Fact or Fiction? Debunking Rhinoplasty Myths
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed every year. And being so popular means the internet abounds with information about this procedure – but not everything you read may be true.
If you’re researching your options for rhinoplasty, then you may be overwhelmed with the myths and rumors out there. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the most common misconceptions and sharing everything you need to know about rhinoplasty.
My Nose Has to Be Broken During Rhinoplasty
One of the top rhinoplasty myths that often gets circulated is that your surgeon has to “break” your nose during surgery. This isn’t quite true; the procedure – called an osteotomy – is actually very precise and is only used in certain cases. While it may seem a bit extreme at first, it’s essentially just a controlled fracture of the nasal bones. And when performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, this procedure can beautifully reshape the nose.
During the procedure, a specialized tool is used to expertly cut into the bone to create a more flattering and natural-looking nose shape. For instance, when a large dorsal bump is removed, sometimes a gap is left along the nasal bridge. To close this gap, the bone needs to be cut so that the nose can be reshaped. Osteotomies are also sometimes performed for patients who have crooked noses. During your consultation, your surgeon will let you know whether this step will be required for your rhinoplasty.
I Can Have Nose Surgery Without Any External Incisions
In some cases, you can have rhinoplasty without any external incisions. There are two general types of rhinoplasty procedures: an open approach and a closed approach. With a closed approach, all incisions are made inside of the nose. An open approach requires an additional incision that is made along the columella, which is the thin strip of tissue between the nostrils.
A closed approach is ideal for more straightforward procedures, like a bump reduction. Many patients are initially attracted to this approach because of the hidden incisions. However, it doesn’t offer optimal visualization of the nasal structures, especially if nasal tip work is needed.
With an open rhinoplasty, the nasal structures can be visualized in their entirety during surgery. This gives the surgeon a greater amount of control, and it allows for more extensive changes to the nose. And when it comes to scarring, the resultant scar is easily hidden. Both techniques can produce great results, and the right technique for you depends on your cosmetic goals and your anatomy. Dr. Hershcovitch is facile with both approaches and can discuss which would be best for you during your consultation.
Rhinoplasty Will Give Me “Black Eyes”
Some people considering nose surgery might be intimidated by images they’ve seen of the stereotypical rhinoplasty patient, who usually has “black eye” bruising. It’s difficult to predict whether or not a patient will bruise after rhinoplasty, but it’s important to understand that any bruising that does occur is normal.
Bruising is just the body’s response to trauma or injury. To reduce bruising after your nose surgery, be sure to keep your head elevated (even when sleeping) and use cold compresses, when needed. Most patients find that their bruising resolves within a week or two.
Rhinoplasty Is Covered by Insurance
Some people seek nose surgery to correct a structural defect or a functional issue from an injury. In these cases, your procedure may be partially covered by insurance. But for elective cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty is typically not covered. In general, breathing issues are covered by insurance, however reshaping the outside is considered cosmetic. It’s best to speak with your surgeon to confirm whether your particular nose surgery will be covered.
The Final Results from Rhinoplasty Won’t Be Seen for Months
This has some truth to it, but not to the extent that you might think. You will see an immediate and significant improvement in the appearance of your nose after rhinoplasty. However, swelling may obscure the full results for about a month. Sometimes, residual swelling may last up to a year, but in most cases this swelling is so minor that it will only be perceptible to you and your surgeon.
Any Plastic Surgeon Is Qualified to Perform Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty may seem straightforward, but it is one of the most challenging plastic surgery procedures to perform. It requires a keen sense of aesthetics and surgical precision, so it’s best to choose a qualified surgeon who you can trust.
In the United States, any physician with a medical license can legally perform plastic surgery, but this doesn’t mean that they’re the best person for the job. To ensure a successful outcome from rhinoplasty, you should choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Board-certified facial plastic surgeons must complete specialized training in plastic surgery, and they have to pass rigorous examinations to prove their mastery of the field. Dr. Hershcovitch is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, allowing him to produce exquisite results from rhinoplasty. His practice also provides a warm, welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable as you begin your journey toward a better you.
When it comes to rhinoplasty, don’t let the common myths and misconceptions stop you from pursuing this transformative procedure. If you’re ready to take the next step, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to schedule your personal consultation.