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As Plain As The Nose On Your Face: Trends In Rhinoplasty

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When you say the phrase "nose job" you are really talking about rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery that changes the shape of your nose, and it can be done for functional reasons (like easier breathing) or cosmetic reasons (like getting rid of a nose you think is too big for your face).

Learn what you should consider first, before you have a nose job.

It's done for function as well as aesthetics.

There are two types of rhinoplasty: functional and aesthetic. Functional rhinoplasty focuses on improving breathing, frequently by repairing a deviated septum, and is usually covered by insurance.

Aesthetic rhinoplasty is done to change the outward appearance of the nose and is rarely (if ever) covered by insurance. The average cost of rhinoplasty is $4,500.

Sometimes, function and aesthetics work together, and if so, fine. But if you're considering rhinoplasty for the sake of appearance alone, don't let the idea that it is an "unnecessary" surgery stop you from doing it. It's hard to quantify, but the emotional need for rhinoplasty may be equally as necessary as the physical need for one.

It's not about that the "ideal" nose. It's about having the right nose.

Don't chalk the desire for an aesthetic rhinoplasty up to "sheer vanity." An aesthetic rhinoplasty is usually about creating harmony between a person's nose and the rest of his or her face.

In other words, it's about having a nose that fits your face, not a nose that detracts from, or looks odd with, the rest of your features. It's not about having a nose that defines your sense of emotional well-being, but a nose that doesn't interfere with your emotional well being.

It's not about having an "ideal" nose, it's about having the right nose.

Don't let current fashions influence you.

Hopefully, this goes without saying, but if you think that you want to get a nose job done, don't view your nose as an fashion accessory for your face.

Trends tend to develop around current ideals of beauty. Since Kate Middleton married into the royal family of England, her "perky" nose has been the inspiration for a lot of rhinoplasty seekers. It's not uncommon for one ethnic group to idealize the standards of beauty of another ethnic group, especially where faces are concerned.

In Iran, both men and women are getting nose jobs to make themselves appear more "western." In China, the fashionable nose is the "Eiffel Tower," where the nose is enlarged, then shaped to resemble the sides of the Eiffel tower. The goal is emulate noses in European countries and the United States.

Rhinoplasty surgeons are counseling clients to consider what's right for their own face, not what looks good on someone else's face. An upturned nose might look cute on a petite girl, but look strange on a woman who's tall and athletic.

If you do decide on rhinoplasty, remember to center your choices around the idea that you want to enhance the face you have, not hide it. For more help, contact a company like William M. Parell, MD, PSC to learn more.

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