Rhinoplasty (nose job) is one of the oldest and most popular cosmetic procedures; performed on hundreds of thousands of people every year around the world. Statistics indicate that the number of those who sign up for nose jobs is around 500,000 annually in the US alone.

The benefits of a nose job are multiple:

  • Helps proper breathing
  • Creates a pleasant and symmetrical face
  • Improves or eliminates respiratory failure
  • Improves physical performance
  • Restores normal anatomy in case of previous trauma
  • It enables better sleep and can improve or eliminate snoring

Even though rhinoplasty is a commonly performed surgery, there are certain myths surrounding it based on either unpleasant experiences or mis-information. Let's take a closer look at the seven most common myths surrounding rhinoplasty.

1. Rhinoplasty can be performed by any plastic surgeon

Only partly true. Any plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon is legally entitled to perform the procedure, but that does not guarantee that they will also understand the complexity of reconstructive nose surgery and guarantee the best results.

Rhinoplasty surgery can be perceived as a challenge from both a medical and an aesthetical point of view.

The facial plastic surgeon should have a comprehensive knowledge of the nasal and facial anatomy to achieve a nose correction that is visually appealing and fully functional.

The nose represents a complex structure of multiple bones and cartilages; therefore, this surgery is recommended to be performed by a plastic surgeon or ENT facial plastic surgeon who super-specialises in rhinoplasty.

2. Rhinoplasty is very expensive, and only the super-rich can afford it

Wrong. Even without knowing the exact costs involved, many people are fast to judge a rhinoplasty as expensive and reserved only to super-wealthy and famous people.

Like any other surgery, it does involve some expenses, but before deciding that it is too expensive, we recommend you first check the price.

In most cases, the cost is something people with a slightly above-average income can afford.

3. Rhinoplasty will leave my face with visible scarring

Wrong. While some initial post-surgery scarring is present, it is important to highlight that a successful nose job will not leave any visible scars across the face. The after-surgery marks will be very discreet and can be easily covered with a foundation.

After complete healing, these signs disappear almost completely, and the remaining ones are barely there.

Think about it: if face scars remained visible after a nose job, the whole procedure would contradict its actual purpose that of making your appearance more appealing, wouldn't it?

4. Rhinoplasty is a simple cosmetic procedure

Wrong. Rhinoplasty surgery is among the oldest and most popular cosmetic surgeries. However, the surgery itself is not a simple one.

The nose is a sensitive, vital organ, which sits in the middle of the face and cannot be hidden. Results are there for everyone to see and thus there is little room for an unsatisfactory result.

Nasal reconstruction is a complex process, both in the cartilage and bones and in the shape and texture of the skin.

Any mistake can affect the patient's breathing, appearance, and confidence. That is why it is advisable to consult a specialist and get educated first on the risks and benefits of nose correction surgery.

5. Rhinoplasty needs to be repeated at some point

Wrong. Successful rhinoplasty surgery will be done once in a lifetime.

There are other very specific situations when the patient needs to undergo a second rhinoplasty.

For example, if the surgery is not performed correctly or the patient did not follow the guidelines of the recovery time, a second nose job intervention might be required.

If, at some point, the patient presents physical injuries caused by an accident, beating, or fall, the rhinoplasty surgery will need to be performed again.

The second time rhinoplasty requires more attention due to the cartilage and the septum already affected and is considered much more difficult to perform.

6. Rhinoplasty surgery is painful

Wrong. As long as the aesthetic procedure is performed correctly and the patient follows the post-surgery medical recommendations, rhinoplasty should not be a painful experience. The level of discomfort varies from one patient to another, depending on each person's sensitivity.

After the surgery, patients usually stay in hospital overnight. The entire healing process lasts a few weeks. You will return to the doctor's office for a regular check-up and supervise the healing.

If you are fearful about potential pain resulting from the nose correction job, make sure to speak to your surgeon first, before the actual surgery, and get all the facts checked.

7. Rhinoplasty can get you the nose of a Hollywood star

Again, only partially true.

Many people dream of copying the perfect nose of their favourite Hollywood star. As disappointing as it may sound, that is rarely possible.

The nasal pyramid is very delicate, and the structure of the face is unique to each person, both at a bone level and at the muscular and skin level.

You might get a nose very similar to that of your favourite star, but the overall face aesthetic perception depends very much on the rest of your facial features.

Your surgeon will explain the type of nose that can be achieved with modification of your existing nose, which changes are best suited for your face and what are reasonable expectations. He/ she can even do a computer simulation to see what your nose will potentially look like after the surgery has healed.

Final words

These are just a few of the many myths on rhinoplasty circulating online. Remember to always check the facts with a medical staff that is certified to provide accurate information.

When you have decided to have a nose job, your current health will be assessed for any possible diseases and allergies.

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • Rhinoplasty surgery is not performed during pregnancy.
  • It is recommended not to wear any makeup on your surgery day.
  • Avoid having new eyelash extensions done just prior to your surgery

Avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medication at least 14 days before the surgery day as it may favour bleeding.

If you smoke, you will be advised to quit or, at least, to considerably reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day.