Is it Worth it to Have Nose Reshaping?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having nose reshaping surgery. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Nose Reshaping: the Procedure and Recovery. For more about the many resources Doctor Review has to offer, you can check out our Facial Plastic Surgery Overview page.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a very small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these are very small risks and you should not have excessive fear.
Additionally, there is a small risk that your septum (the division between the two halves of your nose) will be perforated (get a hole in it) during surgery. Usually, this can be corrected, but sometimes it will be permanent, and may cause difficulty breathing. There is also a risk of changes in the sensation of the face, such as numbness or pain, if nerves are damaged during surgery; this often resolves within a few months, but may be permanent in some cases.
There is also the risk that you won’t be happy with the outcome of your nose reshaping. You might feel that the nose is still too large, or that it’s now too small. You might not like the shape your surgeon has chosen for your new nose. These risks can be reduced by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals.
The nose is literally the center of the face, and its size and shape can have a huge impact on a person’s appearance. For someone who was born with a nose that’s very large and/or misshapen, there is often a significant decrease in self-esteem. For those whose noses have been damaged by accidents or surgery, the impact on self-esteem can be devastating. Rhinoplasty can give these people back their confidence, allowing them to feel good as they face the world.
Because we breathe through our noses, the shape of the nose can also impact a person’s ability to breathe freely. Some people may have very small airway openings. Some may have a deviated septum, meaning that the divider between the two halves of the nose is not centered, so that one side of the nose has a very small passageway for air. This may lead to a nose that feels chronically stuffy, and possibly to snoring and airway disturbance during sleep. Rhinoplasty can allow these people to breathe freely and comfortably.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for nose reshaping is $4,545. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Keep in mind that surgeons often offer financing options. For more detail, please visit our Nose Reshaping Cost page.