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Do I Need A Nose Job?

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We all have something about our bodies that we don’t like. Something we usually consider having plastic surgery to fix.

For me personally, I’d really like to have a bit of a facelift. Yes, I know wrinkles are a part of the aging process but it doesn’t mean I have to go gracefully. 

I’m all about fighting it and doing what I can to live my best life and fewer wrinkles would help.

I’m not even really sure what’s involved or if it could smooth out my skin long term, but it’s something I toss around from time to time.

I mean, look at Dolly Parton, she is 73 and I’m pretty sure she’s had some work done. She looks FANTASTIC! That is the look I’m going after.

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Some, like my daughter, are frustrated by their eyebrows and how one is higher than the other. She is young, but she complains about those uneven eyebrows all the time. She has taken steps to make it better though by actually consulting with a plastic surgeon and then following through with injections, similar to Botox, to even them up.

However, others may really have a love/hate relationship with their nose and are considering rhinoplasty. According to Harvard Health, rhinoplasties aka nose jobs are the most common plastic surgery procedures.

The Harvard article goes on to say:

“The most common requests are reducing a nasal hump, refining the tip, or correcting asymmetries. These cosmetic changes, which are not covered by insurance, are frequently combined with functional rhinoplasty so there is only one recovery.”

While the most frequent question is:

” “Will you need to break my nose?” Usually not. Most rhinoplasties leave the bones intact. If patients have had significant trauma to the nose in the past, the nasal bones are sometimes shifted into a more favorable position during surgery. For cosmetic reasons, a bony nasal hump may be smoothed down to a straight profile or gentler curve. Patients awaken from anesthesia and go home the same day.”

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Now, I’m thinking the most frequent question should be what is the rhinoplasty recovery time. Which, according to plastic surgeon Dr. Farrior, the average rhinoplasty recovery time is one year. ONE YEAR! Wow, I had no idea it could take that long. 

Other things you’ll want to consider when thinking about a nose job is if you’re a good candidate. This is how the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery defines a good surgery candidate:

“Men and women of all ages benefit from rhinoplasty. Nose reshaping is one of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures for teenage patients too, although cosmetic surgeons take special care when evaluating whether or not a younger patient is ready for rhinoplasty. Physically, the nose must be fully developed—typically by around age 14 for girls and 16 for boys. Younger patients also need to demonstrate emotional maturity and understanding about the cosmetic surgery process.

For patients of any age, it is important to have realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty can help you improve upon your existing nose, but it cannot deliver “perfection” nor can it give you the nose of someone else. A skilled, qualified cosmetic surgeon will explain to you what is possible and help you achieve a nose that looks natural with your unique features.”

I think the biggest take away is to realize that not one of us is perfect and we all have flaws we’d like to fix. It comes down to deciding if you can live with your flaws or if you feel you’d be living your best life by having the flaws improved. As always, do what’s best for you. In the meantime, I’ll be over here leaning into my wrinkles and making the best of it. 

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