Should I Get a Nose Job? How Do I Know I’m Ready?

posted on:
June 25th, 2021
posted by:
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

What is currently keeping you from getting the nose job you’ve always wanted? Is it because of something you read about the downtime? Are you concerned about what your friends will think, or how much time you may have to book off of work?

When someone sits down with us for the first time at our Toronto rhinoplasty clinic or meets us for a video consultation call (which we do during COVID), they are sometimes still not quite 100% sure about the procedure.

They often have to answer a lot of questions for themselves. They will ponder things like, Am I really ready for this? Am I doing this for the right reasons? Can I afford this?

Some people hate their noses and book a rhinoplasty procedure as soon as they’re of age. Others will languish over their nose through their formative years, and then get a nose job in their 30s or 40s. Other people have only recently started to hate their noses after seeing what they look like on Zoom calls while working from home.

These people all arrive at their decisions at different speeds, but they all answered the internal and external questions they needed to arrive at the decision: Yes, it’s time.

So, if you’re asking yourself should I get a nose job, here are some other questions you should ask to arrive at your answer. Additionally, if you want to learn more about men’s nose jobs and male rhinoplasty cost, click here.

Why Am I Doing This?

This can be an incredibly complex answer for some, or a very simple answer for others. What is The Why behind the surgery? In most cases, the best answers are some version of, I’m doing this for myself.

Ideally, you would like this post-operation version of yourself to be a vision of confidence and happiness. It’s unreasonable to think any plastic surgery will solve all of your problems. But it can help you fix major insecurity that could be causing you a lot of stress. Maybe you have had this stress for years.

One of the wrong reasons to get a nose job would be to make someone else happy. This decision is incredibly personal, so you’re the only person you should be trying to make happy. If a nose job can help you look like the person you’ve always aspired to be, the odds are good that you’re doing this for the right reasons.

What Would My Friends and Family Think?

It would be great for us to reiterate what we just said in the previous section: This is your decision and your opinion is the only one that matters. But of course, we live in the real world and we know that is not how things actually work. We place a lot of value on the opinions of loved ones.

If someone you love and respect would potentially be against your nose job, it can be enough to make you rethink things. Which is fine and perfectly reasonable. A nose job deserves a lot of thought. But don’t give that person the final sign-off on your decision.

If you think someone would be against the idea of your nose job, there is a very strong chance it’s because they’re against plastic surgery in general. They may be holding onto some antiquated notions that have led to old myths and stigmas about plastic surgery.

We have seen a massive shift in societal attitudes towards plastic surgery over the last couple of years. And thankfully, these old stigmas are well on their way to becoming things of the past. But, we can also tell you that some do still exist and every plastic surgeon in Toronto still has to dispel a lot of old myths.

2020 Changed a Lot of Minds

We can tell you that we have seen a huge shift over the last few years alone. In 2014, only about 17% of surveyed people were in favour of plastic surgery. In June of 2020, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons conducted a survey of 1000 people with no prior history of plastic surgery. They found that an astonishing 49% of respondents were open to getting their first-ever procedure.

What happened? You guessed it: Covid-19 happened, a global lockdown happened, and then daily Zoom meetings happened. Suddenly millions of people literally saw their own faces in a new light, as we all got to see what our faces looked like on a webcam and in bad lighting. And most of us hated it.

Some people simply minimized their image at the bottom of the screen, while others killed their video feed and claimed they were having technical difficulties. But hundreds of thousands of other people would start browsing rhinoplasty before and after pictures after their video calls—and a lot of those people actually booked consultations with plastic surgeons.

The COVID-19 lockdown has caused a mini-boom for the plastic surgery industry, as a whole, that has been playfully dubbed The Zoom Boom or The Zoom Effect. But the rhinoplasty procedure has been particularly popular.

A 2020 survey of facial plastic surgeons revealed that:

  •   70% reported an increase in bookings and treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic
  •   78% reported an increase in rhinoplasty procedures
  •   83% attributed these increases to the so-called Zoom Effect

At the same time, the rhinoplasty/nose reshaping procedure was the most popular surgery in 2020, with well over 350,000 successful procedures in North America. This was the first time in years that breast augmentation wasn’t the #1 procedure.

Why are video calls particularly vile for people who hate their noses? It has been estimated that a picture taken from a foot away can make your nose look about 30% larger than a picture taken from 5 feet away. Most people aren’t sitting 5 feet away from their webcams.

How Much Time Will I Have to Miss From Work?

The misconceptions about the downtime involved in rhinoplasty are some of the most common nose job myths out there. They are also among the most tragic, because these myths could stop people from getting the procedure they have always wanted.

Let’s start with the downtime/recovery time. We typically give a ballpark number of 3 weeks for a rhinoplasty procedure’s swelling and bruising to subside. But we often advise people that they can return to work after 1 week.

However, during the current work-from-home world, you actually have a very unique window to get a nose job (or any plastic surgery) and recover discreetly from home while working from home. You don’t need to use a week or more of vacation days.

This is why the plastic surgery industry is booming right now. With the opportunity to recover while working from home, a lot of people are foregoing non-surgical procedures (i.e. Botox and fillers) and going all-in on the process with a more impactful surgery (i.e. Facelift or nose job).

Of course, there are always other things you can do to speed up the recovery process of any surgical procedure. For example, feel free to read these rhinoplasty recovery tips to learn more.

Am I Worried About the Pain?

This is another one of the most common myths we hear.

Your surgeon and an anesthesiologist will begin your procedure by administering general and local anesthesia to make sure everything is completely painless.

After your surgery, your initial swelling and discomfort should drop considerably. However, any pain is easily managed with oral pain medication that your surgeon will prescribe for you.

So, never let any concerns about the level of pain stop you from getting a nose job.

Do I Simply Not Like the Idea of a Surgery?

Of course, there are always people who don’t like the idea of any type of surgery, and we can respect that. Fortunately, there are non-surgical options for people that are looking to change their nose’s appearance.

A lot of patients have seen fantastic results from an injection rhinoplasty procedure, which is also known as the 5-Minute Nose Job. It’s called that because it can be performed quickly and painlessly in a matter of minutes.

The procedure involves altering your nasofacial shape with an injection of dermal soft tissue filler like Juvederm, Restylane, Revanesse, or Teosyal. Despite their non-intrusive nature, you can still get one of these procedures to effectively treat issues like:

  • Bulbous tips
  • Crooked noses
  • Unwanted bridge bumps
  • Bridge scoops

If you’re not thrilled about the idea of a full-blown surgery, this option could definitely be worth looking into. You could potentially get rid of years of insecurity in a matter of minutes.

Can I Really Afford This?

One of the biggest misconceptions about plastic surgery, in general, is that it is reserved for the rich and famous. The truth is that the procedure you’ve always dreamed of is probably far more attainable than you may think.

Our prices will vary based on a number of factors. But generally speaking, prices would generally begin at $1,499 for our non-surgical injection rhinoplasty, or the so-called 5-minute nose job.

Next, our tip-plasty procedure would start at around $4,999. Or, if you were looking to lessen the bridge of your nose or improve your breathing pathways, those procedures would start at about $8,999.

Or, if you’re not happy with the results from a previous rhinoplasty, performed by another surgeon at another clinic, a member of our world-class team could perform a revision rhinoplasty for $12,999.

We also offer procedure financing options to make things even more affordable.

How Do I Find the Right Nose Job Surgeon?

The surgeon you choose to work with will have a direct impact on your outcome. Of course, their surgical skill and experience will be major factors. But you also need to make sure you feel comfortable with your surgeon and ensure that you have honest and detailed conversations about your goals.

Our clinic offers two of Canada’s leading experts on rhinoplasty. They are both well known for their surgical mastery, as well as their individualized level of care with every single patient.

Dr. Thomas Bell has been performing rhinoplasty procedures for more than 25 years, with more than 1,000 nose jobs. He was also named one of the best cosmetic surgeons in the Canada by Toronto Life, Flare, Fashion, and W Magazine.

Let Us Show You What’s Possible

We covered a lot of ground today, but we’re sure you still have some questions or concerns. There are lots of reasons to get a nose job and only you can decide whether or not this is right for you.

Our experts are here to make sure you have all the proper information. Of course, most people are nervous before any type of surgery. But we want to make sure you have all of the right information, so it’s the good type of nervousness. We want you to have butterflies because you can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The new you can be much easier than you think! You can start right now by clicking the Schedule a Consultation button at the top of the screen.

Posted by:

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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