Can a Nose Job Melt? 5 Truths About Rhinoplasty

EliseR on 2 Jan 2014 at 9:00am

It's time to get to the bottom of five recurring questions/statements about rhinoplasty - are they fact or fiction?

Rumors about Rhinoplasty- could your voice sound different?

Fact or Fiction: Rhinoplasty could affect your voice.


"Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and Sinus surgery can all potentially affect the quality of your voice," says Dr. Shervin Naderi, a facial plastic surgeon from Washington DC.

Although the changes are generally subtle enough that only trained musical ears can detect it, many vocalists just say "no" to nose jobs. Example: Barbara Streisand.

Freaky rumors about nose jobs - you might be crazy

Fact or Fiction: If you're seeking a nose job, there's a 33% chance you're crazy.


Well, maybe. A past study from Belgium suggests that 1 in 3 people who opt for rhinoplasty have a mental condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The 16-month study published by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery involved 226 patients. Of the patients receiving rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons, the rate of BDD jumped to 43%! 

If you think you need a nose job, it might be worth getting a second - or third - opinion.

Fact or Fiction: Your nose job could melt in the sun.


As ridiculous as this myth sounds, it's actually based on a shred of truth: black market instant nose jobs have been known to use candle wax injections to reshape the nose. As you can imagine, candle wax and heat don't mix well.

Luckily, these methods are illegal. The rubberized silicon or biological tissue that is legal used in nasal implants will absolutely not melt in the sun.

5 rumors about rhinoplasty- could you lose your sense of smell

Fact or Fiction: Rhinoplasty could affect your sense of smell.


When you wake up from a rhinoplasty surgery, it's almost certain that your sense of smell will be less than what it was before surgery. Luckily, this side affect is temporary! 

"Temporary loss of smell and taste sensation after rhinoplasty is not unusual and tends to improve over  3-6 weeks," says Chicago plastic surgeon,  Dr. Otto Joseph Placik

Permanent loss of smell can occur, but it is incredibly rare.

5 rumors about rhinoplasty: could you end up with a detachable nose?

Fact or Fiction: If your surgery goes wrong, you could end up with a detachable plastic nose like Michael Jackson was rumored to have.


First off, MJ never had a detachable nose- that was just a nasty rumor started by Ray Hultman, a juror from MJ's 2005 trial.

Secondly, despite the small possibility that a rhinoplasty could go wrong, there are many different options for revision. Not a single one of these options involve becoming a living Mr. Potato Head.   

Want to learn more about rhinoplasty and see some amazing before-and-afters? Click here!

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i had this done at Mcindoe, it turned out great, i would recommend going to have the surgery done there than anywhere else
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Hi, I am Angeline. It was great reading your blog. I think this is a very good service for the patients who had done surgeries in their face. This make them confident with their personality. So, in my opinion, it will be a great service to this generation.Thank you.
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I had a rhinoplasty 12 years ago. I lost about 40% of my smell permanently. Last year I had a cold and lost more smell. Two months ago I had the flu and lost more. Now I have lost 85%. Just want people to know that it does happen
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Haha, after much research I found nothing that substantiate the ol' legend of the detachable nose job, which leads me to conclude it is just that: an urban legend. 

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I've heard of detachable noses, but is this for real?  Please tell!
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Haha I'd never heard that MJ's nose could detach! I may have believed it based on the appearance. 

Also: candle wax in your nose???? The only time a candle would ever go near my face is for cleaning purposes (you know, how some people melt candles into their ears).

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Candles aren't actually melted in the ear. The candles are hollow and work much like a chimney to suck things up and out.
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