9 Rhinoplasty Myths and Misconceptions Debunked
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed every year. With this popularity comes a myriad of preconceived notions and judgments from rumours, fiction, and the media.
If you’re interested in rhinoplasty in Toronto but feel overwhelmed sifting through all the myths and misconceptions, the Rival Cosmetic Surgery team is here to help. As experts in the field, we shine a transparent light on rhinoplasty and all it entails so you can decide if it’s the right procedure for you.
Top 9 rhinoplasty myths
Myth 1: Rhinoplasty procedures are obvious
The best rhinoplasty surgeries look natural. While some procedures can be drastic, many subtle internal changes can be made to tweak your appearance slightly. Not every nose job has to completely alter your face—unless that’s your intention. It’s at the patient’s and cosmetic surgeon’s discretion to mutually agree on the best look for you.
Myth 2: A nose job is only about changing your appearance
This common misconception is entirely false. Rhinoplasty procedures are rooted in reconstructive plastic surgery rather than cosmetic. Many patients with impaired breathing due to nasal obstructions benefit from a nose job. Rhinoplasty can open passages and correct blockages to improve the overall function of the nose.
Myth 3: Your nose has to be broken during a rhinoplasty procedure
One of the most common misconceptions about nose jobs is that your surgeon must “break your nose” during surgery. This isn’t exactly true. This particular procedure is called an osteotomy, and it’s only used in specific cases. While it sounds extreme, this is essentially a controlled fracture of the nasal bones. When performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, this procedure painlessly reshapes the nose.
During an osteotomy, a specialized tool cuts into the bone to create a more natural-looking nose shape. For example, when a dorsal bump is removed, a gap can be left along the nasal bridge. To close this gap, the bone must be cut so the nose can be reshaped. Osteotomies may also be performed for patients with crooked noses. During your initial consultation, your rhinoplasty surgeon will let you know if this step is necessary for your desired results.
Myth 4: You can pick out the perfect celebrity nose
Many patients walk through our doors with a photo of their favourite celebrity and say, “I want this nose”! Although you may be able to get the same kind of nose as a celebrity, it’s important to consider your nasal structure and face shape.
A good cosmetic surgeon will evaluate whether that nose is suitable for your face, given your existing bone structure. They’ll also consider the medical repercussions and analyze whether that shape will allow for normal nasal function.
Rhinoplasty procedures are specifically designed for each patient. It’s of utmost priority that the results of your nose job are natural. Making a nose that’s not suitable for the face shape and bone structure will create an imbalanced appearance. The best plastic surgeons will always suggest a refined nose suitable for the patient’s face and bone structure rather than replicating an ill-fitting celebrity nose.
Myth 5: Rhinoplasty isn’t permanent
The effects of a rhinoplasty procedure can last a lifetime. If you later choose to make revisions or tweaks to your nose, that is optional. On its own and following the proper rhinoplasty recovery stages, your nose job will never need to be updated.
Myth 6: Rhinoplasty procedures are painful
Since you’re under general anaesthesia or sedation during rhinoplasty surgery, patients feel nothing during the procedure. During the rhinoplasty recovery stages, swelling, bruising, and discomfort may occur. This can be mitigated through painkillers and regular ice applications.
As technology advances, there are several positive changes regarding the aesthetics industry. Nose jobs are no longer as painful as they used to be. One week after the operation, feelings of discomfort are typically gone with the removal of the splint, tampon, and plaster worn during the operation.
Myth 7: Nose jobs are for a younger demographic
There’s no age limit for rhinoplasty procedures. So long as the patient’s health condition is suitable for general anaesthesia, the operation can be performed. Typically, the expectation of rhinoplasty procedures for the elderly population is to breathe more comfortably.
It’s now more common than ever to see women and men in their sixties and seventies coming into our office seeking rhinoplasty. Prior to technological advancements, older patients’ bones were too fragile to undergo nose surgery, but now it’s safe and possible.
Myth 8: Any plastic surgeon is qualified to perform a rhinoplasty
Technically, it’s true that any physician with a medical licence can legally perform a rhinoplasty procedure. However, choosing a surgeon that specializes in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery is in your best interest.
Facial cosmetic surgery is a specialized area of work. Due to the technical and precise nature of the procedure, it’s vital to choose a plastic surgeon with a flawless track record and extensive experience in rhinoplasty. Dr. Rival’s advanced training and knowledge of facial anatomy and ageing enables him to create naturally beautiful results that improve patient appearance and facial symmetry. Having lectured both nationally and internationally, Dr. Rival has solidified his position as one of Canada’s top choices for aesthetic or functional improvements of the face.
It’s also prudent to ask for before and after photos of past patients to see the type of results the surgeon has achieved for others. Rhinoplasty procedures require surgical precision and a keen sense of aesthetics, so it’s important to choose a surgeon whose work you admire. Browse Rival Cosmetic Surgery’s photo gallery to see more of Dr. Rival’s actual patients!
Myth 9: Rhinoplasty is covered by insurance
Some patients seek a rhinoplasty procedure to fix a functional issue or structural defect from an injury. In general, injuries and breathing issues are covered by insurance. In Toronto, your insurance company may provide full or partial coverage if you can prove you’re correcting an urgent physical issue.
However, if you’re simply undergoing an elective cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty typically isn’t covered. In certain circumstances, patients require nasal reconstruction surgery for both superficial and medical reasons, in which case your insurance company may cover a portion of the cost. It’s best to speak with your surgeon to confirm whether your rhinoplasty procedure will be covered.
Get the truth from a double-board certified plastic surgeon
Are you considering getting rhinoplasty in Toronto but are hesitant due to these common myths and misconceptions? Unlike many surgeons who perform plastic surgery throughout the whole body, Dr. Rival only performs surgery on the face and neck. He’s known for his expertise in Toronto rhinoplasty and facelift surgery.
During your consultation, you’ll set clear expectations, decide on your ideal finished result, and clear up any misconceptions or fears you may have. Step into the best version of yourself with natural-looking results. Learn more about how Rival Cosmetic Surgery can help you by requesting a consultation today.