5 Reasons Rhinoplasty Might Not Be for You

Dr. Buonassisi Answers "What Does It Mean to be a 'Candidate' for Rhinoplasty Surgery?" from Dr. Thomas Buonassisi on Vimeo.

5 Reasons You Might Not be a Candidate for Rhinoplasty


Making the decision to have rhinoplasty is a big one, and should be made with a great deal of care and attention. It takes time, effort and money to research potential rhinoplasty surgeons and book consultations. In this video, Dr. Buonassisi explains what it means to be a candidate for surgery, and covers some of the most common reasons that some people should not pursue this procedure, no matter how badly they want to change their nose.

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Are The Changes I want to Make Possible?


Rhinoplasty can make many improvements to the nose and this can benefit your overall facial balance in a number of ways. Typical nasal changes include:

  • Hump reduction: to reduce a prominent dorsal hump
  • Tip refinement: to create a more delicate and sophisticated-looking nasal tip
  • Tip rotation: to rotate the tip of the nose up or down
  • Augmentation: to increase the height of the bridge or further project the tip of the nose
  • Alar base reduction: to narrow the nostrils


Are the Changes I want to Make Reasonable?


While small changes are often requested, the limitations of nose job surgery largely depend on factors that vary from patient to patient, including skin thickness and the firmness of your nasal cartilages.

For example:

  • Skin quality, and if it is thick or thin, will partly determine the degree to which the tip area can be augmented or refined – if your surgeon is an expert, they will select the appropriate technique to achieve the change you are looking for while managing your expectations around the degree of change that you will see.
  • The firmness of the nasal cartilages, and if they are soft or stiff, affect the outcome too. Cartilage features are often determined by your ethnicity, so a surgeon with vast experience performing ethnic rhinoplasty will be a huge asset.
  • If your nose is twisted on front view and you want it to be straightened completely through surgery, your expectations may not be realistic.

Expectations setting is the responsibility of your physician. Expert rhinoplasty surgeons will be able to predict if the changes you want to make can be achieved with surgery or not. Your satisfaction depends on your cosmetic result and if it is what you were expecting. A thorough rhinoplasty assessment with a rhinoplasty expert who will use computer imaging as part of the consultation, is essential.


Do I Need a Nose Job?


Perhaps the most important question to ask is whether you really require rhinoplasty. Cosmetic surgery is no small matter – as with any surgical procedure, there are risks to consider. It is always better to avoid surgery if possible.

Patients who do decide to proceed with surgery are very happy with their results when they choose an expert surgeon who sets they expectations properly. It is always a bonus when the patient is assigned a team of care givers whose mission it is to create a great cosmetic surgery experience.


Are My Motivations Healthy? Am I Healthy Enough to Have Surgery?


Rhinoplasty can change your appearance and, to a certain degree, it can change the way you feel about yourself. Most patients report a feeling of increased self confidence after surgery, and it is reasonable to hope for something similar. What surgery can’t do, however, is change your life. If you hope or believe that a new nose will repair a broken relationship or get you a job promotion, your motivations for undergoing cosmetic surgery may not be healthy.


Am I too young for surgery?


Because your nasal anatomy needs time to fully mature, rhinoplasty is not recommended for girls younger than 15 and boys younger than 16. In addition to parental consent, there are other special considerations for teens who meet the minimum age requirements. Dr. Buonassisi discusses the extra precautions he takes with his teen rhinoplasty patients in this TV interview with Dr. Rhonda Low on CTV News.

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