There are a lot of myths out there about rhinoplasty. Can you refute some of them?
Myths about Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a very popular cosmetic procedure. As such, there is a lot of information available about it and, naturally, it is difficult for most people to differentiate fact from fiction. However, it is very important for prospective patients to fully understand the risks and benefits of any procedure before going under the knife. Here are a few myths surrounding rhinoplasty.
- You can get any size or shape nose you desire. One of the important factors in creating a satisfying result is managing expectations. Although modern surgical techniques can accomplish a great deal, it simply is not possible to create any nose for any individual. Your surgeon will be limited by the underlying structure of your nose in determining what is possible for you.
- Rhinoplasty is very painful. In fact, most patients do not experience much pain during or after their rhinoplasty. The procedure itself is usually performed under general anesthesia, so you will not feel anything. Afterwards, patients commonly experience some discomfort or feel congested, but for most the symptoms are tolerable and easily controlled with over-the-counter medication.
- No scars or complications will result from your rhinoplasty. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with rhinoplasty. Complications, although usually avoided through careful planning and state-of-the-art surgical techniques, are always possible. As far as scarring, it depends partially on the type of procedure you undergo. No matter what, your surgeon will do everything possible to minimize visible scars.
- Ethnic rhinoplasty patients will end up looking Caucasian. Rhinoplasty is intended to improve and enhance the appearance. It is not intended to erase identity, or to make a person into something or someone they are not. Patients and doctors involved in an ethnic rhinoplasty surgery work together to create a realistic and appropriate nose that enhances the overall appearance of the face.
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