3 Common myths about rhinoplasty and the truth behind them

Rhinoplasties are one of the most common plastic procedures being performed in this country, and strangely, they are one of the most misunderstood as well.

If you are thinking of getting one, it's important to understand how the procedure works and what you can expect from it. You can't go in with false expectations as you may be disappointed with the results. You may not fully understand what will be expected of you after your procedure either. Let's take a look at some of the most common myths about rhinoplasty and the truth behind them.

You can get any nose you want

One of the worst misconceptions about rhinoplasty is that you can’t pick your nose shape from a catalog and get anything you like. Tons of people go into a plastic surgeon’s office asking for the nose of a specific celebrity, but that's not how things work.

People have different facial structures, and while a certain nose size and shape might work on someone, it might not work for you. This is why you should look at the overall facial structure of the people whose nose you'd like and see how it compares to yours. Your surgeon will be better placed to tell you which type of nose would work the best for you as well.

It would also help to work with a doctor who’s used to working with people who look like you and have the kind of issues you want to correct. This is something you’ll be able to tell quickly from their portfolio. If you are considering getting rhinoplasty surgery for crooked nose, for instance, look for pictures of people who have had the same procedure performed to get an idea of the results you can expect to get.

Everyone will be able to tell that you’ve had a nose job

This myth about rhinoplasty is one of the most persuasive, and bad plastic surgeons are to blame. If you get the procedure done by a good surgeon, only the people you know will be able to make a difference, and that’s if you have a major procedure done. Obvious nose jobs are either the result of incompetence or the patient making bad decisions. If you go with a surgeon with lots of experience and pick a nose shape and size that looks natural, there’s no reason to believe that people will be able to notice at first sight.

My insurance will cover the procedure

This myth is only partially false. Most insurance policies do not cover elective procedures, meaning procedures that are voluntary and aren't performed to treat life-threatening or altering issues. If you have difficulties breathing because of some physical issues with your nose, for instance, it should be covered. If you want to replace it because you want a better-looking one, however, then don't expect your insurer to foot the bill.

There are also cases when a patient will need the procedure performed both for aesthetic and physical reasons. In this case, it would be better to speak with your insurer as your policy may cover a portion of the procedure.

These are all myths about rhinoplasties that should be dispelled right away. Instead of basing your opinions on legends and hearsay, speak with a qualified surgeon today and hear what they have to say.

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