Culture is an ever-changing landscape, and influences on these changes can be powerful and surprising. The plastic surgery industry has changed a lot over the last decade, with more and more people seeking custom alterations to their physical appearance and setting trends toward minimally invasive procedures. There are also trends surrounding photo, sharing, and social media trends. In fact, many plastic surgeons are seeing increases in certain procedures, due in part to the rise of the “selfie.”
The Perfect Angle
Rhinoplasty has been on the rise since social media became mainstream. People often seek rhinoplasty to improve their appearance on camera. Looking good on camera has to do with the angle at which “selfies” are taken. Selfies, or self-portraits, often distort the appearance of the nose in photographs, sometimes making it appear larger, which can draw negative attention to the feature. However, this does not mean that the nose is too large or could benefit from reshaping surgery. In some cases, reputable plastic surgeons will turn away prospective patients who seek rhinoplasty for these reasons.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The rhinoplasty procedure itself varies widely between patients due to the custom nature of the techniques and results. Rhinoplasty can help with many different nasal deformities and aesthetic flaws, including crookedness, overly large nose, nasal hump, uneven nostrils, bulbous tip, and much more. The procedure typically requires downtime of about one to two weeks following surgery, and patients can expect swelling to persist for many months afterward. Final healing should be complete in about a year, but most of the swelling will be resolved after six months. Rhinoplasty is a major undertaking, and patients need to be aware of what they are getting into before proceeding.
Does It Help?
For those who do undergo the procedure, does it actually improve their self-image on and off camera? It all depends on the patient and the procedure. Many people have inflated expectations about the procedure, and are therefore typically less likely to be satisfied with the results after recovery. Reasonable expectations for the results of nasal surgery are one of the requirements for candidacy, but it is hard to enforce this. For patients who actually do manage to keep expectations realistic, the results can be beneficial to overall confidence and self-esteem. Many of the benefits of rhinoplasty are intangible to others, but the important part is that the patient is happy with his or her new look.
Ready for a New Look?
If you think you would like to move forward with rhinoplasty and you think you may be a good candidate, then it’s time to start the research process involved with choosing the right surgeon. Facial surgery is very tricky, particularly nasal surgery, and choosing a qualified surgeon is vital to achieving a natural-looking result. You will want to meet only with board certified facial plastic surgeons who have years of experience in helping patients reach their goals.
Not sure where to begin? Come to Buckingham Center and meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham is highly skilled and respected. He emphasizes beautiful, custom results for each patient. For more information, call 512-401-2500 today to schedule a consultation.