Nose jobs are one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Mechanicsburg and across the United States. In fact, plastic surgery as a whole continues to grow in popularity; around 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in 2017 – and 218,000 of those were nose jobs. This represents a 200 percent overall increase in plastic surgeries since 2000. Nose jobs and other plastic surgery procedures can improve your appearance and correct medical defects – but do they make you feel better psychologically?
Popular Reasons for Rhinoplasty
People undergo nose jobs, medically referred to as rhinoplasty, in Mechanicsburg for a variety of reasons, both cosmetic and medical. They may wish to repair their nose following an accident or injury, improve their ability to breathe, fix a birth defect or simply alter the shape or size of their nose because they are unhappy with its appearance. In general, the people most likely to choose plastic surgery fall into three categories:
- Pessimistic, shy or insecure individuals
- Impulsive novelty-seekers
- Confident people who want to invest in their appearance
A rhinoplasty performed by your Mechanicsburg plastic surgeon can alter the size and shape of your nose in several ways:
- Change the size or angle
- Straighten the bridge
- Reshape the tip
- Narrow the nostrils
Plastic surgery, whether a nose job or other procedure, is a personal matter; there is no right or wrong reason to decide a change in appearance is in order. And doing so, it turns out, can make you feel better.
One study looked at 544 patients who chose cosmetic plastic surgery and followed them at various intervals (three, six and 12 months) post-procedure. Results indicated that a majority of these patients reported positive outcomes in a variety of areas including anxiety, social phobia, depression, body dysmorphia, goal attainment, quality of life, physical and mental health, well-being, self-esteem and self-efficacy. Those most likely to feel positive over the outcome tended to choose surgery in order to correct a physical feature they were dissatisfied with.
Of course, not everybody experiences positive feelings following a plastic surgery procedure. Individuals who are most likely not to feel better afterwards often fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Have unrealistic expectations of the procedure/outcome
- Are correcting a minimal deformity
- Are motivated based on “fixing” a broken relationship
- Have a history of depression, anxiety or personality disorder
- Have previously had an unsatisfactory cosmetic surgery
Realistic expectations seem to be the key to a positive psychological outcome. If you walk into your plastic surgeon’s office looking like Peewee Herman and expect to exit resembling Paul Newman, you are bound to be disappointed. But if you understand that plastic surgery isn’t a magic cure-all for everything, you will probably be quite satisfied with your results.
If you are considering a nose job or have questions about the rhinoplasty procedure, speak to a Mechanicsburg plastic surgeon today.