

If you are interested in a nose job as a man, we offer the procedure and information about the process and male rhinoplasty cost.

Let Us Show You What a Difference a Nose Job Can Make

We have been able to cover a few of the benefits of rhinoplasty in this blog, but we would love to show you more. Our clinic offers digital imaging technology that can show you exactly how you can look after your surgery. This leads to clear expectations and fantastic outcomes.

Why wait to see what your future can look like? Start right now by clicking the Schedule a Consultation button at the top of the screen, or by calling 647-723-3739 to speak with one of our experts.

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Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

Dr. Thomas Bell has been one of Canada’s most renowned cosmetic surgeons for 35 years. He prides his excellence on the harmonious balance of vision, aesthetic appearance, and patient care.

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