When you hear “nose job,” the image of an extreme before-and-after photo might come to mind. Many people think of nose jobs as an obvious surgery that will drastically change a person’s face to a very noticeable degree. In truth, a nose job can have any amount of visible impact you can imagine. A nose job can be nearly undetectable, but even the slightest adjustment can change the proportions of your face in ways that will have everyone wondering what your secret is.
Confidence is Key
Feeling good about your appearance can make a world of difference. Dr Ritz is committed to making sure you are satisfied with the results of your rhinoplasty, and you might be surprised by how changed you feel when you love your nose, even with the smallest of adjustments. We are all our own worst critics—it’s possible that what you want to change about your nose isn’t even noticeable to other people.
But waking up every day feeling less than 100 percent confident about your nose can take an unseen toll on your self-esteem, and lowered self-esteem can have a multitude of negative effects on your life. In fact, several studies over the years have found that rhinoplasties have beneficial psychological outcomes when it comes to self-confidence. Confident people are, on average, happier, healthier, more spontaneous and more likely to succeed at their jobs. Cosmetic surgeons like Dr Ritz have dedicated their careers to helping people feel their best, and a rhinoplasty is one procedure that can make the biggest difference.
The Psychology of Symmetry
Evolutionary research shows that humans have an intuitive ability to pick up on facial symmetry. Although attractiveness is subjective, people tend to gravitate towards those they identify as having symmetrical faces. People subconsciously use facial symmetry to choose their partners, perceive friendliness and even judge healthiness. Your nose plays a big part in facial symmetry—it is a major focal point of the face and a reference for the rest of your facial features. A 2014 Norwegian study even showed that attractiveness ratings in photographs of both male and female subjects increased after centering the tip of the nose on the face.
A rhinoplasty can adjust your nose to give your face balance and symmetry. It may not even require a significant change of shape or size—everyone’s face is different, and facial symmetry is not necessarily based on other, more subjective standards of attractiveness. Facial symmetry alone can impact the way you interact with others, and a rhinoplasty can play a big part in balancing your features.
Not all nose jobs are cosmetic. Functional rhinoplasties can correct difficulties like deviated septums, nasal polyps, and the enlargement of nasal bones called turbinates. These are all more common concerns than you might think: the American Academy of Otolaryngology estimates that 80 percent of people have some degree of a deviated septum, and enlargement of the lowest turbinate is a known as a leading cause of nasal breathing difficulty. Many people live with breathing difficulties like these, chalking it up to seasonal allergies or sinus sensitivity when in reality a rhinoplasty could alleviate the problem. If you believe you may be suffering from an obstructed nasal passage, you should consult your doctor to find out if a functional rhinoplasty can help.
A rhinoplasty can have a host of hidden benefits that can improve your quality of life. To learn more about what a rhinoplasty can do for you, call Dr Ritz’s practice today on (03) 5213 7975 to schedule an initial consultation.