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Does Nose Job Impact Self-Esteem?

December 9th, 2013

Rhinoplasty  or nose job is one of the most common elective plastic surgery procedures, second only to breast surgery in popularity. Nose surgery is most often used to reduce the size of the nose, to change the shape or angle of the tip or to straighten the nasal bridge. According to statistics from the  American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 245,000 patients had elective nose re-shaping surgery. Some of my happiest patients are those that have had  rhinoplasty surgery. Jesse is one of those patients we followed on our blog. We filmed her surgery and she wrote all about her own experience. She was moved with tears of joy as I took off her splint and showed her the result. I was touched by her reaction and pleased that she was so happy with the result. You can check out her video,  just click here.

Does a nose job substantially impact or reflect change in self-esteem? A recent study revealed that getting a “nose job” might do more than researchers first realized to  improve someone’s looks. The study, which appears in the February issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, suggests that the procedure may also make patients appear younger on average. Dr. Michael Olding, chief of plastic surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine, questioned whether it’s the remodeled nose, or the patient’s new outlook. “Patients usually come back happier, with more of a smile on their face,” he said. I happen to agree with Dr. Olding.   I have observed that my patients often experience a boost in self-confidence after undergoing cosmetic surgery nipntucks. I believe that self-image is powerful in forming the conception that one has of oneself, to include assessment of qualities and personal worth. The saying, “To look good…is to feel good” does seem to have some validity in this regard.

Watch Jessie’s  surgery:  click here  Read more of Jessie’s story:  click here

Image: from  Leonardo da Vinci: Studies of the Human Body and Principles of Anatomy

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