Cookie Cutter Nose Jobs

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Will my nose job be unique?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty is the third most popular type of cosmetic surgery, coming in right behind breast augmentation and liposuction. One explanation for this is that there are a wide range of benefits of nose surgery, both for functional as well as aesthetic reasons. Functionally, the patient may seek relief from nasal issues that interfere with breathing or sleeping. For example, a deviated septum may cause a variety of symptoms, such as frequent sinus infections, loud snoring and even sleep apnea, which leads to the individual actually stopping to breathe while sleeping.

Aesthetic reasons for wanting a nose job usually fall somewhere on this list: • Nasal bump • Bulbous tip • Too wide • Too narrow • Crooked • Drooping tip

Of course, there are always going to be those who make an appointment for a consultation and bring a picture of their favorite celebrity and say “I want this nose.” Some of the more popular requests from women are Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Men tend to prefer Jude Law, Josh Duhamel and Ben Affleck.

Aside from those determined to have a celebrity look-alike nose, today’s more balanced trend is moving toward an approach that is much subtler, less radical and focused on what best suits the patient as an individual. Experienced rhinoplasty surgeons will strive to mold the shape to fit the patient’s face as well as ethnicity in order to create as natural a result as possible. During the process, improved functionality will be combined with cosmetic changes.

What the cosmetic surgery industry, especially rhinoplasty surgeons, are getting away from is the “cookie cutter nose”. There was a time when the standard that everyone wanted was an upturned, Anglo nose, and it wasn’t unheard of to walk down the street and meet someone with the exact same nose. During the 1970’s, a popular Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Howard Diamond, turned out so many identical noses that they became known as the Diamond nose. According to the documentary film, My Nose, written and produced by Gayle Kirshenbaum, “A Diamond nose was recognizable by signature nuances, a flare there, and an upturn here.”

There are many reasons to explore rhinoplasty surgery and each one is personal and unique to the individual. This is the spirit that should guide not only making the decision to proceed but also what the intended results are. Your nose and face reflect who you are to everyone you meet. Find a skilled and experienced surgeon to help you make your personal statement as natural and true to who you are as possible.

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Englewood Facial Plastic Surgeon