The BIGGEST misconceptions about nose surgery
Otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon, Mr Patrick Walsh sees many patients who want surgery to change the shape of their nose. Here are Mr Walsh’s top 3 biggest misconceptions about nose surgery that we will clear up below.
1. A septoplasty will straighten my nose
This is incorrect. A septoplasty is an operation to straighten the septum of the nose which is an internal structure. It is a commonly performed surgery often with the aim of opening the nasal airway and improving airflow in the nose for the treatment of nasal obstruction. It is commonly mistaken for septorhinoplasty surgery which is an operation which straightens both the internal septum as well as the outer structure of the nose. Having a septoplasty surgery on its own will not change the look of the external nose.
2. I would like my nose to be like Angelina’s please!
Unfortunately, it is not possible to order a particular looking nose. When patients decide they want a nose job, they tend to look at many people’s noses and visualise what would look great on their face. However, each nose can only be surgically changed to adapt to what the person already has. It is all about making improvements on what you already have whilst keeping in proportion to the rest of the face. An ideal result of a nose job is to not notice the nose too much at all. Fortunately our 3D imaging technology makes it easier to visualise what outcomes are possible when having surgery with Mr Walsh.
3. The nose can be made as small as I would like.
This is not necessarily true. There is a limit to how small any nose can be reduced to with a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure. The reason is that the smaller the nose, the narrower the airway and the risk of an obstructed nose increases. By narrowing the airway too much, the nose could potentially be obstructed either partially or fully or the result could also be a permanent nasal whistle which can be very frustrating for the patient to live with. There is a lower limit to how small a nose should be reduced and it is the surgeon’s job to aim for the best visual result that is easy to breathe through. This is especially the case if you have thick skin. Thick skin needs a certain amount of structure beneath it to be able to define the nose.
To arrange a consultation with Mr Walsh contact our St Kilda rooms on (03) 95100714.