What’s the first thing people look at when they meet you? It’s your face of course. And what’s the centerpiece of the face – the nose. Little wonder then that so much focus is on having a perfect nose as it makes up a critical part of what makes us look the way we do.
Some people are lucky enough to be born with a perfect nose, that perfectly complements their face. Others, however, cringe when they think of their nose.
Noses come in all shapes and sizes. More often than not, our nose is crooked or too large. For many folks this is no big deal but for others it’s a life-long problem. An imperfect nose can lead to feelings of inadequacy with damaging effects on self-esteem and confidence. And, unfair as it seems – research constantly shows that people who are considered “attractive” by others are judged to be more intelligent and more sensitive, leading to greater opportunities.
So if you want people to see your whole face and not just your nose, read on how to get that perfect nose.
The first thing to know is that changing your nose does not have to involve huge cost, pain and downtime. Modern rhinoplasty today is one of the most common and trusted procedures for repairing the nose. Rhinoplasty can change the shape and size of the nose, narrow the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and lips, and even reshape nasal cartilages and bones.
And unlike most cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty can also provide amazing health benefits. The surgery can open up the air passages within the nose, allowing you to breathe better that ever. When you breathe better, you can exercise longer, avoid coming down with colds, and get longer, more restful sleep.
If you are considering surgery, the most important thing you can do is choose a qualified facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon will examine both the external and internal structure of your nose. He or she will also explain how the nasal structures (bone and cartilage) can be reshaped to improve the attractiveness and function of your nose, and will be able to provide you with a good idea of the shape and size nose you can achieve through surgery.
The procedure itself takes approximately two hours and it’s generally performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day. Usually, you will have to wear a splint over the nose and have small stents placed in the nose. For most patients this just causes a feeling similar to a stuffy nose, although there is often a little temporary swelling and bruising.
But then comes the unveiling.
After seven days, you can usually safely remove the dressing and gaze in the mirror at your beautiful new nose. And for most patients the satisfaction they feel after seeing the results makes the procedure completely worthwhile. In fact a recent study of over 1,000 patients showed that less than 5% of women were unsatisfied with their results.
The cost of Rhinoplasty differs depending on the procedure and surgeon – but averages approximately $5,000. Insurance usually does not cover the procedure unless there is an associated medical condition or is a result of an accident or illness. Many doctors can also help arrange financing for their patients. While the price may seem high to some, it must be weighed against the benefits of a lifetime of renewed satisfaction and self-esteem
So if you’ve been unhappy with your nose for a long time, rhinoplasty may do more than just improve your face and let you breathe easier, it can make a huge difference in the way you feel about yourself, now and for the rest of your life.
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