How to know if you're psychologically prepared to get a rhinoplasty?

  • curious10
  • 2 years ago

Hi everyone.   I was curious, how do you know if you are psychologically ready to get a rhinoplasty?   I am woman in my early 20s and I have hated my nose ever since I was 10.  I dislike/hate looking into mirrors and taking pictures, because I feel like my nose takes up my whole face (especially when I smile).  I am from a culture where strong, prominent bridges and small noses are thought to be beautiful; instead, I have a bulbous tip, a low bridge, and large nostrils.  It may sound trivial, but I do get depressed looking into the mirrors and pictures sometimes - I always think "man, if I had a smaller nose, I'd be actually kinda pretty."   I feel that if I get a rhinoplasty, I wouldn't want it to look awfully sculpted - I would just want a reduction in my nostrils, to balance my face out.  I wouldn't feel so insecure about smiling, where my nose flattens a lot.   I have a consultation next week with a doctor - if anyone has recommendations for rhinoplasty surgeons in NYC, please let me know.   Has anyone had an experience similar to mine?  How do you know when you're "ready"?  Any advice?

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Thanks so much, Angie. I've been scouring the forums and find that you say such helpful advice. Would you say your experience is totally worth it (pain, price, etc)?
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I think you're there! I really do. I had my rhinoplasty in my late twenties (27) and wish I could've done it sooner. Here is what I think it takes: you need to detest your nose so much that almost anything would be better, you need to be realistic in your expectations and know that you'll likely get great improvement, but not perfection, and you need to find a rhinoplasty SPECIALIST to perform the operation. I know I sound like a broken record as far as this goes, but it's soooo important. Go on at least 2 or 3 consultations to find the surgeon who's the best fit. Unless you feel totally right and at ease, don't just go with the first surgeon you meet with.

Here's a list of surgeons in the NYC area who do rhinoplasty. Be sure to ask if they specialize.

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Thanks so much, Angie. I've been scouring the forums and find that you say such helpful advice. Would you say your experience is totally worth it (pain, price, etc)?
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