Rhinoplasty, or altering your nose, is one of the most-sought after treatments on RealSelf, with people giving it a 90 percent Worth It rating to date.
Yet another option, a non-surgical nose job, also offers minor tweaks to improve the appearance of a nose with injectable fillers. It also has a high satisfaction among people, with a 91 percent Worth It rating.
Which is right for you?
While the thought of getting a new nose in under 15 minutes might sound appealing, whether you’re a good candidate for quickie nose job really depends on your nose’s structure and issues, and your doctor’s analysis. Here’s who makes a good candidate for a non-surgical nose job, and the reasons you might want to invest in a full rhinoplasty.
Non-surgical nose job
“The benefit of a non-surgical rhinoplasty is that it is relatively quick and can be done in a treatment room,” said Dr. Barry M. Weintraub, a New York plastic surgeon. “The drawback is that the result is temporary, and only a few nasal configurations can be appropriately treated with this approach.”
There might be some slight bruising after a non-surgical nose job, but typically there is little to no downtime. According to prices reported by people on RealSelf, expect to spend around $1,025.
Sometimes, fillers just won’t be able to give you the results you want.
If that’s the case, your doctor might recommend rhinoplasty. You’ll have two options: an open or closed procedure. In an open procedure, a small incision will be made along the columella, the skin between your nostrils, and a few internal incisions. A closed procedure uses the same internal incisions without needing to touch the columella.
Your doctor will help you choose the right type of rhinoplasty. If your doctor suggests an open rhinoplasty, but you’re afraid the scar will be too noticeable, you shouldn’t worry as the scar usually fades to almost nothing.
Since a rhinoplasty breaks and/or shaves the nose, expect to take at least three to five days off work. Most people report that 80 to 90 percent of swelling resolves in the first six weeks, but full results after a rhinoplasty require patience. It may take a year or longer for all the swelling to resolve.
According to prices reported by people on RealSelf, expect to spend around $7,475 on a rhinoplasty.
Consider options, be realistic
Not every nose will work for every face. The celebrity nose you admire might not be the right choice, or even possible, for you.
“People seem to gravitate to whomever the big news is about at that time,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, an Edison, New Jersey, facial plastic surgeon. “I remember when not too long ago Kate Middleton’s nose was the hot-ticket item.”
Dr. Weintraub says that a personalized approach is essential: “It is extremely important to take into account a patient’s specific facial structure — width of cheekbones, length of face, the delicacy of features — and to produce a nose that is harmonious and natural-looking, so the patient appears to not have had any surgery, but to simply be a product of good genetics.”
Which celebrity nose is most desired? According to experts, there are a few recurring requests: Nicole Kidman, Megan Fox, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie. But the right nose for you should be all about you.