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Will It Be Obvious if a Patient Had a Rhinoplasty?

Do I have to tell my peers about my nose job? I am about to have a nose job. Do I have to tell peers I am going to get it? Will everyone notice?


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Natural rhinoplasty results

You should not need to share your personal medical history with anyone. A rhinoplasty should result in a natural, harmonious result that matches a person's face. Careful planning and communication between the doctor and patient is important in this regard.

Having said this, a natural result may still be dramatically different than how you look now. If this is the case for you, then your peers may or may not notice it on their own. The degree of change that you seek will determine this. Computer simulations may help you visualize what the changes you seek will look like.

Hope this helps.

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Are results from rhinoplasty noticeable

Over aggressive surgery of any type, especially nasal surgery, is very noticeable. The sides pinch in, the skin fails, the tip droops, the top becomes depressed and shows irregularities, not to mention what happens with the breathing.

So not every rhinoplasty ends well. Every patient should research their surgeon carefully, see many before-after pictures, and have the feeling that they trust the decision making of their doctor.

Most patients who have had a fabulous result with their rhinoplasty only are complimented on their appearance overall. Did they lose weight? Is their hair different? Even patients with amazing before-after pictures should not be pegged as having had a rhinoplasty.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 119 reviews

The best nosejobs are ones that make you look better but no one knows its your nose

The best complement I get from patients is when they come back after surgery and tell me that they saw an old friend who said "you look great, what did you do? lose weight? have a makeover? new hairdo?" A well done nosejob should fit your face and not call attention to the nose.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Your Potential Nose Job

Whether or not you wish to tell your peers about an upcoming nose job is completely up to your discretion. An experienced surgeon will design your new nose to look as natural as possible, making sure the changes suit your surrounding facial features and avoiding a look that is too overdone or “fake.” That being said, depending on the specifics of your rhinoplasty, it is indeed probable that your peers may notice that some work has been done. In any case, a nose job is primarily designed to make the patient feel more comfortable in his or her own skin so you shouldn’t devote too much attention to others’ reactions to your decision.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Not if the desired results are proportionate with your face

There is no way someone would know if you got rhinoplasty if the results achieve a proportionate improvement and there is overall harmony. You don't have to tell anyone that you had surgery unless you want to. However, if the change is very noticeable, then some people might wonder. Of course it's totally up to you if you want to tell them.   

There should not be any telltale signs from rhinoplasty

If a rhinoplasty has been performed there should be no telltale signs of having had the surgery. The rhinoplasty operation performed in experienced hands can leave the patient with a very natural appearing nose without too much uplifting, ski slopes or Ms. Piggy look. It is important to wait at least two to three weeks after rhinoplasty to resume work and social activities to allow most of your facial swelling to subside.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Privacy after Rhinoplasty

Friends and associates will typically only notice a bad rhinoplasty. A nose job should never look like a "nose job". Seek a surgeon whose work you like.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

A well balanced rhinoplasty surgery can be inconspicuous

When rhinoplasty has good aesthetic balance, others will think you look better for other reasons, a new haircut, losing weight, etc. It is only when rhinoplasty is overdone with a skin slope bridge, pinched tip, and pig like upturned nose that people will be clued in.

Andrew Jacono, MD
Great Neck Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Rhinoplasty results

If you are already scheduled to have a rhinoplasty, these are questions that are best answered by your operating surgeon. If you are in the process of getting consultations in preparation for choosing your surgeon, these questions should be addressed. It depends on what you are looking to achieve with your rhinoplasty, whether or not it will be noticible. Subtle changes that you have done for imperfections that bother you but others do not notice, will likely not draw attention to your nose after surgery. But even is some cases where a dramatic change is made to the nose, sometimes even close friends cannot put their finger on what looks different in their friend! Good luck with your surgery!

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 97 reviews

Rhinoplasty results

A good rhinoplasty should not be too obvious. Obviuosly close friends and family will identify that your nose may look different. If a good rhinoplasty is performed most people that do not know you will not likely suspect that you had one done.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

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