Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure that can reshape or reconstruct the nose in many ways. From aesthetic defects to trauma and breathing problems, rhinoplasty can be an extremely positive experience for patients.
Unfortunately, it can also be a poor decision to undergo rhinoplasty, if done for the wrong reasons. There are several reasons getting rhinoplasty could be the wrong decision, including unreasonably high expectations for the surgery or pressure from friends and family members.
One of the more serious problems commonly associated with prospective rhinoplasty patients is Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Let’s take a look at why many prospective patients suffer from BDD and why ethical surgeons will turn patients away if they are aware that the patient has the disorder.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder manifests as a body-image issue, causing the sufferer to obsess over small or imperceptible flaws, magnifying them and worrying about them enough to interfere with daily life.
Negative thoughts about a specific body part can consume hours of the day, and people with BDD have a difficult time controlling these feelings. These feelings can cause low self-esteem and prompt behavior such as avoiding social situations, covering up, and spending a lot of time grooming.
The Link to Rhinoplasty
Because BDD causes so much anxiety and concern with minor or perceived flaws, many people who suffer from the disorder are desperate to try to fix the “problems” they see.
The nose is one of the body parts people with BDD often obsess over, so it’s not surprising that rhinoplasty is seen as a potential solution for those who suffer from the disorder. Unfortunately, “fixing” the perceived physical flaw will not cure the underlying problem of BDD, especially when no flaw actually exists.
If you have, or think you might have BDD, it is important to realize that getting a rhinoplasty will not solve the problems created by the disorder.
Most people who suffer from the condition but undergo rhinoplasty anyway end up dissatisfied with their results, due to the unrealistic expectation that surgery will fix all the problems. If you think you might have BDD, you should get an assessment before you speak to any surgeons.
Are You Ready for Rhinoplasty?
The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a major one, and should not be taken lightly. Even if you do not suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, it is common for prospective rhinoplasty patients to have expectations for surgery that are too high.
Don’t seek rhinoplasty expecting perfection; aim for marked improvement instead. For patients with reasonable expectations, rhinoplasty usually results in beneficial confidence and self-esteem boosts.
Rhinoplasty is a complex surgery that may involve a number of different techniques, including breaking and reshaping the nasal bones, cartilage grafting, and more. Because of the complexity of the nose and the relationship between nasal form and function, the surgeon must possess a high level of skill to reliably provide good results.
Initial recovery from rhinoplasty takes about two weeks, but residual swelling will remain for up to 18 months following the procedure. Patients can see approximate results within the first few months, however.
Making Smart & Careful Choices
Rhinoplasty is a decision that should not be made lightly. Once you have determined you are ready to move forward, it’s time for another crucial decision: your choice of surgeon. Your surgeon will be one of, if not the most important factor in the success of your rhinoplasty, so it pays to take your time and choose carefully.
Always choose an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, like Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto. Dr. Mounsey is a rhinoplasty expert who takes pride helping patients obtain beautiful, natural results. Call (416) 438-2499 today to schedule your consultation.