3 Things You Should Know about a Nose Job

How many of us have looked in the mirror and turned this way and that trying to figure out just what we’d change if we had the opportunity. Often, the nose comes under fire as being too big, too wide, too prominent or too anything-else. Nose jobs are one of the most common forms of plastic surgery, so if you’re not sure about your nose, you’re not alone. But be sure to be informed about what a nose job really means.

Nose jobs aren’t perfect. Noses are made up of tiny bones and pieces of cartilage. There are a lot of pieces under the skin on your nose, and when the surgeon opens up your nose to start manipulating these tiny pieces, it’s impossible to predict what the final product will be. He’s not sculpting your nose from clay, after all, and that uncertainty has to be accounted for.

Up to 20 percent of nose jobs are redone. With the element of uncertainty that comes with a nose job, as many as twenty percent of nose job patients go on to a revision rhinoplasty. That’s not to say your first nose job wasn’t good – it’s just that the second one is going to be better. Revision rhinoplasty is often used to shave just a bit more off a nose or correct asymmetry that might have occurred as the bones healed.

A nose job usually means breaking your nose. While some types of rhinoplasty can be simply removing excess cartilage, many more are reshaping the nose and reducing the bridge, or the top, of the nose. To do that, the doctor will actually break the nose using a controlled medical procedure and then shave off the extra bone. It’s an intense process and the healing will include having your bones actually mend back together as if they had been broken in a bar fight. But you’ll look better for it, of course.